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Aggies Host Arkansas Wednesday to Open SEC Play

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Aggies Host Arkansas Wednesday to Open SEC Play

 

Aggie Basketball Game #14:

Texas A&M (10-3; 0-0 SEC) vs. Arkansas (9-4; 0-0 SEC)

January 8, 2013 · 8:00 p.m. (CT)

Reed Arena (12,989)

College Station, Texas

 

TV: ESPNU

  Dari Nowkhah, Play-by-Play

  Dino Gaudio, Commentary

-Check with your cable provider for channel number/availability in your area

 

RADIO: Texas A&M Radio Network

  Dave South, Play-by-Play

  Al Pulliam, Commentary

  Local: WTAW-AM 1620 (College Station/Bryan)

 

LIVE AUDIO/STATS: AggieAthletics.com

 

TICKETS: Available at the door or online at tickets.12thManFoundation.com

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M men's basketball team begins its inaugural run thought the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday night when the Aggies host Arkansas inside Reed Arena at 8 p.m.

The contest will be televised nationally on ESNPU with Dari Nowkhah (play-by-play) and Dino Gaudio (commentary) calling all the action. Additionally, the game can be heard on the Aggie Radio Network (1620 AM locally in Bryan/College Station) as well as streamed online at AggieAthletics.com.

Texas A&M (10-3) will be looking to start off league play on a winning note as well as claim a third consecutive victory after defeating Houston Baptist 67-59 at Reed Arena on Jan. 3 during its last outing.

The HBU win featured a game-high 17 points from senior guard Elston Turner, who is in the midst of an impressive run of scoring constancy to begin the 2012-13 campaign. The Sacramento, Calif., native leads the Aggies in scoring with 15.5 points per game after reaching double figures in each game this season to give him 10 or more points in 36 of 45 games wearing an A&M uniform.

In addition to Elston, teammate Ray Turner has begun to ratchet up his level of play heading into league action. The 6-foot-9 forward paces the Aggies in rebounding with 86 on the year while also contributing 12 points per contest.

Junior guard Fabyon Harris has also been a solid scoring option for the Aggies during his first season in the program after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho. The Chicago native scored 11 points against HBU to give him seven games of double-figure scoring this season.

Wednesday will not only be the first SEC contest for the Aggies but it will mark a reunion with former Southwest Conference runningmate Arkansas. The two schools shared a spot in the SWC from 1915-1991 when the Razorbacks joined the SEC.

The two schools have faced off 147 previous times on the hardwood during the series, which dates back to the 1923-24 season. Most recently, the two schools met up on Dec. 18, 2010, at Dallas' American Airlines Center ... The 71-62 overtime victory by the Aggies marked the first meeting between the two schools since the break-up of the SWC.

Arkansas (9-4) comes to Aggieland riding a five-game winning streak after earning an 86-51 victory over Delaware State in Fayetteville on Saturday.

The Razorbacks are led by second-year head coach Mike Anderson who returned to Arkansas, where he was an assistant coach from 1985-2002 after successful head coaching stints at UAB and Missouri. A&M fans will also recognize another familiar face on the Hogs' bench as former A&M head coach Melvin Watkins serves as associate head coach.

On the court, Arkansas is highlighted by sophomore guard B.J. Young, who garnered preseason First Team All-SEC honors by the league's coaches and ranks third in the SEC in scoring with a 17.7 point per game average.

Junior forward Marshawn Powell leads the Razorbacks in rebounding with an average of 5.6 points per contest while chipping in 15.2 points per game.

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