A&M Men’s Hoops at Reed TonightSports Thursday, February 20th, 2014
COLLEGE STATION – Hoping to parlay the home court advantage of Reed Arena into a strong finish to the regular season, the Texas A&M men’s basketball team is back in action on its home court Thursday when it hosts Alabama at 6 p.m.
The contest will be broadcast to a national television audience as ESPN2 will be on hand to showcase all the action and excitement of Texas A&M and the 12th Man to the entire country. Calling the game will be Carter Blackburn and Bob Knight and the match-up will also be streamed on ESPN3.com.
Additionally, the game can be heard on the Texas A&M Sports Network with local coverage in the Bryan-College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).
Reed Arena has provided an edge for the Aggies this season as they hold a 13-2 record inside the facility. Several Aggies have shined while playing in front of the 12th Man. Among them is junior forward Kourtney Roberson, whose thunderous dunk while being fouled during the second half of last Wednesday’s victory over LSU ignited the Maroon & White faithful. This season at Reed Arena, Roberson is averaging 11 points and 7.3 rebounds while producing four double-doubles.
Aggie junior Jamal Jamal is coming off his most complete performance in a Texas A&M uniform as the Wynn, Ark., native collected a double-double with a game-high 17 points and a personal-best 13 rebounds Saturday at Vanderbilt.
The Crimson Tide will be making its first appearance in Aggieland since the 2007 season when Texas A&M handed the visitors from Tuscaloosa a 86-78 loss inside Reed Arena.
This season, Alabama brings a 10-15 overall record and a 4-8 mark in SEC games into the contest. Led by fifth-year head coach Anthony Grant, the Crimson Tide feature a talented roster that is highlighted by senior guard Trevor Releford who ranks fifth in the SEC by averaging 19.5 points per game during league play.
The contest against Alabama is the first of a two-game homestand for the Aggies, who will be hosting consecutive SEC games inside Reed Arena for the first time this season when they return to action against Tennessee on Saturday.
Texas A&M will host four of its final six regular season games in College Station as it seeks a strong finish to the regular season in hopes of bolstering its postseason resume.
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