Ag’s Host First Round Game in C.B.I.Sports Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team makes its debut in the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night when the Aggies welcome Wyoming to Reed Arena for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Aggies are playing in a post-season tournament for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons and are hoping to use the CBI as a chance to gain valuable experience for the team’s young core of players. In the event’s seven-year history, eighteen teams have used the CBI to springboard to the NCAA Tournament the following year, while another 10 went on to the NIT.
Tickets for Wednesday’s game are priced as low as $5 and can be purchased by contacting the 12th Man Foundation (1 (888) 99-AGGIE (992-4443) /www.12thManFoundation.com) or at the Reed Arena ticket window on game day.
Texas A&M students, meanwhile, will be admitted to the game for free thanks to the generous support of Mountain Dew while Texas A&M Transportation Services has also announced that parking at Reed Arena on Wednesday will be free.
The contest is slated to be televised by Fox College Sports Pacific, check with your cable provider or AggieAthletics.com/TV for availability in your area.
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).
The Aggies enter the CBI with a 17-15 overall record after dropping a heartbreaking 91-83 double-overtime loss to Missouri last week during the second round of the SEC Tournament.
During the Missouri game, Texas A&M was led by sophomore guard Alex Caruso who contributed a career-high 28 points with five 3-point baskets while also pacing the team in both rebounds (8) and assists (7).
Jamal Jones, meanwhile, put forth a gutty performance by contributing 20 points against the Tigers to notch his eighth game with 20 or more points this season despite missing practice for several days leading up to the SEC Tournament due to illness.
Wyoming comes to Aggieland with an 18-14 mark this season that includes a 9-9 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The Cowboys are led by fourth-year head coach Larry Shyatt and are making their third consecutive trip to the CBI.
Prior to taking the head job in Laramie, Shyatt spent seven seasons as an assistant under Billy Donovan at Florida, helping the Gators capture the 2006 and 2007 national championships.
• The Texas A&M men’s basketball team will make its first-ever appearance in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) … The Aggies begin their run in the tournament by hosting Wyoming on Wednesday at Reed Arena.
• The contest against the Cowboys will be just the third post-season men’s basketball game to be held at Reed Arena, following a pair of NIT contests during the 2005 campaign … It also stands as the fourth-ever postseason men’s basketball game in College Station, joining an NIT contest against Lamar at G. Rollie White Coliseum in 1982
• The CBI appearance is Texas A&M’s 19th all-time in a post-season tournament … Texas A&M is 15-19 in post-season tournaments during program history.
• It also marks the eighth time in the last 10 seasons that the Aggies have played in a post-season event.
• Sophomore Alex Caruso erupted for a career-best 28 points during the Aggies’ most recent outing against Missouri at the SEC Tournament, sinking five 3-point shots while pulling down a career-high tying eight rebounds to go along with a game-high seven assists … The College Station, Texas, native leads all SEC players in both assists (154) and assists per game (4.8) while ranking second in the league in total steals (65) and steals per game (2.0).
• Junior forward Kourtney Roberson pulled down his 600th career rebound against the Tigers at the SEC tournament, he currently ranks 15th in the A&M record books with 603 career boards.
• On the defensive end, Texas A&M has been solid, ranking third in the SEC in both scoring defense (63.4 points per game allowed) and field goal percentage defense (.402).
• Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy served as an assistant coach at Wyoming during the 1987-88 season, helping guide the Cowboys to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
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