Army Starts Lone Star State Stretch At Texas A&M

Ella Ellis returns to his hometown as Army's leading scorer.

Ella Ellis returns to his hometown as Army's leading scorer.

Dec. 27, 2012

Army vs. Texas A&M Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Date: Dec. 29, 2012
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Location: College Station, Texas
TV: Fox Sports Net Southwest
Venue: Reed Arena
Capacity: 12,989
Series: First Meeting
Streak: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A

ARMY ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast Saturday’s game live. Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will call the action. FSN Southwest can be seen on DirectTV channel 676 and DISH Network channel 437.

Radio: The Army Sports Network will broadcast the  Texas A&M game. The game will be heard in the Hudson Valley on WALL (1340-AM, Middletown) and WEOK (1390-AM, Poughkeepsie). Rich DeMarco will handle the play-by-play.

Web: An audio stream is available at www.goARMYsports.com. Subscription fees apply.     

TIP-OFF TIDBITS
► Army gets back in action after a week off from competition on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Texas A&M. The game is the first of a two-game road trip in Texas. The Black Knights will play at Houston Baptist on Dec. 31. It is Army’s first trip to the Lone Star State since a 66-58 win at Texas-Pan American on Dec. 29, 2010.
► The Black Knights have won their last two games, both at Christl Arena. Army owns a 4-0 mark at home this season, but have lost their last four games on the road. Saturday’s game starts a stretch of four of the next five games away from West Point.
► Army is coming off a 90-48 win over Division III Rosemont. It was the Black Knights’ first game back from a week-long break during West Point’s term-ending exams. Army has scored at least 90 points in three of its last five games. The Black Knights’ 77.5 points per game is second in the Patriot League and would be Army’s highest-scoring average since the 1993-94 team averaged 77.6 points per contest.
► Saturday’s game is the Black Knights’ first against an SEC opponent since the 1998-99 season opener at Vanderbilt. It is just Army’s fifth SEC foe since defeating LSU in the 1970 NIT. The Black Knights are 0-6 all-time on the road against SEC opponents.
► Army leads the Patriot League in both rebounding (41.2) and rebounding margin (+5.9). It is the Black Knights’ highest rebounding average since the 1974-75 sqaud averaged 44.3 boards per game. If they can maintain their current margin, it would be their highest rebounding differential since the 1965-66 outrebounded teams by an average of 7.8 per game. Army’s 55 rebounds against Rosemont were the highest sine grabbing 59 boards against Bethany on Dec. 20, 1996.
► Senior Ella Ellis continues to be Army’s leading scorer despite a season-low six points against Rosemont. Ellis’s 18.2 points per game is the third-best in the Patriot League. He is just 17 points from climbing another rung on Army’s career scoring ledger. His 1,237 career points is currently 17th at West Point.
► Army has relied on a group of seven freshman that have been a part of the regular rotation since the start of the season. Black Knight rookies account for 48.1 percent of Army’s total points and 46.9 percent of the team’s total rebounds. Kyle Wilson is second on the team at 11.4 points per game.

A WIN OVER TEXAS A&M WOULD …
► Match Army’s season-long winning streak (three games).
► End the Black Knights’ four-game road losing streak.
► Snap Army’s four-game overall losing streak and six-game road losing skid against the SEC.
► Improve Army’s record to 11-6 in their last 17 non-conference games.
► Mark the fourth straight season Army has won at least seven non-conference games.
► Put Army two games over the .500 mark for the first time since starting 3-1.
► Mark head coach Zach Spiker’s 44th win at West Point (43-57; fourth season).

PROBABLE STARTERS
G - #10 Kyle Toth (Fr., 6-1, 175, 7.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg; Averaging 11.4 ppg in five starts)
G - #11 Dylan Cox (Fr., 6-4, 185, 5.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Leads team in assists and rebounds)
F - #13 Ella Ellis (Sr., 6-7, 195, 18.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg; Patriot League’s third-leading scorer)
F - #33 Larry Toomey (Fr., 6-6, 205, 5.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg; Career-high 11 points in win over Maine)
C - #42 Jordan Springer (Sr., 6-6, 220, 4.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Season-high 10 boards against Marist)

THE ARMY-TEXAS A&M SERIES
► Saturday’s game is the first meeting between Army and Texas A&M on the hardwood.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M
► Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy is in his second season guiding the Aggies. A two-time Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Kennedy spent the previous five seasons as the head coach at Murray State.
► Texas A&M is in its first season of competition in the Southeastern Conference. The Aggies had been a member of the Big 12 Conference.
► The Aggies enter Saturday’s game with an 8-3 record, including a 6-1 mark at Reed Arena. Texas A&M won its first six home games of the season before a 53-51 loss to Southern in its last game on Dec. 22. J’Mychal Reese and Elston Turner led the team with 14 points each.
► Texas A&M boasts one of the nation’s top 50 stingiest defenses (49th), giving up just 59.5 points per game. Opponents are shooting only 38.8 percent (54th nationally) through the first 11 games.
► The Aggies are led by senior Elston Turner. Turner was a 2012 honorable mention All-Big 12 pick in his first season of eligibility since transferring from the University of Washington. He is averaging 15.9 points per game and has made 30 of the Aggies’ 57 three-pointers on the season. He is shooting 44.1 percent from deep.
► Ray Turner is also averaging in double figures at 11.9 points per game. He is the team’s leading rebounder at 6.5 boards per contest. Fabyon Harris and J’Mychal Reese are scoring 9.4 and 8.4 points per game, respectively.

SHOOTING STARS
► Army’s success is largely predicated on their ability to shoot the basketball. The Black Knights are 34-8 since the start of the 2004-05 season when making at least half their shots.
► Since the start of the 2004-05 season, Army is 77-63 when shooting at least 40 percent from the floor and 13-90 when shooting below 40 percent.
► Army has lost 22 straight games when shooting 33.3 percent or worse.
► Army is 47-10 in its last 56 games when outshooting its opponent.

UP NEXT ...
Army continues its Texas road trip at Houston Baptist on Monday, Dec. 31. Tip-off is at 3 p.m. ET.

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