If there is one Aggie whose emotions run as high as his passions run deep for Texas A&M men’s basketball, hands down it’s Alex Caruso. The hometown native son is famous for his ability to fire up a quiet Aggie crowd both with his exciting play as well as overtly encouraging the crowd to make some noise, stand on their feet and to literally rock Reed Arena. And he wants every Aggie basketball fan to show up at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. He’s also hoping 5,000 students will show up to wear white and provide the best crowd for the SEC television audiences watching to see what Aggie spirit is all about. The Texas A&M men’s basketball team (14-5, 5-2 SEC) puts its “longest conference winning streak since 2011” on the line in hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores (11-9, 1-6 SEC).
The Aggies bring a five-game winning streak into today’s game, and that’s after losing a very tight game against current national champs Kentucky. This Aggie men’s team has heart, they have soul, and they’ve got game. Head Coach Billy Kennedy and his team are enjoying some of the best team play in Aggie men’s basketball history this season.
Shooters Danuel House and Jalen Jones have been lighting up the scoreboard with their on-target baskets, in the paint and beyond the arc. When the Aggies beat Auburn earlier this week, House had four of four 3-point baskets go in, pulling in 22 points on the night. He’s the leading Aggie scorer and third in the SEC, two impressive stats.
Seniors Kourtney Roberson and Jordan Green are both at the top of their games as their senior year is their best ever in Aggie play. Earlier this week it was announced that Green was nominated for a national CLASS award, which honors character, commitment, leadership and academics.
And then there’s Alex Caruso, working his way up to more record assists per game, a place he will own top spot in before long. Presently he has 383 assists, and just passed by Dash Harris’ record at 379 (2008-2012) and Dominique Kirk (382 assists from 2004-2008). Caruso is now at sixth-place all-time at Texas A&M. And he’s only a junior. Caruso’s spirit is undeniable—he’s a master at stealing the ball and his coast-to-coast time down the court at Reed is sure to draw loud cheers of approval from everyone lucky enough to be in attendance to see it. Caruso presently is in fifth place on the Aggies’ career steals record. Again, he’s only a junior and he’s determined to keep this streak going.
Caruso, as the message in the photo reminds, rightfully asks students to show up and support this team, that is ever as much deserving of community and faculty/staff as well. But, it’s when the students get into the game that the team knows the 12th man is in the house. Those students with all-sports passes gain free admission to Reed. The price is right.
Affordable general admission tickets are available to the public. Get there early and see what all the excitement is about. Vanderbilt is bringing a 3-1 win record in playing the Aggies in the two years they’ve been in the SEC together today. The Aggies plan on stopping that win streak today, and Alex Caruso asks everyone to attend as the Aggie men’s basketball team puts on a show that is best seen in person.