Aggies Battle Auburn in SEC Tourney

The Aggies' inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference continues this week as Texas A&M travels to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Aggies' inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference continues this week as Texas A&M travels to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for the 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament.

Texas A&M enters the tournaments as the field's No. 11 seed and will face 14th-seeded Auburn on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (CT). The winner will advance to Thursday's second round where it will face No. 6 seed Missouri at 9 p.m. (CT).

Also appearing on the Aggies' side of the bracket is Vanderbilt and Arkansas, who will face off Thursday night for the right to play second-seeded Kentucky in the quarterfinals, and No. 3 seed Ole Miss, which will await the team that advances out of A&M, Auburn and Missouri. On the opposite side of the bracket is top-seeded Florida along with Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

The opening round contest will be televised by the SEC Network.

Texas A&M basketball will be making its first-ever trip to the SEC Tournament, but has accumulated a 22-35 all-time record in conference tournament games during its time in the Southwest Conference (1915-96) and Big 12 Conference (1997-2012). The Aggies have captured two postseason league titles (1980 and 1987) and have reached the conference tournament finals on five occasions (1976, 1980, 1986, 1987 and 1994.).

This season, Texas A&M finished the regular season with a 17-14 record and a 7-11 mark in SEC play, earning a 65-56 victory over Auburn during the schools' only meeting this year.

The Aggies were led during the win at Auburn by senior guard Elston Turner, who scored 21 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the floor. On Tuesday, the Sacramento, Calif., native was honored by the league's coaches as he garnered First Team All-SEC honors, becoming the first Aggie to be named first team all-league since Donald Sloan in 2010.

Also making news this week was senior forward Jarod Jahns, who earned a spot on the SEC Men's Basketball Community Service Team. The walk-on from Spring, Texas, has emerged as a dependable part of the A&M rotation this season, playing in 30 games this year and averaging 14.3 minutes per contest after appearing in only 12 games his previous two seasons on campus.

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