WBB: How to watch the Auburn-Texas A&M game

The Ags start their defense of the SEC tourney crown on Friday night - USA TODAY Sports

The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament coverage has been spotty here in Aggieland. The Aggies will face Auburn in the Friday Night quarterfinals.

ESPN3 has been blacked out for most of the games up to now. LSU-Bama was on Fox Sports SW, but Ole Miss-Auburn was bumped by Stars Hockey and the Suddenlink sports channel guide has nothing for the A&M game; the Mavs are being shown on FSSW. Ronnie Woodard of TexAgs posted news from Texas A&M's SID about TV coverage:


FS Southwest (main)
Houston, San Antonio, South Texas

FS Southwest Plus [this is probably Fox Sports Plus]
Mavs territory including Bryan/College Station Also, Arkansas and portions of Louisiana

Suddenlink channel 22 in SD only

Dish Network alt channel range
Direct TV likely not carrying it so check your channel guide

SEC awards

Since the last Aggie WBB game, the SEC player of the week and the SEC awards came out. Jordan Jones was player of the week (triple doubles make that an easy choice) and was named co-defensive player of the year with Miss State's Martha Alwal. Courtney Walker made first team all-SEC and Courtney Williams was second team. Although Karla finished behind a bunch of really good SEC posts, Coach Blair said she might be Texas A&M's MVP.

The Tourney so far:

Wednesday was Mississippi upset night as #14 seed Ole Miss knocked off #11 seed Arkansas and Vic Schaefer's #13 seed Miss State Bulldogs knocked off the #12 seed Missouri Tigers. Not surprisingly for a Coach Vic team, a steal with 8 seconds left sealed the win. Thursday, the favorites took 3/4, and the only upset was Georgia over Vandy in the 8/9 game. LSU won the rematch against Bama going away. Mississippi-Auburn, like LSU-Bama was a rematch of a game played Sunday with the lower seed winning. Ole Miss jumped out quickly against Auburn but the Tigers survived a 20 point first half from Valencia McFarland to lead by 1 at half. Ole Miss ran out of gas at the end and Auburn won by 16.

Ags vs Auburn Preview

Auburn was one of several teams to finish 7-9 in conference play. The Autigers were expected to finish 8-8, but as noted above, they lost the finale to Ole Miss. That was Mississippi's second SEC win for the season. The other was in OT vs Miss State. The Ags and Autigers only played once this year, at their place. A&M won by 17 on a road trip that included traveling through the chaos wrought by one of this year's ice storms over the South. It was the game where Jordan Jones fouled out early by getting a technical after protesting her fourth foul.

Auburn used a slightly different starting lineup vs. Ole Miss on Thursday night than what they used in January. The Tanner twins are still in the starting lineup, along with Hasina Muhammad and Brandy Montgomery. But Kiana Parker has taken the fifth spot from Meagan Tucker. This should be of minimal significance, as they both still play about half the game.

The Ags have gone with Tori Scott at the 3, moving Courtney Williams to the 4, the last two games. Blair has said he will adjust the lineup based on the opponent.

Questions:

  • Will the Ags handle Auburn's pressing zone?
  • Will Jordan Jones stay on pace to break Lisa Branch's single season assist record?
  • Will Karla Gilbert break the single season record for blocked shots?
  • Which tie will Coach Blair wear?
  • Will the Aggie women get their first coverage in the Getty photo library for 2014?

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BTHO Auburn!

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