As voted on by Big 12 Coaches:
2008-09 BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
COLLEGE STATION -- The Padre Island Invitational and games against
Arizona, Alabama and LSU highlight Texas A&M's 2008-09
non-conference men's basketball schedule.
The Aggies will open the regular-season at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 16) and Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 18) before playing host to the first two games of the Padre Island Invitational. A&M will play Jackson State in the first round game on Nov. 21 and North Carolina Wilmington in the second round on Nov. 25.
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