The Battleground 2k21 will be one of college basketball's top-shelf events of the 2021-22 season, featuring four competitive men's programs from the Lone Star state. The Battleground 2k21 event slate will present some intriguing match-ups, headlined by SEC challenger Texas A&M Aggies taking on Big 12 contender TCU Horned Frogs. In the opening contest, Western Athletic Conference newcomer Sam Houston Bearkats will battle Conference USA staple UTSA Roadrunners.

The charitable component and backdrop for The Battleground 2k21 will be the Athletes Against Abuse Initiative. We truly believe that this campaign and associated activities will bring awareness to child abuse in our country, greatly impact the lives of abused children and be a rewarding experience for the student-athletes and universities.

The Battleground 2k21 game times, television broadcast network and ticket information will be released at a later date.
Participating Teams
Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M (Coach: Buzz Williams, SEC) - Texas A&M looks to rebound following a 8-10 (2-8 SEC) season last year and return two starters from the 2020-21 team in Quenton Jackson and Andre Gordon. Jackson was second on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game and led the team in 3-point shooting at 41.1 percent. Gordon was the only Aggie to start in all 18 games and averaged 8.3 points and dished out a team-high 49 assists. Head Coach Buzz Williams, who is in his third year, welcomes eight newcomers that include freshman Manny Obaseki, who is the second-highest rated commit by the 247 Sports Composite to sign with Texas A&M behind DeAndre Jordan. Additionally, Williams and staff inked some of the top high school players from the state of Texas in guard Wade Taylor IV from Lancaster and forward Ashton Smith from Spring. Other newcomers include Mountain West Freshman of the Year and Dickinson, Texas, native Marcus Williams (Wyoming), Henry Coleman III (Duke), Ethan Henderson (Arkansas) and Aaron Cash (Grayson College).
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TCU Horned Frogs
TCU (Coach: Jamie Dixon, Big 12) - Jamie Dixon enters his sixth season at TCU and one that will have nine new faces on the roster. In the most challenging year, riddled with missed practices and missed games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 season was Dixon's first in 18 seasons with a losing record. TCU was able to replenish its roster through the transfer portal, adding experience to what was the 34th youngest team in the nation. All-Big 12 Conference guard Mike Miles Jr. returns as a sophomore with added experience playing for USA in the FIBA U19 World Cup and winning gold with Coach Dixon leading the squad. Along with Miles, TCU returns four scholarship players in Francisco Farabello, Eddie Lampkin Jr. and Chuck O'Bannon Jr.
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Sam Houston Bearkats
Sam Houston (Coach: Jason Hooten, WAC) – Head coach Jason Hooten enters his 12th season at Sam Houston with four of the five starters returning from last season's squad which was one win shy of its sixth 20-win season. The Bearkats are joining the Western Athletic Conference this season just two years removed from winning the Southland Conference Championship. Sam Houston is led by first-team All-Southland Conference guard Demarkus Lampley who averaged 14.7 points per game and shot 39.8 percent from behind the arc. Other starters back include guards Javion May and Donte Powers and forward Tristan Ikpe who helped the Kats' to a third-place finish in the Southland Conference last season. The big off-season addition is graduate transfer Savion Flagg who averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in four seasons at Texas A&M.
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UTSA Roadrunners
UTSA (Coach: Steve Henson, C-USA) – Sixth-year head coach Steve Henson welcomes back a bevy of talent from the 2020-21 season that saw UTSA claim 15 wins in a COVID-19 impacted season. UTSA must replace the top two scorers in school history, guards Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace, a pair of 3-point shooting dynamos who rank among the NCAA's all-time scorers after four years in San Antonio. UTSA returns center Jacob Germany (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg), the highest ranked recruit in program history and C-USA All-Freshman Team selection Jordan Ivy-Curry (7.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg), a product of La Marque, Texas. The Roadrunners are also boosted by senior forward Cedrick Alley (6.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg), a product of Klein Forest High School.
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