The Battleground 2k20 will be one of college basketball's top-shelf events of the 2020-21 season,
featuring two of the Lone Star state's premier programs in Texas and Texas A&M. Louisiana Tech and Boise State round out an ultra-competitive field that is sure to have college basketball fans buzzing.
The Battleground 2k20 event slate will present intriguing match-ups,
led by SEC challenger Texas A&M Aggies taking on Mountain West contender Boise State Broncos, followed by a match-up between the Big 12's Texas Longhorns and Conference USA staple Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Houston, Texas will play host to this high-level double-header on December 18th, 2020.
Home of elite professional franchises, including the Rockets, Texans and Astros, the city of Houston offers all of the sights, sounds, food and fun that basketball fans will need for an exciting visit.
The Battleground 2k20 will be held at the Toyota Center,
a state of the art sporting arena that plays home to the Houston Rockets. This 18,000 seat arena is located in the center of downtown Houston and will provide a playing atmosphere and fan experience unlike any facility in the country. From the premier NBA court, to the 58-foot wide HD jumbotron and executive suites, the Toyota Center is second to none in the sporting event business.
The charitable component and backdrop
for The Battleground 2k20 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 2k20 game times, television broadcast network and ticket information will be released at a later date.
Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M (Coach: Buzz Williams, SEC)
- In his first season at the helm, head coach Buzz Williams reinvigorated the program as the Aggies shattered preseason expectations and finished in a tie for sixth in the Southeastern Conference after being projected to finish 12th. Williams was voted as the Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year as Texas A&M won 10 SEC contests, which was the most since the Maroon & White won the league in 2016. The Aggies return five of its top seven scorers from a year ago, led by senior Savion Flagg, who averaged 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Senior Quenton Jackson returns for his senior season after tallying 8.8 points per game last year, his first after transferring from College of Central Florida. Sophomore Emanuel Miller looks to build off his stellar freshman campaign as the Scarborough, Ontario, native led the team with 6.3 rebounds per game and scored 6.4 points a game.
Texas (Coach: Shaka Smart, Big 12)
- 6th-year head coach Shaka Smart returns his entire roster from last year's 19-12 squad (9-9, tied for 3rd in Big 12) and adds incoming freshman Greg Brown III, a consensus top-10 nationally-ranked recruit. Quality depth will be a strength for the Longhorns, as Texas returns a quartet of All-Big 12 honorees in Matt Coleman III, Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey and Jericho Sims. Seven different individuals recorded 20-point scoring efforts, and 10 of the 12 returning scholarship players reached double figures in scoring last year. Coach Smart has led Texas to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2016 and 2018) and the 2019 NIT Championship during his time at Texas.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech (Coach: Eric Konkol, C-USA)
- Eric Konkol enters his sixth year at Louisiana Tech, having led the program to four 20+ win seasons which is tied for the most by a LA Tech head coach in program history. Despite the shortened 2019-20 season, Konkol was named the LSWA Coach of the Year and the LABC Louisiana Major College Coach of the Year after guiding the Bulldogs to a 22-8 overall record and a second-place finish in Conference USA. Konkol will have another experienced team on the court in 2020-21 with seven seniors and three juniors on the roster. Two of those returners are guards Kalob Ledoux and Amorie Archibald who each averaged 11 points per game last season as the team's second and third leading scorers. They are two of the best shooters on the squad as well, combining for 295 career made three-pointers.
Boise State Broncos
Boise State (Coach: Leon Rice, Mountain West)
- With one of the most established coaches in the country and a veteran roster, Boise State enters the 2020-21 season with lofty expectations. Head coach Leon Rice is in his 11th season leading the Broncos. From 2010 to 2020, Rice was one of only 17 Division I coaches nationwide to post at least eight 20-win seasons while spending the entire decade at the same school. This year he will meld a group of experienced transfers with an accomplished core of returning talent and intriguing newcomers as Boise State vies for its second Mountain West championship and third NCAA Tournament appearance under Rice. Redshirt senior, and Houston native, Derrick Alston Jr. headlines the group. Alston was a top-10 finalist for the 2020 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award after leading the team in scoring (17.3 ppg) and assists (3.1 apg), while ranking second in rebounding (5.2 rpg).
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