Privateers add road game against Texas A&M featuring several former Privateers

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Buzz Williams

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans men’s basketball announced an addition to the 2020 non-conference schedule Tuesday as the Privateers visit Texas A&M Sunday, November 29 at 2 p.m. It will be the season opener for the Aggies, while New Orleans will cap a three-game in four-day road trip to begin 2020-21.

The Aggies are led by Buzz Williams, former Privateers head coach (2006-07). In his first year in College Station, Williams went 16-14 and was named the AP SEC Coach of the Year. Associate head coach Jamie McNeilly spent four seasons on the Lakefront (2004-07) and was named All-Sun Belt as a senior after averaging 16.9 points in league play for coach Williams. McNeilly was one of the most prolific shooters on the Lakefront and appeared on the New Orleans Top 50 Players in program history.

McNeilly graduated from UNO with an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2007. Assistant coach Devin Johnson spent time as a student assistant at UNO under Williams prior to working for the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans). Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in business management from UNO in 2008.

“We are excited to be able to take the Privateers to College Station and play the Aggies,” said Slessinger. “Our programs have so many ties between our coaching staffs on professional and personal levels. Coach Williams and I have been friends for over 20 years and in that time, I have been able to follow him at Northwestern State and UNO in my coaching journey. I know how impactful UNO was in his career and even more so with coach McNeilly and coach Johnson being alumni. We have great friends in the profession, and we are lucky to consider them family.”

The Privateers are 2-1 against the Aggies, but the November 29 matchup is the first since the 2014-15 season.

“The Aggies return a very talented roster, led by All-SEC performer Savion Flagg,” added Slessinger. “They have great depth and will play extremely hard. We will have to be very prepared for the challenge.”

STREAMING/RADIO INFORMATION
We will stream all 2020-21 home contests live and FREE on the Privateer Sports Network, https://unoprivateers.com/watch/. Jude Young will also bring you the action all season long on NASH Icon 106.1 FM and the TuneIn App.

SEASON TICKETS
Seasons tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss your chance to watch the Privateers in action live all year long. Premium reserved seating is just $149 and reserved seating is $99. Faculty and staff can buy season tickets for just $99 (premium reserved) or $49 (reserved), and a payroll deduction option is available.

NOTE: COVID-19 protocols will be in place. The full safety protocol is HERE. To view the seating chart, please click HERE.

For more information, call (504)-280-GAME and/or email vgranito@uno.edu or rpelling@uno.edu. Additional information is also available by visiting UNOPrivateers.com/tickets or clicking HERE.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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Schedule: https://unoprivateers.com/sports/mens-basketball/schedule
COVID-19 Safety Protocols: https://unoprivateers.com/documents/2020/11/13/Basketball_2020_21_COVID_Safety_protocols.pdf
Tickets: https://tkt.xosn.com//tickets/EventsCentral.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=34300

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