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Thursday January 17, 2013 Gators getting Johnny Football, "White-Out" treatment tonight

Updated: 12:55pm, January 17

Shootaround

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The largest home crowd to watch a Texas A&M basketball game this season was the 6,416 that came to Reed Arena to see the Aggies play Army on Dec. 29.

That will change Thursday night.

Johnny Football When the 10th-ranked Florida Gators (12-2, 2-0) put their four-game win streak on the line against the Aggies (12-3, 2-0), with A&M pulling out all the stops -- including “Johnny Football” -- to hype the atmosphere for the biggest game here in years.

During UF’s morning shoot-around (photo above), arena staff members were placing T-shirts over seats in the lower bowl as part of a “White-Out” campaign, what with ESPN2, with Rece Davis and Bobby Knight on the mikes, in the house.

Amid the season of A&M white, the Gators will be in their home white uniforms, with the Aggies going with a special dark uniform to commemorate the night.   

Prior the game, Aggies fans will have a photo opportunity with the quarterback Johnny Manziel’s Heisman Trophy in the arena concourse, with Manziel (left) and his A&M teammates, two weeks removed from a rousing blowout of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, being introduced at halftime.

School officials are hoping to seize on the program’s momentum after the Aggies, in their inaugural Southeastern Conference season, went to Kentucky last Saturday and beat the defending national champion Wildcats 83-71 behind a 40-point eruption from forward Elston Turner.

In going 14-of-19 from the floor and 6-for-10 from 3-point range, Turner became just the third player in Rupp Arena history, joining Navy’s David Robinson and LSU’s Chris Jackson, to hit the 40-point mark.

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