2008–09 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team

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2008-09 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball
NCAA Second Round vs. UConn, L 92–66
Conference Big 12 Conference
2008-09 record 24–10 (9–7 Big 12)
Head coach Mark Turgeon
Assistant coach Scott Spinelli
Assistant coach Pooh Williamson
Assistant coach Bill Walker
Home arena Reed Arena
Seasons
← 2007-08
2009-10 →
2008–09 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Kansas 14 2   .875     27 8   .771
#7 Oklahoma 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
#9 Missouri 12 4   .750     31 7   .816
Kansas State 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Texas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Texas A&M 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Nebraska 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
Baylor 5 11   .313     24 15   .615
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Texas Tech 3 13   .188     14 19   .424
Colorado 1 15   .063     9 22   .290
2009 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team represents Texas A&M University in the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team is led by second-year head coach Mark Turgeon, who coached the team to a 25–11 record and an NCAA tournament appearance in his first season.

The Aggies went 14–1 in nonconference play, with wins over Alabama, Arizona, and LSU; the one loss was handed by Tulsa.[1]

Leading into the season[edit]

Josh Carter and Bryan Davis received preseason Big 12 honorable mention.[2] The team did not make the top 25 of the preseason AP or Coaches polls, though received votes.[3]

During the 2009 signing period, the Aggies signed Naji Hibbert, Khris Middleton, Kourtney Roberson,[4] and Ray Turner,[5] who are all listed in the Rivals.com Top 150 prospects for the class of 2009. Hibbert, a Rivals four-star, is the highest-ranked recruit at No. 88.[6] The recruiting class placed 23rd in the Rivals' early signing period national rankings compiled on 12 November 2008.[7] ESPN's recruiting services ranked the class 25th in November as well.[8]

2008 recruiting class[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
James Blasczyk
PF
Friendswood, TX Friendswood HS 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 23, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 71
Dashan Harris
PG
Montverde, FL Montverde Academy 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Aug 17, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 93
David Loubeau
PF
Davie, FL Westlake Preparatory School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sep 10, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR  ESPN: NR
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C 12 Blasczyk, JamesJames Blasczyk 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Fr Houston, Texas
F 50 Carrell, MarshallMarshall Carrell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Paris, Texas
G 23 Carter, JoshJosh Carter 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Dallas, Texas
G 31 Chapman, ChrisChris Chapman 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Houston, Texas
G 14 Darko, AndrewAndrew Darko 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Conroe, Texas
F 0 Davis, BryanBryan Davis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Dallas, Texas
F 41 Elonu, ChinemeluChinemelu Elonu 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Houston, Texas
G 40 Graham, BrysonBryson Graham 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr San Antonio, Texas
G 5 Harris, DashDash Harris 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Los Angeles, California
G 11 Holmes, B.J.B.J. Holmes 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Houston, Texas
G 2 Lewis, DerrekDerrek Lewis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Tulsa, Oklahoma
F 10 Loubeau, DavidDavid Loubeau 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Miami, Florida
G 3 Roland, DerrickDerrick Roland 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Dallas, Texas
G 24 Schepel, ShawnShawn Schepel 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Dallas, Texas
G 15 Sloan, DonaldDonald Sloan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Dallas, Texas
F 45 Walkup, NathanNathan Walkup 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Houston, Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 31 July 2011

Season accomplishments[edit]

  • In the Florida A&M game, the team set a Big 12 game record after shooting all 20 of its free throws. Chinemelu Elonu recorded six blocked shots, the third most in school history. Donald Sloan also scored a season-high of 21 points.[9]
  • Three players—Chinemelu Elonu, Bryson Graham, and Nathan Walkup—made the season's Academic All-Big 12 team. Elonu made the first team (GPA of 3.20+) while Graham and Walkup made the second team (GPA of 3.00–3.19).[10]
  • Josh Carter became an All-Big 12 Third Team selection, while Derrick Roland was selected to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.[11]

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/05/08*
7:30 p.m.
Texas A&M–Kingsville W 72–59  0–0[12]
Reed Arena (7,963)
College Station, TX
Regular season
11/16/08*
5:00 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 76–47  1–0[13]
Reed Arena (7,354)
College Station, TX
11/18/08*
7:00 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin W 55–48  2–0[14]
Reed Arena (7,595)
College Station, TX
11/21/08*
7:00 p.m.
Jackson State
South Padre Invitational
W 96–78  3–0[15]
Reed Arena (7,866)
College Station, TX
11/25/08*
7:00 p.m.
UNCW
South Padre Invitational
W 84–65  4–0[16]
Reed Arena (6,881)
College Station, TX
11/28/08*
7:30 p.m., FCS
vs. Tulsa
South Padre Invitational
L 67–56  4–1[17]
South Padre Convention Centre (N/A)
South Padre
11/29/08*
TBA
vs. Kent State
South Padre Invitational
W 77–71  5–1[18]
South Padre Convention Centre (1632)
South Padre
12/05/08*
8:30 p.m., ESPNU
Arizona W 67–66  6–1[19]
Reed Arena (10,393)
College Station, TX
12/13/08*
7:00 p.m., ESPN Full Court
at Alabama W 86–78OT  7–1[9]
Coleman Coliseum (9,316)
Tuscaloosa, AL
12/15/08*
7:00 p.m., FSN
Florida A&M W 67–57  8–1[20]
Reed Arena (7,334)
College Station, TX
12/17/08*
7:00 p.m., FSN
SMU W 66–56  9–1[21]
Reed Arena (7,888)
College Station, TX
12/20/08*
4:00 p.m.
vs. LSU W 72–61  10–1[22]
Toyota Center (N/A)
Houston, TX
12/28/08*
7:00 p.m., FSN
Sam Houston State W 60–50  11–1[23]
Reed Arena (9,371)
College Station, TX
12/31/08*
3:00 p.m.
at Rice W 72–60  12–1[24]
Tudor Fieldhouse (5,208)
Houston, TX
01/03/09*
8:00 p.m.
McNeese State W 57–52  13–1[25]
Reed Arena (11,029)
College Station, TX
01/05/09*
7:00 p.m., FSN
North Dakota W 76–62  14–1[26]
Reed Arena (6,066)
College Station, TX
01/10/09
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Oklahoma State L 72–61  14–2[27]
(0–1)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (10,264)
Stillwater, OK
01/14/09
8:30 p.m., ESPN2
No. 21 Baylor W 84–73  15–2[28]
(1–1)
Reed Arena (9,537)
College Station, TX
01/17/09
1:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 5 Oklahoma L 69–63  15–3[29]
(1–2)
Reed Arena (12,720)
College Station, TX
01/19/09
1:00 p.m., ESPN
at Kansas L 73–53  15–4[30]
(1–3)
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
01/24/09
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
at No. 15 Texas L 67–58  15–5[31]
(1–4)
Frank Erwin Center (16,755)
Austin, TX
01/28/09
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
Texas Tech W 79–70  16–5[32]
(2–4)
Reed Arena (10,273)
College Station, TX
01/31/09
1:00 p.m., ESPN
Oklahoma State W 76–64  17–5[33]
(3–4)
Reed Arena (11,178)
College Station, TX
02/04/09
8:00 p.m., Big 12
at No. 2 Oklahoma L 77–71  17–6[34]
(3–5)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,494)
Norman, OK
02/07/09
3:00 p.m., Big 12
Kansas State L 65–60  17–7[35]
(3–6)
Reed Arena (10,367)
College Station, TX
02/14/09
5:00 p.m., FSN
at Baylor L 72–68  17–8[36]
(3–7)
Ferrell Center (10,407)
Waco, TX
02/16/09
8:00 p.m., ESPN
Texas W 81–66  18–8[37]
(4–7)
Reed Arena (11,321)
College Station, TX
02/21/09
5:00 p.m., ESPN Full Court
at Texas Tech W 79–73  19–8[38]
(5–7)
United Spirit Arena (10,551)
Lubbock, TX
02/24/09
8:30 p.m., ESPN2
at Nebraska W 57–55  20–8[39]
(6–7)
Bob Devaney Sports Center (9,009)
Lincoln, NE
02/28/09
12:30 p.m., Big 12
Iowa State W 87–69  21–8[40]
(7–7)
Reed Arena (9,701)
College Station, TX
03/04/09
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Colorado W 72–66  22–8[41]
(8–7)
Coors Events Center (4,973)
Boulder, CO
03/07/09
1:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 12 Missouri W 96–86  23–8[42]
(9–7)
Reed Arena (13,007)
College Station, TX
Big 12 Tournament
03/11/09
8:30 p.m., Big 12
vs. Texas Tech
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
L 88–83  23–9[43]
Ford Center 
Oklahoma City, OK
NCAA Tournament
03/19/09
11:30 a.m., CBS Sports
vs. BYU
2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
W 79–66  24–9[44]
Wachovia Center 
Philadelphia, PA
03/21/09
2:35 p.m., CBS Sports
vs. UConn
2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
L 92–66  24–10[45]
Wachovia Center 
Philadelphia, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Standard Time.

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