2009–10 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team

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2009-10 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball
Texas A&M University aTm logo.svg
76 Classic, Third Place
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #25
AP #23
2009-10 record 24–10 (11–5 Big 12)
Head coach Mark Turgeon
Assistant coach Scott Spinelli
Assistant coach Pooh Williamson
Assistant coach Bill Walker
Home arena Reed Arena
Seasons
« 2008-09 2010-11 »
2009–10 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Kansas 15 1   .938     33 3   .917
#7 Kansas State 11 5   .688     29 8   .784
#19 Baylor 11 5   .688     28 8   .778
#23 Texas A&M 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
Missouri 10 6   .625     23 11   .676
Texas 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     22 11   .667
Colorado 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Texas Tech 4 12   .250     19 16   .543
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Oklahoma 4 12   .250     13 18   .419
Nebraska 2 14   .125     15 18   .455
2010 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll • Through March 28, 2010

The 2009–10 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team represented Texas A&M University in the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by third-year head coach Mark Turgeon, who coached the team to a 24–10 record and an NCAA tournament appearance in the previous season. The Aggies play their home games in Reed Arena. The team was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 in the preseason coaches' poll but finished tied for second.[1] With their 22–8 regular-season finish and 11–5 mark in conference play, the Aggies participated in the 2010 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament and defeated Nebraska before losing to No. 1 Kansas in the semifinals. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and earned a 5 seed in the South Region.[2] They defeated 12 seed Utah State in the first round before falling to 4 seed Purdue in overtime in the second round to finish their season at 24–10. In the final Coaches' Poll, the Aggies were ranked No. 25.

Pre-Season[edit]

Nearly all of the contributors from the previous year's NCAA Tournament second-round team returned for the Aggies, including seniors Donald Sloan, Derrick Roland and Bryan Davis, along with juniors B.J. Holmes and Nathan Walkup and sophomores David Loubeau and Dash Harris. Despite that, the Aggies began the year unranked. A&M faced a much tougher non-conference schedule than they had played in recent years, featuring a trip to Los Angeles for the 76 Classic. Among the other participants in the tournament were nationally ranked West Virginia, Butler, Minnesota and Clemson. Their other marquee matchup before the beginning of conference play was scheduled against the preseason-No. 14 Washington Huskies. Though the Aggies were not ranked in any major poll, they received votes in both the AP and Coaches' polls.

Departures[edit]

The main factors contributing to A&M's being unranked in the preseason were the departures of senior guard Josh Carter—the winningest player in Aggie basketball history—and junior post player Chinemelu Elonu, two of the team's starters the previous year. Carter graduated and signed a contract to play in Germany, while Elonu was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft. The loss of Elonu, who along with Bryan Davis constituted much of the Aggies' inside game, was tabbed as being especially detrimental to the team's hopes for success as the 2009-10 season began.

Recruiting[edit]

In 2008 the Aggies received commitments from four-star rated Naji Hibbert and three-star prospects Khris Middleton, Kourtney Roberson and Ray Turner. They later added Jeremy Adams to a class that narrowly missed being ranked in the top 25 classes nationally by ESPN. Roberson was later declared ineligible and, after waiting one year, will join the nationally ranked A&M class of 2010. Turner was ineligible for the fall semester and joined the team in January, bringing an immediate impact. While Hibbert, who was the prize recruit of the class, contributed in many ways as a freshman, it was Middleton, called the best-shooting forward in the high school class of 2009 by many, who later became a starter and threw his name into the ring as a potential future star for the Aggies.

Class of 2009[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Naji Hibbert
SG
Baltimore, Maryland DeMatha Catholic H.S. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) May 5, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Khris Middleton
SF
Charleston, South Carolina Porter-Gaud School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) May 30, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Jeremy Adams
SG
Madison, Mississippi Madison Central H.S. (MS) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Feb 20, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Ray Turner
PF
Houston, Texas Jesse H. Jones High 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Nov 14, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 84
Overall Recruiting Rankings:     ScoutNR [3]    RivalsNR [4]     ESPN27 [5]

Roster[edit]

2009–10 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
F 0 Davis, BryanBryan Davis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Dallas, Texas
G 2 Lewis, DerrekDerrek Lewis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Tulsa, Oklahoma
G 3 Roland, DerrickDerrick Roland Injured 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Dallas, Texas
G 5 Harris, DashDash Harris 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Los Angeles, California
F 10 Loubeau, DavidDavid Loubeau 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Miami, Florida
G 11 Holmes, B.J.B.J. Holmes 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Houston, Texas
C 12 Blasczyk, JamesJames Blasczyk 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Fr Houston, Texas
G 14 Darko, AndrewAndrew Darko 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Conroe, Texas
G 15 Sloan, DonaldDonald Sloan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Dallas, Texas
F 21 Turner, RayRay Turner 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Houston, Texas
F 22 Middleton, KhrisKhris Middleton 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Charleston, South Carolina
G 23 Hibbert, NajiNaji Hibbert 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Baltimore, Maryland
G 24 Schepel, ShawnShawn Schepel 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Phoenix, Arizona
G 25 Adams, JeremyJeremy Adams Current redshirt 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Madison, Mississippi
G 31 Chapman, ChrisChris Chapman 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Houston, Texas
F 33 Carrell, MarshallMarshall Carrell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Paris, Texas
F 45 Walkup, NathanNathan Walkup 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Houston, Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: 2010-02-20

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/05/09*
7:00 p.m.
Texas A&M–Commerce W 89–65[6] 
Reed Arena (7,350)
College Station, TX
Regular season
11/13/09*
7:05 p.m.
Angelo State W 88–69[7]  1–0
Reed Arena (7,843)
College Station, TX
11/16/09*
7:00 p.m.
@ SMU W 80–68[8]  2–0
Moody Coliseum (6,729)
Dallas, TX
11/20/09*
7:00 p.m.
Samford W 68–49[9]  3–0
Reed Arena (8,329)
College Station, TX
11/26/09*
3:30 p.m., ESPN2
#19 Clemson
76 Classic
W 69–60[10]  4–0
Anaheim Arena (2,117)
Anaheim, CA
11/27/09*
1:30 p.m., ESPN
#8 West Virginia
76 Classic
L 73–66[11]  4–1
Anaheim Arena (NA)
Anaheim, CA
11/29/09*
4:00 p.m., ESPN2
#22 Minnesota
76 Classic
W 66–65[12]  5–1
Anaheim Arena (2,247)
Anaheim, CA
12/2/09*
8:00 p.m.
#19 Prairie View A&M W 84–59  6–1
Reed Arena (9,151)
College Station, TX
12/4/09*
7:00 p.m., FSN SW
#19 Akron W 74–62  7–1
Reed Arena (7,668)
College Station, TX
12/7/09*
7:00 p.m., FSN SW
#16 North Texas W 75–65  8–1
Reed Arena (6,366)
College Station, TX
12/12/09*
5:00 p.m., FSN SW
#16 vs. New Mexico L 84–81  8–2
Toyota Center (7,757)
Houston, TX
12/19/09*
8:00 p.m.
#23 The Citadel W 71–50  9–2
Reed Arena (7,165)
College Station, TX
12/22/09*
10:00 p.m., FSN
#19 #22 @ Washington
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
L 73–64  9–3
Bank of America Arena (10,000)
Seattle, WA
1/2/10*
12:00 p.m.
Northwestern State W 89–63  10–3
Reed Arena (7,213)
College Station, TX
1/5/10*
7:00 p.m., FSN SW
North Dakota W 82–41  11–3
Reed Arena (7,903)
College Station, TX
1/9/10
3:00 p.m., Big 12 Network
Nebraska W 64–53  12–3 (1–0)
Reed Arena (9,628)
College Station, TX
1/12/10
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
#13 @ Kansas State L 88–65  12–4 (1–1)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Manhattan, KS
1/16/10
5:00 p.m., ESPNU
#1 @ Texas
State Farm Lone Star Showdown
L 72–67 OT 12–5 (1–2)
Frank Erwin Center (16,734)
Austin, TX
1/19/10
7:00 p.m., Big 12 Network
Oklahoma W 65–62  13–5 (2–2)
Reed Arena (11,109)
College Station, TX
1/23/10
12:30 p.m., Big 12 Network
Colorado W 67–63  14–5 (3–2)
Reed Arena (10,316)
College Station, TX
1/27/10
6:30 p.m., ESPN2
@ Oklahoma State L 76–69  14–6 (3–3)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (11,328)
Stillwater, OK
1/30/10
8:00 p.m., FSN SW
Texas Tech W 85–70  15–6 (4–3)
Reed Arena (13,648)
College Station, TX
2/3/10
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
@ Missouri W 77–74  16–6 (5–3)
Mizzou Arena (11,431)
Columbia, MO
2/6/10
3:00 p.m., Big 12 Network
#20 Baylor
Battle of the Brazos
W 78–71  17–6 (6–3)
Reed Arena (13,021)
College Station, TX
2/13/10
4:00 p.m., ESPN2
@ Texas Tech W 67–65  18–6 (7–3)
United Spirit Arena (11,453)
Lubbock, TX
2/15/10
8:00 p.m., ESPN
#24 #1 Kansas L 59–54  18–7 (7–4)
Reed Arena (13,657)
College Station, TX
2/20/10
3:00 p.m., Big 12 Network
#24 @ Iowa State W 60–56  19–7 (8–4)
Hilton Coliseum (13,031)
Ames, IA
2/24/10
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
#22 #24 @ Baylor L 70–66  19–8 (8–5)
Ferrell Center (10,094)
Waco, TX
2/27/10
1:00 p.m., ESPN
#22 #21 Texas
State Farm Lone Star Showdown
W 74–58  20–8 (9–5)
Reed Arena (13,717)
College Station, TX
3/3/10
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
#23 Oklahoma State W 76–61  21–8 (10–5)
Reed Arena (11,488)
College Station, TX
3/6/10
11:00 a.m., ESPN
#23 @ Oklahoma W 69–54  22–8 (11–5)
Lloyd Noble Center (11,074)
Norman, OK
2010 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament
3/11/2010
2:00 p.m., Big 12 Network
#23 vs. Nebraska
Quarterfinals
W 70–64  23–8
Sprint Center (18,879)
Kansas City, MO
3/12/2010
6:00 p.m., Big 12 Network
#23 vs. #1 Kansas
Semifinals
L 79–66  23–9
Sprint Center (18,879)
Kansas City, MO
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
3/19/2010
4:00 p.m., CBS
#23 (5) vs. Utah State (12)
First Round
W 69–53  24–9
Spokane Arena (10,899)
Spokane, WA
3/21/2010
4:00 p.m., CBS
#23 (5) vs. #10 Purdue (4)
Second Round
L 63–61 OT 24–10
Spokane Arena (11,036)
Spokane, WA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Standard Time.

Derrick Roland[edit]

On December 22, 2009, senior guard Derrick Roland broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg early in the second half of the Aggies' game against Washington. After going up for a rebound, he came down awkwardly, his leg emitting a loud crack that was heard throughout the arena. The leg bent outwards at a ninety-degree angle in the middle of his shin. Many of the Aggies began crying on the court at the sight, including Roland's childhood friend, senior guard Donald Sloan, who had to be helped off of the court.[13] Pondexter called it "One of the nastiest things I've ever seen." Turgeon said, "Derrick was the heart and soul of this team. Everyone is devastated. Our guys had their eyes swollen in the last five minutes of the game. They were crying during the game. They never came out of it."[14] The Aggies, who were shaken, stumbled to a 73-64 defeat. After the loss, the previously No. 19 Aggies (in the AP poll) dropped out of the rankings and did not re-enter until February 15, 2010. Roland was treated in a Seattle-area hospital before returning to Texas. At the time of his injury, he was averaging 11.1 points per game, second on the team, and had been named to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team the year before. Roland's injury significantly altered the course and prospects of the Aggies' season.

In A&M's conference play-opening win against Nebraska, Roland returned to the team bench on crutches and watched his teammates play in person for the first time since his injury. Despite missing one of their team captains, their best defender and a viable scoring option—or perhaps using it as motivation—the Aggies continued on to a 22-8 regular-season record and an 11-5 conference record, tied for second in the Big 12. The team became a mainstay in the top 15 of the RPI and ranked in both the AP and Coaches' polls for the entirety of the second half of the season. Roland's quick progression in his recovery led to rumors that he may have been able to return to the team, able to play, in time for the Big 12 Tournament or the NCAA Tournament, but Texas A&M was reluctant to feed speculation regarding the possibilities and no situation in which he could enter a game ever materialized.

On March 3, 2010, Roland was honored along with fellow seniors Donald Sloan and Bryan Davis at the Aggies' Senior Night before and after Texas A&M's win against Oklahoma State in their last home game of the season. The Aggies' season ended in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament with a loss to fourth-seeded Purdue, and it was announced that coach Mark Turgeon would help Roland pursue a medical redshirt in order to return to the team for the 2010-11 season.[15]

"He's always thought about it, but the thing about it is there is no guarantee," Turgeon said. "Let's just say we're going to try to get him a redshirt year. I'm not going to sit here and fight it in the media. It's something we are going to try. He wants to try but we are fighting an uphill battle on this one."[16]

Rankings[edit]

Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Final ranking. *No poll released.

Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 19 16 23 19 24 22 23 23 23 *
Coaches 22 18 23 23 24 24 23 25

Note: Team received votes in every poll for which they were unranked, with the exception of Week 12.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kansas is unanimous pick in Big 12 men's basketball preseason poll.". Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Aggies chosen as No. 5 seed in NCAA tournament.". Archived from the original on 22 March 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  3. ^ 2009 Team Recruiting RAnkings — Scout
  4. ^ 2009 Team Recruiting Rankings – Rivals
  5. ^ 2009 Team Recruiting Rankings – ESPN
  6. ^ "Aggies Down A&M commerce in Exhibition, 89-65". Archived from the original on 9 November 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Texas A&M Takes Down Angelo State, 88-69". Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Aggies Take Down Mustangs, 80-68". Archived from the original on 20 November 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Aggies Beat Bulldogs, 68-49". Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Texas A&M Upsets No. 19 Clemson 69-60". Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Aggies Fall to No. 8 West Virginia, 73-66". Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Aggies Shock No. 22 Golden Gophers, 66-65". Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Texas A&M loses Roland; Pondexter lifts Washington". Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Texas A&M Aggies' Derrick Roland suffers gruesome broken leg". Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Derrick Roland - ESPN Dallas". Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  16. ^ Robert Cessna. "Texas A&M Men's Basketball Notebook". Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010.