Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball

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Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball

Infobox CBB Team
name = Texas A&M Aggies

logo_size = 150px
university = Texas A&M University
conference = Big 12 Conference
conference_short = Big 12
division =
city = College Station
stateabb = Texas
state = Texas
coach = Mark Turgeon
tenure = 1st
arena = Reed Arena
capacity = 12,500
nickname = Aggies
color1 = Maroon
color2 = White
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NCAAchampion =
NCAAfinalfour =
NCAAtourneys=1951, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1980, 1987, 2006, 2007, 2008
conference_tournament = Southwest Conference: 1980, 1987
conference_season = Southwest Conference: 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1951, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1986
The Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team is the official men's basketball team at Texas A&M University. On 10 April 2007, Mark Turgeon replaced Billy Gillispie as the head men's basketball coach.cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Turgeon Named Texas A&M Men's Basketball Coach | work = | publisher = Texas A&M Athletics | date = 2007-04-10 | url = http://www.aggieathletics.com/pressRelease.php?SID=&PRID=12763 | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2007-06-29 ] The Aggies play home games at Reed Arena, a 12,500-capacity arena in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M University.

In the 2006-07 season, Texas A&M was the only program in the Big 12 Conference to have both men's and women's teams competing in the NCAA Tournament - the men as a 3 seed and the women as a 4 seed.cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = 2007 NCAA Basketball Men's Viewable Brackets | work = | publisher = NCAA | date = 2005-03-11 | url = http://www.ncaasports.com/basketball/mens/brackets/viewable/2007 | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2007-03-13 ] cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = 2007 NCAA Basketball Women's Viewable Brackets | work = | publisher = NCAA | date = 2005-03-12 | url = http://www.ncaasports.com/basketball/womens/brackets/viewable/2007/DI | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2007-03-13 ]

History

The Early Years season records

[ [http://www.aggieathletics.com/index2.php?SID=MBB&pageID=199 Texas A&M Athletics Men's Basketball - Year-by-Year Results ] ] CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1912–1913
name = F.D. Steger
overall = 4–2
conference = β€”
confstanding = β€”
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
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championship =
season = 1913–1914
name = F.D. Steger
overall = 5–2
conference = β€”
confstanding = β€”
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
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championship =
season = 1914–1915
name = F.D. Steger
overall = 13–2
conference = 4–1
confstanding = 3rd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1915–1916
name = Tubby Graves
overall = 11–2
conference = 6–2
confstanding = 2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1916–1917
name = W.H.H. Morris
overall = 11–8
conference = 3–3
confstanding = 2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1917–1918
name = Bill Driver
overall = 9–9
conference = 7–7
confstanding = 3rd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1918–1919
name = Bill Driver
overall = 14–4
conference = 7–3
confstanding = 2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1919–1920
name = Bill Driver
overall = 19–0
conference = 16–0
confstanding = 1st
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1920–1921
name = Dana X. Bible
overall = 16–6
conference = 10–2
confstanding = 1st
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1921–1922
name = Dana X. Bible
overall = 18–3
conference = 13–3
confstanding = 1st
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1922–1923
name = Dana X. Bible
overall = 16–4
conference = 15–3
confstanding = 1st
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1923–1924
name = Dana X. Bible
overall = 13–10
conference = 12–11
confstanding = 4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1924–1925
name = Dana X. Bible
overall = 9–8
conference = 6–8
confstanding = 5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1925–1926
name = Dana X. Bible
overall = 8–9
conference = 4–8
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1926–1927
name = Dana X. Bible
overall = 10–7
conference = 4–6
confstanding = 5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1927–1928
name = C.F. Bassett
overall = 4–12
conference = 1–9
confstanding = 7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1928–1929
name = C.F. Bassett
overall = 12–6
conference = 4–6
confstanding = 5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1929–1930
name = J.B. Reid
overall = 8–10
conference = 4–6
confstanding = T–4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1930–1931
name = J.B. Reid
overall = 14–8
conference = 5–7
confstanding = 5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1931–1932
name = J.B. Reid
overall = 10–9
conference = 4–8
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1932–1933
name = J.B. Reid
overall = 9–10
conference = 8–4
confstanding = 3rd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1933–1934
name = J.B. Reid
overall = 14–6
conference = 7–5
confstanding = 2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1934–1935
name = J.B. Reid
overall = 10–10
conference = 4–8
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1935–1936
name = H.R. McQuillan
overall = 9–9
conference = 3–9
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1936–1937
name = H.R. McQuillan
overall = 12–13
conference = 5–7
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1937–1938
name = H.R. McQuillan
overall = 10–8
conference = 6–6
confstanding = 4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1938–1939
name = H.R. McQuillan
overall = 7–16
conference = 2–10
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1939–1940
name = H.R. McQuillan
overall = 11–11
conference = 5–7
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1940–1941
name = H.R. McQuillan
overall = 7–13
conference = 3–9
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1941–1942
name = Marty Karow
overall = 8–16
conference = 4–8
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1942–1943
name = Manning Smith
overall = 11–11
conference = 4–8
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1943–1944
name = Manning Smith
overall = 2–15
conference = 0–12
confstanding = 7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1944–1945
name = Manning Smith
overall = 3–18
conference = 2–10
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1945–1946
name = Marty Karow
overall = 9–14
conference = 4–8
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1946–1947
name = Marty Karow
overall = 8–17
conference = 4–8
confstanding = 5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1947–1948
name = Marty Karow
overall = 7–17
conference = 2–10
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1948–1949
name = Marty Karow
overall = 5–19
conference = 2–10
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1949–1950
name = Marty Karow
overall = 10–14
conference = 6–6
confstanding = T–4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1950–1951
name = John Floyd
overall = 17–12
conference = 8–4
confstanding = T–1st
postseason = NCAA Sweet Sixteen
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1951–1952
name = John Floyd
overall = 9–15
conference = 5–7
confstanding = T–3rd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1952–1953
name = John Floyd
overall = 6–15
conference = 3–9
confstanding = 7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1953–1954
name = John Floyd
overall = 2–20
conference = 1–11
confstanding = 7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1954–1955
name = John Floyd
overall = 4–20
conference = 1–11
confstanding = 7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1955–1956
name = Ken Loeffler
overall = 6–18
conference = 3–9
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1956–1957
name = Ken Loeffler
overall = 7–17
conference = 3–9
confstanding = T–6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1957–1958
name = Bob Rogers
overall = 11–13
conference = 7–7
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1958–1959
name = Bob Rogers
overall = 15–9
conference = 6–8
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1959–1960
name = Bob Rogers
overall = 19–5
conference = 10–4
confstanding = T–2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1960–1961
name = Bob Rogers
overall = 16–8
conference = 10–4
confstanding = 2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1961–1962
name = Bob Rogers
overall = 15–9
conference = 9–5
confstanding = 3rd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1962–1963
name = Bob Rogers
overall = 16–8
conference = 9–5
confstanding = T–2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =

Metcalf era

Shelby Metcalf took over the A&M basketball program in 1963. His impact was immediate, winning the Southwest Conference with a 13-1 conference record for Texas A&M's first title in 13 years. In his 26 years as head coach at Texas A&M, he won six Southwest Conference titles, two Southwest Conference tournament titles, and led A&M to six NCAA Tournament and four NIT appearances. He was fired by former A&M football player and then-athletic director John David Crow after coaching 19 games of the 1989-1990 season. When asked by the media what happened between the two, Metcalf remarked, "I made a comment that I didn't think John David was all that bright. And I thought I was being generous." Shelby finished his career at A&M with an overall record of 438-306, making him the all-time winningest men's basketball coach in Southwest Conference history.

Metcalf season records

CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1963–1964
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 18–7
conference = 13–1
confstanding = 1st
postseason = NCAA First Round
ranking =
ranking2 = 18
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1964–1965
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 14–10
conference = 7–7
confstanding = 4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1965–1966
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 15–9
conference = 10–4
confstanding = 2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1966–1967
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 6–18
conference = 5–9
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1967–1968
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 14–10
conference = 8–6
confstanding = T–2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1968–1969
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 18–9
conference = 12–2
confstanding = 1st
postseason = NCAA Sweet Sixteen
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1969–1970
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 14–10
conference = 9–5
confstanding = 2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1970–1971
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 9–17
conference = 5–9
confstanding = 7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1971–1972
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 16–10
conference = 9–5
confstanding = T–3rd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1972–1973
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 17–9
conference = 9–5
confstanding = T–2nd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1973–1974
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 15–11
conference = 7–7
confstanding = 4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1974–1975
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 20–7
conference = 12–2
confstanding = 1st
postseason = NCAA First Round
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1975–1976
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 21–6
conference = 14–2
confstanding = 1st
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1976–1977
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 14–14
conference = 8–8
confstanding = T–4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1977–1978
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 12–15
conference = 5–11
confstanding = 7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1978–1979
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 24–9
conference = 11–5
confstanding = 3rd
postseason = NIT Quarterfinals
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference tournament
season = 1979–1980
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 26–8
conference = 14–2
confstanding = 1st
postseason = NCAA Sweet Sixteen
ranking =
ranking2 = 18
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1980–1981
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 15–12
conference = 8–8
confstanding = T–4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1981–1982
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 20–11
conference = 10–6
confstanding = 3rd
postseason = NIT Quarterfinals
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1982–1983
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 17–14
conference = 10–6
confstanding = 3rd
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1983–1984
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 16–14
conference = 7–9
confstanding = 5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1984–1985
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 19–11
conference = 10–6
confstanding = T–2nd
postseason = NIT First Round
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference
season = 1985–1986
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 20–12
conference = 12–4
confstanding = T–1st
postseason = NIT First Round
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship = conference tournament
season = 1986–1987
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 17–14
conference = 6–10
confstanding = 8th
postseason = NCAA First Round
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1987–1988
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 16–15
conference = 8–8
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1988–1989
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 16–14
conference = 8–8
confstanding = T–4th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1989–1990
name = Shelby Metcalf
overall = 9–10*
conference = 2–3*
confstanding =
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Subtotal | name = Shelby Metcalf | overall = 438–306 | confrecord = 239–158(*) Partial season, released after
19 games
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1989–1990
name = John Thornton
overall = 5–7
conference = 5–6
confstanding = T–5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =

"The Dark Ages"

After Metcalf was fired, A&M went through the next fourteen years making only one postseason appearance (1994 NIT), finished above .500 in conference play only twice, and posted an overall record of .500 or above only twice. John Thornton finished out the 1990 season as head coach after Metcalf was fired. Soon after, Kermit Davis, Jr. was hired prior to the 1990-91 season. He resigned after posting a record of 8-21 and Texas A&M began investigating recruiting violations by Davis.cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Aggies' Coach Resigns | work = | publisher = The New York Times | date = 1991-03-16 | url = http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE1DC1E3CF935A25750C0A967958260&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fOrganizations%2fT%2fTexas%20A%20and%20M%20University | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2007-03-15 ] Tony Barone was hired from Creighton in 1991 to replace Davis. Barone lasted seven years as head coach of the program, finishing below .500 six times. It was in 1994 that he finished with a 10-4 league record for 2nd place in the Southwest Conference and was invited to the NIT. After Barone finished last in the Big 12 Conference in 1998, Melvin Watkins was hired out of UNC-Charlotte. While a good recruiter, Watkins never finished above seventh in the Big 12. He resigned after going winless (0-16) in conference play in 2004.cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = Melvin Watkins Resigns As Texas A&M Basketball Coach | work = | publisher = AggieDaily | date = 2004-03-11 | url = http://newsarchives.tamu.edu/stories/04/031104-3.html | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2007-03-15 ]

Davis, Barone, Watkins season records

CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1990–1991
name = Kermit Davis, Jr.
overall = 8–21
conference = 2–14
confstanding = 9th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1991–1992
name = Tony Barone
overall = 6–22
conference = 2–12
confstanding = 8th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1992–1993
name = Tony Barone
overall = 10–17
conference = 5–9
confstanding = 6th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1993–1994
name = Tony Barone
overall = 19–11
conference = 10–4
confstanding = T–2nd
postseason = NIT First Round
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1994–1995
name = Tony Barone
overall = 14–16
conference = 7–7
confstanding = 5th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1995–1996
name = Tony Barone
overall = 11–16
conference = 3–11
confstanding = T–7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1996–1997
name = Tony Barone
overall = 9–18
conference = 3–13
confstanding = T–10th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1997–1998
name = Tony Barone
overall = 7–20
conference = 1–15
confstanding = 12th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1998–1999
name = Melvin Watkins
overall = 12–15
conference = 5–11
confstanding = T–10th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 1999–2000
name = Melvin Watkins
overall = 8–20
conference = 4–12
confstanding = T–8th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2000–2001
name = Melvin Watkins
overall = 10–20
conference = 3–13
confstanding = T–11th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2001–2002
name = Melvin Watkins
overall = 10–22
conference = 3–13
confstanding = T–10th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2002–2003
name = Melvin Watkins
overall = 14–14
conference = 6–10
confstanding = T–7th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2003–2004
name = Melvin Watkins
overall = 7–21
conference = 0–16
confstanding = 12th
postseason =
ranking =
ranking2 =

Modern resurgence

After Watkins resigned, Billy Gillispie, was hired out of UTEP after leading the Miners to an NCAA Tournament appearance and having the largest turnaround of any team in the nation, from 6-24 in 2002-03 to 24-8 in 2003-04. The Aggies, though picked by Big 12 coaches to finish last in the conference, immediately improved under Gillispie, winning their first 10 games and finishing at 21-10, 8-8 in conference. Along the way, the team defeated ranked, in-state rivals Texas and Texas Tech. The team earned an NIT bid, Texas A&M's first postseason in 11 years, reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Gillispie's second year featured further improvement, with the Aggies defeating three ranked opponents in Colorado, Texas, and Syracuse. The team finished with a league record of 10-6 and a win in the Big 12 Tournament, Texas A&M's first since the conference first began play in 1996-97. The Aggies reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987 as a 12-seed, upsetting fifth-seed Syracuse in the first round. The Aggies fell in the second round to LSU on the final shot of the game.

In 2007, as Gillispie's team began to gel, A&M was ranked as high as #10 in the pre-season polls. Despite early-season losses to LSU and UCLA, the Aggies accomplished several feats not seen in years by the Aggies, including a win at Allen Fieldhouse over then-#6 Kansas, a first for a Big 12 South team since the conference was formed. They suffered three losses in conference play, a sweep by Texas Tech and a double-overtime loss to a Kevin Durant-led Texas in Austin, and were able to secure the #2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. The Aggies lost in the quarterfinals to Oklahoma State. The Aggies received a #3 seed in the 2007 NCAA championship tournament, their highest seed ever, and reached the Sweet 16. In the postseason, the Aggies achieved a #9 ranking by the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls, the highest ranking ever attained in school history.cite web |url=http://www.aggieathletics.com/pressRelease.php?SID=&PRID=12732 |title=Aggies Ranked No. 9 in Final USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll |publisher=Texas A&M Athletics |date=2007-04-04 |accessdate=2007-04-05]

On April 6, 2007, Gillispie resigned his position as head coach at Texas A&M to coach at the University of Kentucky. [ [http://www.whas11.com/sports/stories/040607whasbhTopBillyGillespie.39cc9906.html Billy Gillespie to become new UK basketball coach | SPORTS | WHAS11.com | News for Louisville, Kentucky ] ] Four days later, on April 10, Mark Turgeon, head coach of Wichita State University, was announced as the new men's basketball head coach at A&M.

The Aggies started the 2007-08 season ranked 14th in the preseason Coaches Poll. Once the season progressed, they won the 2007 NIT Season Tip-Off to extend their winning streak to 7–0. Their first loss of the season came to unranked Arizona. After the Arizona game, they would then win eight straight home games against unranked opponents. Team performance spiraled down once conference play had begun, losing to three straight unranked teamsβ€”at Texas Tech, at Michael Beasley-led Kansas State, and at home to Baylor. The Aggies would post wins at their next five matchups, including one over the 10th-ranked rival Texas Longhorns and three away games. They then regressed, losing to Oklahoma State and Nebraska at home. Another high point came when they defeated Texas Tech 98–54 at home, matching their highest margin of victory in school history (set in 1959 against Texas). [cite news|url=http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/topstories/stories/022808dnspotechandamlede.3417889.html|title=Texas A&M snaps losing skid in win over Texas Tech|publisher="Dallas Morning News"|accessdate=2008-02-28|date=2008-02-28|author=Davis, Brian] The Aggies regressed once again, this time losing 64–37 at Oklahoma. After the blowout, the Aggies were able to revenge Baylor in Waco, though came back home to lose their final regular season game to eventual national champion Kansas to finish the season at 8-8 in conference play. The team received a No. 6 bid to the Big 12 tournament, defeating Iowa State and Kansas State in the first two rounds, but lost to Kansas again in the semifinals. With their 24–10 record after the Big 12 tournament, the Aggies received a No. 9 at-large bid to the West Regional of the NCAA tournament. In the first round, they defeated 8th-seeded BYU 67–62 at Anaheim. In the second round, they faced UCLA at the same site, though allowed them to escape with a close 51–49 win. [cite news|title=Last-second loss to UCLA mirrored much of season|url=http://www.star-telegram.com/college_sports/story/543893.html|publisher="Fort Worth Star-Telegram"|accessdate=2008-03-31|date=2008-03-24|author=Miller, John] The Aggies finished the season with a 25–11 record. The 25 wins matches the record for most wins by a first-year coach at a Big 12 school, set by former Texas coach Tom Penders in the 1988–89 season. [cite news|url=http://www.star-telegram.com/college_sports/story/540965.html|title=WEST REGION|publisher="Fort Worth Star-Telegram"|accessdate=2008-03-31|date=2008-03-21]

Gillispie, Turgeon season records

CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2004–2005
name = Billy Gillispie
overall = 21–10
conference = 8–8
confstanding = 7th
postseason = NIT Quarterfinals
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2005–2006
name = Billy Gillispie
overall = 22–9
conference = 10–6
confstanding = 4th
postseason = NCAA Second Round
ranking =
ranking2 =
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2006–2007
name = Billy Gillispie
overall = 27–7
conference = 13–3
confstanding = 2nd
postseason = NCAA Sweet Sixteen
ranking = 9
ranking2 = 9
CBB Yearly Record Entry
championship =
season = 2007–2008
name = Mark Turgeon
overall = 25-11
conference = 8-8
confstanding = 6th
postseason = NCAA Second Round

Notable players

Records

Career Points Scored

ee also

*Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball

References

External links

* [http://www.aggieathletics.com/sports/m-baskbl/tam-m-baskbl-body.html Men's basketball official website]


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