2007–08 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team

The 2007–08 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team represented Texas A&M University in the 2007–08 college basketball season. The team was led by first-year head coach Mark Turgeon, who replaced Billy Gillispie in April 2007. In 2006–07, the Aggies finished 27–7 (13–3 in the Big 12), advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, and finished 9th in the final AP Poll — their first top 25 finish since the 1979–80 season.

The 2007–08 team won the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. The 98–54 home win against Texas Tech matched the Aggies' largest margin of victory set in 1959 against Texas.[1]

2007–08 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball
2008NCAA A&MvsUCLA
2007–08 NIT Season Tip-Off Champions
NCAA Second Round vs. UCLA, L 49–51
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
South
2007–08 record25–11 (8–8 Big 12)
Head coachMark Turgeon
Assistant coachScott Spinelli
Assistant coachPooh Williamson
Assistant coachByron Smith
Home arenaReed Arena
2007–08 Big 12 Men's Basketball Standings
  Conf Overall
Team (Rank) W L PCT W L PCT
Kansas (#4) † 13 3 .813 37 3 .925
Texas (#7) 13 3 .813 31 7 .816
Kansas State 10 6 .625 21 12 .636
Oklahoma 9 7 .563 23 12 .657
Baylor 9 7 .563 21 11 .656
Texas A&M 8 8 .500 25 11 .694
Nebraska 7 9 .438 20 13 .606
Texas Tech 7 9 .438 16 15 .516
Oklahoma State 7 9 .438 17 16 .515
Missouri 6 10 .375 16 16 .500
Iowa State 4 12 .250 14 18 .438
Colorado 3 13 .188 12 20 .375
† Big 12 Tournament winner

Leading into the season

Summer games

Six Aggie players participated in summer games during the summer prior to the start of the season. Junior Josh Carter participated in the Kobe Bryant Skills Academy in late June, and tried out for the Team USA basketball team for the 2007 Pan American Games. Though Carter was one of the 14 finalists to play for the team, he was one of the two who got eliminated. He later joined Athletes in Action to play several games in Australia. Incoming freshmen B.J. Holmes, DeAndre Jordan, and Nathan Walkup participated in the Global Games in Dallas in June. Jordan later joined Team USA for the under-19 world championship game in Serbia, where the team lost in the gold medal game. Sophomore Donald Sloan played for a different Athletes in Action team in the William Jones Cup in July. Sloan's team finished with a 5–4 record and tied for third place. Sophomore Bryan Davis played for the East Coast All-Stars, who went on a 10-day tour in Belgium and the Netherlands in August. Against the Dutch national team, Davis scored 16 points and made 11 rebounds. Davis' team finished with a 3–4 record.[2]

Rankings

The preseason Big 12 Coaches' Poll picked the Aggies to finish third.[3] The preseason Coaches Poll ranked the Aggies 14th, tied with the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and the preseason AP Poll ranked the Aggies 16th.[4] ESPN columnist Andy Katz ranked the Aggies 17th in his "pre-preseason" top 25 rankings.[5]

Preseason honors

Joseph Jones was named to the Wooden Award preseason top 50 list,[6] and the preseason all-Big 12 team.[7] Though Jones declared for the NBA Draft in the summer, he withdrew himself prior to the deadline and decided to continue playing for the Aggies his senior season.[2] Josh Carter was the 2007 NCAA leader in 3 point accuracy and currently holds the Big 12 record for career accuracy. Dominique Kirk is a Defensive All-American.[8]

Recruiting

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Denzell Bowles
PF
Virginia Beach, VA Kempsville 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) May 16, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
B.J. Holmes
PG
Houston, TX Hastings 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jul 31, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
DeAndre Jordan
C
Houston, TX Christian Life Center 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Jul 27, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
5 stars
   Rivals:
5 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 91
Derrek Lewis
SG
Tulsa, OK Union 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Jul 5, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
2 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 40
Nathan Walkup
SF
Deer Park, TX Deer Park 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 4, 2006 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
3 stars
   Rivals:
3 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 26
  • 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:

  • "Texas A&M 2007 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  • "2007 Texas A&M Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  • "2007 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2007-11-07.

Players

Honors

  • Senior Joseph Jones, along with Texas Longhorns player D. J. Augustin, was featured on the front cover of the November 15, 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated.[9]
  • After the Ouachita Baptist game, freshman DeAndre Jordan had made 16 consecutive field goals, breaking the Big 12 record of 13, set by Nebraska's Mikki Moore in 1998.[10] Jordan also broke the A&M record, which was set in 1978.[11]
  • Senior point guard Dominique Kirk started his 110th consecutive game when the Aggies played Rice, breaking the Big 12 record set by Kansas point guard Aaron Miles from 2001–05. Kirk's 110 consecutive starts is also an A&M record.[12][13]

Roster

Name Number Position Height Weight* Year Hometown
Davis, Bryan 0 F/C 6–9 250 So.-1L Dallas, Texas
Lewis, Derreck 2 G 6–5 197 Fr. Tulsa, Oklahoma
Roland, Derrick 3 G 6–4 190 So.-1L Dallas, Texas
Graham, Bryson 5 G 6–3 190 Jr.-1L San Antonio, Texas
Bowles, Denzel 10 F/C 6–10 250 Fr.-HS Virginia Beach, Virginia
Holmes, B.J. 11 G 6–0 175 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas
Jordan, DeAndre 12 C 7–0 255 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas
Darko, Andrew 14 G 6–0 165 Fr. Conroe, Texas
Sloan, Donald 15 G 6–3 205 So.-1L Dallas, Texas
Kirk, Dominique 22 G 6–4 185 Sr.-3L Dallas, Texas
Carter, Josh 23 F 6–7 200 Jr.-2L Dallas, Texas
Travis, Taylor 25 G 5-8 170 Fr. Angleton, Texas
Chan, Gary 13 G 6-0 190 Fr. League City, Texas
Jones, Joseph 30 F 6–9 255 Sr.-3L Normangee, Texas
Chapman, Chris 31 G 5–11 170 So. Houston, Texas
Muhlbach, Beau 32 G/F 6–5 205 Sr.-2L Lufkin, Texas
Elonu, Chinemelu 41 F/C 6–10 235 So.-1L Houston, Texas
Walkup, Nathan 45 F 6–6 195 Fr.-HS Houston, Texas
Carrell, Marshall 50 F 6–8 200 Fr. Paris, Texas

Information from 2007–08 roster and,[14] subject to change.

Schedule

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/01/2007
7:00 pm
No. 16 Emporia State W 85–73  0–0
Reed Arena (8,521[15])
College Station, TX
11/05/2007
7:00 pm
No. 16 Tarleton State W 71–62  0–0
Reed Arena (8,224[16])
College Station, TX
Regular season
11/09/2007*
7:00 pm, FSN-SW
No. 16 McNeese State W 73–50  1–0
Reed Arena (9,276[17])
College Station, TX
11/13/2007*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 15 Oral Roberts
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 67–53  2–0
Reed Arena (8,442[18])
College Station, TX
11/14/2007*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 15 UTEP
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 81–76  3–0
Reed Arena (8,429[19])
College Station, TX
11/17/2007*
7:30 pm
No. 15 Ouachita Baptist W 85–59  4–0
Reed Arena (8,237[20])
College Station, TX
11/21/2007*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Washington
NIT Season Tip-Off
W 77–63  5–0
Madison Square Garden (N/A)
New York City
11/23/2007*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Ohio State
NIT Season Tip-Off Championship Game
W 70–47  6–0
Madison Square Garden (N/A)
New York City
11/28/2007*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 9 Alabama W 76–63  7–0
Reed Arena (10,328[21])
College Station, TX
12/02/2007*
5:00 pm, FSN
No. 9 at Arizona
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
L 78–67  7–1
McKale Center (14,598[22])
Tucson, AZ
12/08/2007*
7:00 pm, FSN-SW
No. 16 Texas State W 109–73  8–1
Reed Arena (9,879[23])
College Station, TX
12/16/2007*
1:00 pm, FSN-SW
No. 14 Arkansas–Pine Bluff W 64–37  9–1
Reed Arena (7,789[24])
College Station, TX
12/19/2007*
7:00 pm
No. 14 Detroit W 79–39  10–1
Reed Arena (8,912[25])
College Station, TX
12/22/2007*
1:00 pm
No. 14 UC–Irvine W 88–66  11–1
Reed Arena (8,064[26])
College Station, TX
12/29/2007*
1:00 pm, FSN-SW
No. 14 Florida A&M W 83–54  12–1
Reed Arena (8,089[27])
College Station, TX
12/31/2007*
1:00 pm, FSN-SW
No. 12 Rice W 68–41  13–1
Reed Arena (8,702[28])
College Station, TX
01/05/2008*
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 12 LSU W 79–53  14–1
Reed Arena (12,255[29])
College Station, TX
01/12/2008
3:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 11 Colorado W 86–69  15–1 (1–0)
Reed Arena (12,634[30])
College Station, TX
01/16/2008
8:30 pm, ESPN
No. 10 at Texas Tech L 68–53  15–2 (1–1)
United Spirit Arena (11,268[31])
Lubbock, TX
01/19/2008
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 10 at Kansas State L 75–54  15–3 (1–2)
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528[32])
Manhattan, KS
01/23/2008
7:00 pm
No. 18 No. 25 Baylor
Battle of the Brazos
L 116–110 5OT 15–4 (1–3)
Reed Arena (12,234[33])
College Station, TX
01/26/2008
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 at Oklahoma State W 59–56  16–4 (2–3)
Gallagher-Iba Arena (12,452[34])
Stillwater, OK
01/30/2008
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 23 No. 10 Texas
Lone Star Showdown
W 80–63  17–4 (3–3)
Reed Arena (13,555[35])
College Station, TX
02/02/2008
3:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 23 Oklahoma W 60–52  18–4 (4–3)
Reed Arena (13,158[36])
College Station, TX
02/05/2008
7:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 18 at Iowa State W 69–51  19–4 (5–3)
Hilton Coliseum (11,955[37])
Ames, IA
02/09/2008
12:30 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 18 at Missouri W 77–69  20–4 (6–3)
Mizzou Arena [38])
Columbia, MO
02/16/2008
2:30 pm, ABC
No. 16 Oklahoma State L 59–54  20–5 (6–4)
Reed Arena (13,584[39])
College Station, TX
02/18/2008
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 22 at No. 7 Texas
Lone Star Showdown
L 77–50  20–6 (6–5)
Frank Erwin Center (16,755[40])
Austin, TX
02/23/2008
3:00 pm, ESPN Plus
No. 22 Nebraska L 65–59  20–7 (6–6)
Reed Arena (11,207[41])
College Station, TX
02/27/2008
7:00 pm, ESPN Plus
Texas Tech W 98–54  21–7 (7–6)
Reed Arena (10,032[42])
College Station, TX
03/01/2008
1:00 pm, ESPN
at Oklahoma L 64–37  21–8 (7–7)
Lloyd Noble Center (12,202[43])
Norman, OK
03/05/2008
8:00 pm, ESPN
at Baylor
Battle of the Brazos
W 71–57  22–8 (8–7)
Ferrell Center (10,545[44])
Waco, TX
03/08/2008
3:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 Kansas L 72–55  22–9 (8–8)
Reed Arena (12,054[45])
College Station, TX
Postseason Big 12 Tournament
03/13/2008
8:30 pm, ESPN Plus
vs. Iowa State
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 60–47  23–9
Sprint Center (18,758[46])
Kansas City, Missouri
03/14/2008
8:20 pm, ESPN Plus
vs. Kansas State
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
W 63–60  24–9
Sprint Center (18,897[47])
Kansas City, Missouri
03/15/2008
3:20 pm, ESPN Plus
vs. #5 Kansas
Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament
L 77–71  24–10
Sprint Center (18,897[48])
Kansas City, Missouri
NCAA Tournament
03/20/2008
6:25 pm, CBS
vs. BYU
NCAA Tournament
W 67–62  25–10
Honda Center (N/A)
Anaheim, California
03/22/2008
8:15 pm, CBS
vs. #3 UCLA
NCAA Tournament
L 51–49  25–11
Honda Center (N/A)
Anaheim, California
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Standard Time.

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Darryl Gerard "D. J." Augustin Jr. (born November 10, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Texas Longhorns from 2006 to 2008. He was drafted ninth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2008 NBA draft.

Danielle Gant

Danielle Nicole Gant (born March 6, 1987 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a women's college basketball guard/forward. She was drafted 16th overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2009 WNBA Draft. She played college ball for Texas A&M.

DeAndre Jordan

Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. (born July 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for Texas A&M University before being selected by the Clippers in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft with the 35th overall pick. Jordan is a three-time All-NBA and two-time NBA All-Defensive Team member, and has twice led the league in rebounding. In 2017, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time. Jordan currently holds the NBA record for best career field goal percentage at 67.4%.

Dexter Pittman

Dexter Jerome Pittman (born March 2, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka of the B.League. He played college basketball for the University of Texas.

Gail Goestenkors

Gail Ann Goestenkors (born February 26, 1963) is an American basketball coach who was most recently an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association. Previously, she was an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Indiana Fever,Prior to entering the professional ranks, Goestenkors spent twenty years as a college basketball head coach for Duke University and The University of Texas. She led Duke from 1992 until 2007, when she was hired to replace the retiring Jody Conradt at Texas. Goestenkors left Texas following the 2011–12 season citing fatigue.Born in Waterford, Michigan, Goestenkors attended Saginaw Valley State University, where she played under future Purdue head coach Marsha Reall. After graduating in 1985, Goestenkors became a graduate assistant coach at Iowa State. After one season, she left to become an assistant coach at Purdue under Lin Dunn, where she remained until becoming head coach at Duke in 1992.

Goestenkors accumulated an impressive record at Duke and is one of the most accomplished women's basketball coaches in the nation. She received recognition as the ACC Coach of the Year a record 7 times (1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007). In the 2001-02 season, Goestenkors led the Blue Devils to the first undefeated regular season in ACC women's basketball history — a feat she would repeat two other times during her tenure at Duke (2003, 2007). During her final ten seasons at Duke, Goestenkors led the Blue Devils to NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen appearances every year, seven Elite Eight appearances, four Final Four appearances, and two appearances in the NCAA Championship game. During her tenure, her teams won five ACC tournament championships and eight ACC regular season titles. Goestenkors holds the ACC record for fewest games required to achieve 300 wins (387 games).

She's inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as one of six members of the Class of 2015

Gary Blair

Gary Claude Blair (born August 10, 1945) is the head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies women's basketball team. In his 32 years as a collegiate head coach, Blair has only suffered one losing season, and has reached postseason play 28 times, including 23 NCAA Tournament appearances and 2 Final Four appearances in 1998 and 2011. He led the Aggies to the NCAA national championship in 2011. He is listed in the top 35 of the all-time winningest active NCAA Division 1 women's basketball coaches, and is one of the few coaches to guide three different schools to national rankings and NCAA Tournament berths.

Kristy Curry

Kristy Lynn Curry née Sims (born October 30, 1966) is the head coach of the University of Alabama's women's basketball team, the Crimson Tide. She took the job in 2013.

Mark Turgeon

Mark Leo Turgeon (born February 5, 1965) is an American college basketball coach. He is the head men's basketball coach at the University of Maryland, College Park, a position he has held since 2011. Turgeon served the head men's basketball coach at Jacksonville State University from 1998 to 2000, Wichita State University from 2000 to 2007, and Texas A&M University from 2007 to 2011.

Morenike Atunrase

Morenike Olayinka Atunrase (born April 14, 1986) is an American basketball player who played for the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars during the 2008 season. She was drafted in 2008 out of Texas A&M, where she played from 2004–08.

Pat Knight

Patrick Clair Knight (born September 21, 1970) is an American basketball coach and scout. He is a scout for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Knight assumed his position on July 1, 2014, and is the Pacers' college scout for the West Coast Region.Formerly, he was an American college basketball coach. He became the coach of the Lamar Cardinals basketball team on April 5, 2011, but was fired on February 16, 2014. He was previously the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders men's basketball team until March 7, 2011. Prior to that, he served in other coaching, administrative and scouting capacities with the NBA, United States Basketball League, International Basketball Association, NCAA, and CBA teams. Knight is the son of Basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Knight, and replaced his father as Texas Tech's 13th head coach on February 4, 2008.

Rick Barnes

Richard Dale Barnes (born July 17, 1954) is a men's college basketball head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He coached Texas from 1998 to 2015, taking the team to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons with the Longhorns, including 14 straight from 1999 to 2012, as well as a Final Four appearance led by T. J. Ford in 2003. Barnes previously coached at George Mason University, Providence College, and Clemson University. He is a 1977 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College where he was a member of the men's basketball team.

Sydney Colson

Sydney Justine Colson (born August 6, 1989) is a basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball at Texas A&M University, where she helped the Aggies win the NCAA title during her senior year.

Tyra White

Tyra Marie White (born Match 23, 1989) is a basketball player who was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks. She played college basketball for Texas A&M University.

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