February 5, 2007
A&M looks to capitalize on momentum against Texas
Is this really happening? Is Texas A&M really atop the Big 12 conference after being 0-16 just three seasons ago? Did the Aggies just beat Kansas, 69-66, in front of a wild Jayhawk crowd at Phog Allen Fieldhouse?
If this is a dream, don't wake me up.
The story is well known in Aggieland, and after Saturday's win in front of a national audience on ESPN, College Gameday and Dick Vitale the story has gotten out. The rags to riches story is about to go big time with another national television appearance on Big Monday tonight against rival Texas.
After enduring countless losing seasons and a 19-year NCAA tournament drought head coach Billy Gillispie has erased just about every aspect of futility in his first two and one half years at A&M. The Aggies have been a consistent winner along the way, knocking off Texas, Oklahoma State and every perennial elite team in the Big 12 except one. A&M had never beaten the Jayhawks, which is no surprise given their lofty perch atop the college basketball world for almost a century.
Their dominance also extended to the formation of the Big 12 conference in 1996. Heading into Saturday's first place showdown, every Kansas journalist made sure their readers knew that the Jayhawks had never lost to a Big 12 South opponent in 31 games at Phog Allen.
When Acie Law nailed a three-point bomb over the outstretched arms of Brandon Rush to put A&M up for good, all of those records and streaks came tumbling down along with the emotions of the disbelieving Jayhawk fans.
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