Season finale: Ags take on Baylor

With post-season aspirations still on the line for the Aggies, Texas A&M travels down the road to Waco Saturday for the Battle of the Brazos against the Baylor Bears. The game is the final regular season game of the year for both teams. While the Aggies have shocked the basketball world this year with a monumental single season turn-around, the Bears have struggled, managing to chalk up only one conference win.

The teams: Texas A&M (18-8, 7-8) at Baylor (9-17, 1-14)

When: Saturday, March 5 at 12:30pm

Location: Ferrell Center (10,284); Waco, TX

Television: ESPN+

Radio: Texas A&M Radio Network. Dave South (play-by-play) and Colin Killian (commentary)

Sirius Satellite: Ch. 133

Series: A&M leads the overall series, 119-71. The Aggies beat the Bears earlier this season, 74-62 in College Station.

BU Note: Baylor is coming off a tough Wednesday night loss to Texas Tech. Despite committing 20 turnovers, the Bears gave Tech all they could handle, but still came up short, 72-66 against Bobby Knight and his Red Raiders.

Believers in Aggieland: This season, Texas A&M set school-record average attendance figures for conference games (10,988) and the full season (7,843). "We've had a great deal of real pleasant surprises ... but the biggest surprise to me is the way the fans have really come to us and accepted us and kind of taken us under their wing," Gillispie said. "I was hopeful we could get to that point someday. I definitely didn't think it would happen as quickly as it has happened. It's been a major, major, major surprise and has as much to do with any success we've had as anything we've done."

Billy Clyde for President: Aggie Head Coach Billy Gillispie has taken the NCAA hoops world by storm this year, orchestrating one of the league's biggest single-season turnarounds. The recognition is beginning to kick up a notch and honors are rolling in for Coach Gillispie. ESPN's Dick Vitale named Gillispie the National Coach of the Week last week after the A&M's dominating wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech. Coach Gillispie has also just been announced as a finalist for the Naismith Award – the National Coach of the Year. Gillispie inherited a team that was winless in conference play last season and now has the Aggies steaming ahead toward the NIT.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Gillispie on Baylor's Aaron Bruce: "He's an NBA player, no question," Gillispie said. "He may be the best freshman in our league out of a lot of great ones. He loves to play, and I love to watch him play."

"One More Year!": As the final seconds were ticking off the clock against Texas Tech in Reed Arena, 13,136 Aggie fans serenaded Antoine Wright with a chorus of support, in hopes that the big man returns to College Station for his senior season. Wright's response: "I don't know," Wright said. "This season is not over. When the season is over, I'll think about that."

Gillispie on the importance of Antoine Wright to the team: "He means everything to us. He's a more mature player. Now he's starting to play with a serious purpose."

Baylor's Bruce cleared to play: Baylor guard Aaron Bruce suffered a deep bruise on his right (shooting) hand, but has been cleared to play in Saturday's game. The injury, which occurred when Bruce was hit on a three-point shot attempt against Texas Tech, was originally feared to be a broken hand; however, x-rays were negative. Bruce is the leading freshman scorer in the nation with an 18.0 average and ranks third among all Big 12 scorers. He ranks second in the league with an 84.9 free-throw percentage and fifth with a 39.6 three-point percentage.
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