Big D's top-10 moments of 2007

It's been a pretty good year for Aggie sports fans, but what stands out when you take a look back at 2007, both on and off the field/court? What was the No. 1 day for Aggie Athletics in 2007? Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp gives you his top-10.

10. June 28, 2007 – Acie Law becomes first NBA lottery pick in school history
Who could forget "The Shot?" Or "The Shot II?" Or "The Shot III?" For that matter, who could forget Acie Law IV playing every night for the Aggies? The A&M fan favorite did many things on the court for the Aggies, but when he became the second first-round draft pick in as many years out of A&M, and the first lottery pick in school history, it sent a message to recruits across the country—you can now make it to the NBA at Texas A&M.

9. April 10, 2007 – Mark Turgeon named head basketball coach at Texas A&M
Everyone knows what Billy Gillispie did for Texas A&M basketball. He took a team that was dead in the water and built a foundation that Aggies can build on to become one of the nation's elite programs. Through the first 12 games of the Mark Turgeon era, it appears that A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne has once again struck gold in hiring coaches. Turgeon has held onto recruits, led the Aggies to the NIT Season Tip-Off championship in New York, and has them sitting on the cusp of the top-10 teams in the nation. While we might not have known it at the time, April 10, 2007 may be a day that Aggies look back to for years to come.

8. November 23, 2007 – Aggies win NIT Season Tip-Off Championship
Mark Turgeon's first order of business as new head coach of the Aggies was securing a pretty good recruiting class left behind by Billy Gillispie's staff. But fans wanted to know what he could do on the court. In November, Turgeon led the Aggies to the NIT Season Tip-Off Championship with wins over Oral Roberts, UT-El Paso, Washington and Ohio State. Three of the four games were on national TV, giving the Aggies a chance to showcase their new look to the nation. It also gives A&M Sports Information Director Colin Killian lots of content for next year's recruiting guide.

7. April 16, 2007 – Turgeon keeps DeAndre Jordan at A&M
It didn't take long for Mark Turgeon to get his feet wet. Less than a week after signing on as new head coach, he had held onto DeAndre Jordan—the biggest commit in the Aggies' 2007 class—whom many feared would follow Billy Gillispie to Kentucky. Jordan stayed true to the Aggies and that helped Turgeon solidify the rest of the recruiting class. Holding onto Jordan also helped Turgeon hit the ground running for future recruiting classes.

6. February 28, 2007 – Women's basketball wins the Big 12 Championship
To say that the women's basketball program was bad before Gary Blair arrived may be the understatement of the millennium. The Aggies weren't just bad, they were God awful—probably the worst sports program at Texas A&M before Blair's arrival. But in February, Blair's Aggies knocked off Texas to capture the program's first ever conference championship and Blair's first championship since his days at Stephen F. Austin. While the men's resurrection is impressive, the women's rise to basketball prominence is down right incredible.

5. May 27, 2007 – Aggie baseball wins the Big 12 Tournament Championship
The Aggies went into the Big 12 Tournament looking to play well enough to host a regional in College Station, where the Aggies had gone 31-7 up to that point. They needed to get a win over Texas (who had swept A&M just days earlier) to improve their RPI. But instead, the Aggies got three big wins and won the Big 12 Tournament Championship, securing a College Station regional in the process. It was another feather in Rob Childress' cap, proving to baseball players across the nation that his system is working and that the Aggies are back.

4. June 4, 2007 – Thebeau leads Aggies to Regional Championship
For those who missed it, it was Olsen Magic at it's finest. Kyle Thebeau threw a complete game and struck out a career-high 13 batters, including the last five he faced, to lead No. 10 Texas A&M past Louisiana-Lafayette, 5-2, in the championship game of the College Station Regional. Thebeau was forced to start for the Aggies, who were thin on the mound after fighting their way out of the losers bracket, but he was brilliant, allowing zero earned runs and giving up just seven hits scattered throughout the game in his first start since March. The win was huge for second-year head coach Rob Childress, and sent the Aggies to the Super Regionals in Houston against Rice.

3. March 17, 2007 – Aggies beat Louisville in Kentucky to advance to the Sweet 16
The atmosphere in Lexington, KY for the second-round match up against Louisville was as hostile as any venue the Aggies played in last season. More than 20,000 Louisville fans packed into Kentucky's Rupp Arena ready to take down "lowly Texas A&M," whom they expected to throttle. After the Aggies had finished their work, it was Kentucky fans (ironically enough) who were high-fiving their new new-found friends from Texas for knocking off their arch-rival. It sent the Aggies back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in more than 25 years and sent a message to the college basketball world that the Aggies were a program to be reckoned with.

2. November 23, 2007 – Franchione leaves A&M with 38-30 win over Texas
It was a long five years for the embattled head coach of A&M. He had gone through 77-0, an embarrassing email scandal with assistant Mike McKenzie and he had failed to live up to the billing of turnaround guru. But in his final game as A&M head coach, the Aggies dismantled a Texas team with visions of playing in a BCS bowl and in the process, punched their ticket for the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio. The win showed fans that "12-7" was not a fluke, and that the Aggies do have the talent to play with Texas. With a fresh style of play calling in 2008, it may become a Thanksgiving tradition for Aggies once again.

1. February 3/February 5, 2007 – Aggies win back-to-back games on national TV
Okay, so I'm cheating a bit here by using two dates, but it's okay because it was arguably the biggest 48-hour period in Aggie basketball history. On Saturday night, Acie Law silenced the sell-out crowd at Allen Field House with a game-winning three pointer. It was the first time a Big 12 South team had won at Allen Field House and was the first time that people took notice of the Aggies on a national level. I'm not sure what was sweeter, hitting my head on the rafters of Allen Field House, or going back to the bar where we had endured so much verbal abuse the night before. Less than 48 hours later, the Aggies knocked off arch-rival Texas, 100-82, in front of 13,000-plus in a rocking Reed Arena, capping off a 48-hour period that is hard to beat.




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