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Aggies Chosen as No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament

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March 14, 2010

NCAA Tournament Central

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College Station, TX - The No. 23 Aggie Basketball team was selected as the No. 5 seed in the South Regional in the 2010 NCAA Tournament this afternoon. The Aggies (23-9, 11-5 Big 12) will face the No. 12 seeded Utah State Aggies (27-7, 14-2 WAC) on Friday in Spokane, Wash. (time TBA).


HEAD COACH Mark Turgeon:
"It will be nice for our guys to see a different part of the country. I really thought we'd be a four seed, but I'm happy to be a five. We've had a fantastic year, won 11 games in the No. 1 conference and we got rewarded. We've won nine of our last 12 games, and two of the losses were the overall No. 1 seed (Kansas) and we led both those games in the second half. Playing on Friday gives us more time to prepare and get some guys healthy. We have a lot of confidence and we just want to improve between now and Friday. It was nerve-wracking to watch the selection show, although we knew we were in. I wasn't as nervous as I was the last couple of years. It was fun to see how excited the players were. To make it five years in a row is pretty special. Not many teams can say that and I hope we never take it for granted at A&M.; North Carolina won the national championship last year but didn't make it back. That just shows you how hard it is. Utah State has been in postseason play 10 straight years and is a special program. They certainly won't be afraid of the NCAA Tournament environment, especially after losing a close game last year to Marquette."

SENIOR GUARD Donald Sloan:
"Not a lot of people can say they played in four NCAA Tournaments. To be a part of something like that is pretty special, especially when you think about what could have happened to us after losing Chin (Chinemelu Elonu, who left early for the 2009 NBA Draft) and D-Ro (Derrick Roland, broken leg in December). We're very blessed. The selection show was completely different for us this year. We were on pins and needles the last couple of years. We've played a tough schedule and we've earned everything we've gotten this year. We're a confident team. We've been a little short-handed this week with Dash (Harris) out (bruised wrist), but I think we'll be ready to hit the floor running on Friday."

"We are playing a very good team in Utah State and need to bring all we've got and put it on the table. Nothing is ever easy in the NCAA Tournament. Every game has the potential to be my last at A&M;, but I've played every game for three years like it was my last. We've just got to go out and play as hard as we can. We've accomplished a lot this year but we're not done yet."

*A&M; is one of just 12 schools to make the last five NCAA Tournaments.

*A&M;, Pittsburgh and Texas are the only teams in the 2010 field who have won at least one NCAA game in each of the previous four tournaments.


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