December 2, 2009

A&M earns respect with top 20 ranking

Texas A&M headed to Anaheim and the 76 Classic looking for some national respect. Two wins over three ranked opponents in four days did just that with the Aggies jumping into the AP poll at No. 19 with wins over No. 18 Clemson, 69-60, then-No. 22 Minnesota, 66-65, and a narrow loss to No. 7 West Virginia, 73-66.

But even after the impressive Thanksgiving weekend in California, the Aggies made sure that pollsters knew about them even if they weren't able to watch the Aggies in games at the Anaheim Convention Center or on ESPN and ESPN2. Sophomore guard Dash Harris quickly started to campaign after A&M's third-place game win over Minnesota with Twitter and Facebook messages appealing for recognition. And he wasn't the only one.

"Derrick Roland started it and me and (Bryan Davis) were right behind him because we definitely felt the same way. We've been feeling that way since last year," Harris said. "I think a lot of fans, A&M fans, felt the same way. We felt that if we show that we feel the same way as them it'll bring us closer together. We definitely felt that way and it happened for us, so we're happy about it."

Not that the tweets were needed since the Aggies did take care of business in Anaheim against top teams, but for a team that has been to the NCAA tournament and won at least one game in each trip for the last five season you'd think more respect would already be due to the Aggies.

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