January 26, 2010

Davis' play key to Aggies' success

Heading into the 2009-10 season Texas A&M basketball was spear-headed by three seniors with tons of experience. Guards Donald Sloan and Derrick Roland and forward Bryan Davis have been staples in the Aggies' starting lineup the last three years and figured to lead A&M back to the NCAA tournament for a school record fifth consecutive season.

Sloan has been on fire all season in what has so far gone down as his best year yet while Davis suffered through and up and down series of games in the non-conference season. Roland, however, was off to the best all-around year of his career.

But the senior trio became a duo on Dec. 22 when Roland broke his leg at Washington, ending his season and perhaps his basketball career. And Davis has been the one who has stepped up in Big 12 play.

"It's very important. It's what we need. Coach Turgeon said at the beginning of the year that when (Davis) is playing good we are playing good," Sloan said. "We pretty much end up winning those games where BD is playing as good as he can play, and he's been doing that the past couple of weeks. To be successful and to reach our goal in the end to get to the NCAA tournament we are going to need to play like that every night."

Davis has averaged 12 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in A&M's five Big 12 conference games in which the Aggies have gone 3-2.

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