February 13, 2009

Sloan's dunk still reverberating through Waco

A season ago, Texas A&M headed to Waco needing a win in the worse way to stay alive for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Aggies got the win, but the reverberations from that game go much deeper than the score.

Cups, cans, rubber balls and anything that was in a Baylor students' hands or pockets that day found its way to the floor at the end of the game, creating an ugly scene that will be a scar on Baylor fans for a long time to come. The reason: A&M guard Donald Sloan's off the backboard exclamation mark dunk as time expired.

The clip immediately became a youtube sensation for fans from both sides. For Aggie fans, it was the release of tons of frustrations over an up-and-down season, and it seemed as if it served the team in the same way. For Baylor fans and players alike, it was a unnecessary move with the Bears' loss already determined.

And it also made Sloan public enemy No. 1 in Waco, which he'll assuredly hear constantly as soon as he hits the Ferrell Center court Saturday.

"I know they'll probably have something in store for me whether it be signs, chants or pretty much the works," Sloan said. "I guess a few people didn't like it, but I figured if they were out there in the atmosphere and knew everything that was going on than they would have done the same thing if they could, if they could get up."

If you weren't in Ferrell Center last season, then it's hard to completely understand the hostility in the arena. What started in the stands carried over to the court late in the game when physical play escalated to an eventual bench-clearing discussion that resulted in technical fouls on both sides.

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