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Band wagon fans welcome

Texas A&M players realize not many fans expected them to advance to the national championship game.

It's the program's first trip to the title game -- the first to the Final Four.

But they're hoping their run has impressed some people.

"We're OK if people want to jump on the band wagon," A&M senior guard Sydney Colson said. "I think I would have been just as shocked as the millions of people in the country. Somebody said that only one person predicted it would be an A&M-Notre Dame matchup out of all the people who do the brackets. It's really easy to predict a women's bracket. If you choose the No. 1 seeds to be in the final game, most of the time you're going to be right.

"The fact that there have been upsets is really helping out women's basketball, and I think it will get some of those top-named girls to start branchinig out to other schools, realizing it's not just the UConns, Stanfords and the Tennessees that can win a national championship, and other people are definitely contenders for that spot."

Colson's backcourt mate Sydney Carter said she also thinks the two unlikely title game participants -- the Aggies are played another 2 seed, Notre Dame -- will be good for the sport.

"Everybody is so used to seeing the Connecticuts, and that's their dream, to go to Connecticut and be that next Maya Moore or that next big game," Carter said. "But it definitely opens up other doors at other schools and says that, 'I want to go to that school, and I want to work as hard as those other players there. Because working hard and putting forth that effort got them to that championship game.' It's not always about being a big name. It's about playing and being part of a team. I think that really opens the door for us."

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