Texas A&M Basketball: Aggies snap funk with big home win

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 27: Admon Gilder
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(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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3. Effort

Arkansas was able to cut a 21-point lead to a nine-point Aggie advantage midway through the second half. There was a time out on the floor and a collective deep breath from the Aggie faithful. Here we go again. This team, which had so much working in its favor, was on the edge of blowing it, again.

But they didn’t blow it. Although there was an unmistakable lack of focus that allowed the lead to shrink this team fought back. For the first time in a month the Texas A&M basketball team looked like they wanted this. Whatever the source of the motivation the team finally found that extra gear and pulled away from a team that did not have the same talent level as the Aggies.

Tyler Davis had a triple double. Freshman TJ Starks finished with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds. Duane Wilson was 3-of-7 for seven points, three rebounds and three assists from the bench. From the starters to the bench, everyone looked like they wanted to win this game. And they did. Now the question becomes whether or not they can sustain this effort going forward?

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Next Up

The Aggies have nine SEC games remaining. The chance of a .500 finish is still within their grasp, but it’s going to take a strong finish that’s going to have to take place one game at a time. They welcome South Carolina to College Station next, hosting the Gamecocks at Reed Arena on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1:00 p.m. CT.