Texas A&M Basketball: 3 takeaways from win vs South Carolina

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Texas A&M Basketball 15-8 (4-6 SEC) kept their NCAA Tournament dreams alive with a much-needed home victory against South Carolina on Saturday.

Texas A&M basketball put themselves into a big hole following a pair of double-digit losses, first to LSU and then to Kansas. The latter dropped the Aggies’ record to 13-8 (2-6 SEC). If this team was going to get into the NCAA Tournament they were going to need to go on a big run, fast.

The Aggies responded with a 80-66 win over Arkansas on Tuesday and followed it up with a dominant 83-60 win over South Carolina on Saturday.

Texas A&M jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first four and half minutes of play. They’d continue to stretch that lead throughout the game. By halftime the Aggies were up by 22. At one point during the second half this team, which finally looks like it’s finding its rhythm, led by 29 points.

Everything seemed to break the right way for the maroon and white. The Aggies edged the Gamecocks in field goal percentage (52.7-27.5). Four Aggies scored double-digit points.

Here are three key takeaways from the Aggies’ win over the Gamecocks at Reed Arena.