Texas A&M Basketball: 3 Takeaways from dominant win over North Carolina

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3. All bets are off

There was a time when the Aggies looked to have played themselves out of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. This same team started conference play 0-5 and was one fortunate roll against Ole Miss from starting 0-6. Not only have they made the Big Dance, they’re one of 16 teams that will be playing in the second weekend.

Not a single analyst in the country that knows what to do with this team. On paper, they have the talent to end their season in San Antonio at the Final Four. On the court they’ve taken down the big dogs and completely failed to show up at times against mostly mediocre opponents.

Coaching is a concern, as is three-point shooting and point guard play. Yet even with legitimate issues, the Aggies are still dancing. That’s a credit to head coach Billy Kennedy and to a resilient team that does not want their season to end anytime soon.

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Texas A&M plays Michigan in the Sweet 16. One more win against the Wolverines would put the Aggies in uncharted territory – Texas A&M is 0-3 all time in the Sweet 16 and thus has never reached the Elite 8. It’s true; history is not of their side. But when has this team done what was expected? Hang on Aggies, it’s going to be a wild ride.