Texas A&M Basketball: 5 things we’ve learned about the Aggies in March Madness

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Robert Williams affects the game beyond the box score

Maybe the most important Aggie thus far has been potential lottery pick Robert Williams. While he has stuffed the stat sheet — 11.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks per game — he has also been able to affect the game beyond the box score.

He has only registered two blocks in each of the first two games so far, but the Friars and Tar Heels were definitely aware of the Aggie big man patrolling the paint. Each of their opponents have looked terrified to attack the basket due to Williams’ ability to change their shots at the rim.

You can’t really blame them when he does things like this:

Or this:

Williams has played with maximum effort so far. He controlled the glass against the No. 1 offensive rebounding team in the country in North Carolina, and that may have been the most important factor in the Aggies’ victory.