Texas A&M Basketball: 5 reasons Aggies can upset Michigan in Sweet 16

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /
6 of 6
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

5. Lean on experience

Although A&M won’t have an advantage over Michigan in terms of experience, the fact that four of their top six players have played in the Sweet 16 before will definitely help.

Michigan got here thanks to an amazing shot from a freshman, but they are about as experienced as any team remaining, including A&M. Juniors Wagner and Charles Matthews and senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman are the Wolverines’ three leading scorers on a team that made the Sweet 16 a year ago and will be hungry to advance.

A&M’s experience has helped them in both of their games already. They went scoreless for the first six and half minutes against Providence, but only fell behind 6-0 and fought through the struggles to take a 28-27 lead by halftime. As mentioned previously, they fell into a hole against North Carolina before cooler heads prevailed and the pace was slowed down to the Aggies’ liking.

Gilder has been huge in both games, calming the Aggies down after poor starts. He and Starks let the offense flow through their big men and took advantage of the team’s strength. They have to do that again against Michigan.

Next: 3 matchups to watch vs. Michigan in Sweet 16

Jeff Shull is a Site Expert for the Gig Em Gazette on FanSided. Follow him on Twitter, and be sure to follow the Gig Em Gazette on Facebook and Twitter.