Texas A&M Basketball: 3 keys to victory over Michigan in Sweet 16

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Robert Williams
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2. Someone steps up and hits a few three-pointers

The vanishing act perpetrated by DJ Hogg this season has been somewhat incredible. It still doesn’t make sense that the Aggies’ supposed sharpshooter simply disappeared for long stretches of conference play. For a while there he lost his shot completely, converting 1-for-13 three-point shots in a three game stretch against Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Texas A&M is such a good defensive and rebounding team that they don’t need to score 100 points on any given day to win. However, passing 70 would certainly help. To get there, a little bit of consistency from behind the arc is required. DJ Hogg can be the answer, and when he’s shooting well, the Aggies rarely lose.

Hogg has hit three three-point shots or more in 13 games this season, including three against North Carolina in the Round of 32. Texas A&M is 11-2 in those games. One of their two losses came in the SEC Tournament against Alabama – a game Texas A&M should have won if anyone had bothered to guard Collin Sexton in the final four seconds.

If it’s not Hogg then Admon Gilder, TJ Starks or Tonny Trocha-Morelos needs to step up from the outside. It’s won’t take a perfect performance, but a little bit of help from the Aggie guards will go a long way.