Texas A&M Basketball: 3 takeaways from blowout loss to Michigan in Sweet 16

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3. The NCAA Tournament was the Aggies’ season in miniature

If anyone wanted to understand what it felt like to be a Texas A&M basketball fan this season they need look no further than the Aggies’ final two NCAA Tournament games. Texas A&M began the season short-handed, but absolutely crushed West Virginia (just like they blasted North Carolina) in their opening game. They beat the Mountaineers without Robert Williams and rode that momentum all the way to a No. 5 ranking.

Then everything went south, fast.

Much like the Aggies couldn’t buy a basket against Michigan, Texas A&M proceeded to lose their first five SEC games – and it probably should have been six straight SEC losses. There were moments when this didn’t look like a team worthy of the NCAA Tournament whatsoever. Kind of how they looked against Michigan in the Sweet 16.

Texas A&M is a hard team to fully comprehend. Their ceiling is sky-high, just ask North Carolina, but there floor is well below the basements that don’t exist in Texas.

Coach Billy Kennedy is going to bear the weight of this awful outing on his shoulders, as he should. He’s the only coach in school history to take the Aggies to more than one Sweet 16. He accomplished that in just two years, but somehow he hasn’t curried favor with all of the maroon and white faithful, largely because of games like this.

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Kennedy’s future is uncertain, and there will be more to come on that end, but for now let’s leave it with this: Texas A&M saw the highest of highs and the lowest of lows this season. They just ended on the wrong side of the spectrum when it mattered most.