Texas A&M Basketball has just a short two weeks until their 2019-20 season tips off, but there already seems to be a great deal of doubt in the Aggies.
Texas A&M Basketball should not be entering the 2019-20 season with a great deal of high expectations after a lousy 2018-19 season that saw head coach Billy Kennedy get fired, as the 2019-20 SEC Basketball preseason poll was certainly reflective of that lack of expectations.
For starters, the Aggies were picked to finish 12th out of 14 teams in the Preseason poll. The only teams projected to finish worse than the Aggies are Vanderbilt and Missouri.
The Aggies return a couple of starters, most notably T.J. Starks. Although the Aggies return a good deal of veteran production, zero Aggies were picked to any of the SEC Conference preseason teams.
While the preseason polls don’t matter in the long run, they are voted on and picked by the head coaches of the other teams in the conference, who cannot vote for their own team or players, therefore the Aggies ranking and lack of players voted onto preseason teams is reflective of the Aggies general lack of respect earned from other teams.
Buzz Williams will certainly have a tall task on his hands with this group, as the Aggies have the right coaching staff and are on the right track recruiting-wise, but need to work on their chemistry and offensive production on-court. They have a good deal of talent, but unless some unsung heroes step up, it could be a long season in College Station for the Aggies.
Luckily for the Aggies, the SEC looks to be a very top-heavy conference this season, with Kentucky and Florida being the clear favorites. Teams such as Auburn and Tennessee have the potential to make a run, but the list of premier teams in the SEC is significantly shorter than in previous years, which could lead to a surprisingly productive season for the Aggies if all goes right.
The Aggies will set out to prove the rest of the league wrong in just two weeks when the 2019-20 college hoops season will finally tip off.