The Texas A&M basketball team kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive

Buzz Williams, Texas A&M basketball Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
Buzz Williams, Texas A&M basketball Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M basketball team had one of the roughest stretches in college basketball earlier this season, losing eight straight conference games and quickly exiting the NCAA Tournament conversation. But just when you thought Buzz Williams’ squad was down and out, the Aggies are bouncing back.

Texas A&M has now won three of its last four games with two winnable contests to finish off their regular season.

If the Aggies are able to get some convincing wins soon, they could re-enter the conversation. On Saturday, A&M took care of business by defeating a middle-tier SEC team in Ole Miss by double digits. Here’s how that went down.

Tyrece Radford showed that he can be a force for the Texas A&M basketball team

I’d like to start with an apology. In my article detailing the Aggies’ three best performers in 2021-22 so far, I left out Tyrece Radford. Heck, maybe he read my article, as he looked like a man possessed against Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon.

Radford would finish the game with 19 points in a contest that saw Texas A&M dominate Ole Miss. The Aggies looked like a much better team.

The Aggie guard didn’t just rack up scoring totals from three-point range, either — he only attempted three three-pointers on the night, scoring on two of them. He was getting inside of the arch, knocking down six two-point buckets.

He did virtually everything a player could do with a stat line that showcased seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. But he wasn’t the only one performing at a high level.

The Aggies also got strong performances out of Hassan Diarra, Henry Coleman, and Quenton Jackson, a trio that would combine for 33 points. Coleman and Jackson would also combine for five steals, a category where A&M saw massive success against the Rebels.

In total, A&M created 12 turnovers, a total that won’t necessarily pop off of the page. That said, they only turned the ball over nine times themselves. Winning the turnover margin might not be the most attractive stat, but it goes a long way for a team that took a while to develop chemistry this season.

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The Aggies aren’t even close to making the NCAA Tournament yet, but they’re on their way. If A&M can win out, we might be having a whole new conversation in March.