Texas A&M Basketball: The Aggies are Headed to NYC

Quenton Jackson, Texas A&M basketball Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Quenton Jackson, Texas A&M basketball Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The Texas A&M basketball team is in the NIT Final Four

Texas A&M basketball is continuing to make its case that it should have been in the NCAA Tournament. After a dominating win over Wake Forest, even the announcers were on board, saying A&M should have been the last four in. After jumping out to a commanding lead the Aggies never took the foot off the gas peddle in an overall dominant effort 67-52.

The Aggies’ offense left a lot to be desired. They had multiple exciting dunks and good transition baskets but only shot 39% from the field, 58% from the free-throw line, and 22% from the three-point line. Wade Taylor IV and Quenton Jackson lead the way for the offense each chipping in 12 points. The offense only finished up with eight assists but on the bright side, they were able to secure 10 offensive rebounds.

Shooting was a bit cold from the three-point line but with suffocating defense and a lot of fast breaks off turnovers the game never was truly close. Texas A&M’s defense tallied 14 steals, created 21 turnovers, and pulled in 31 defensive rebounds. They also contributed by forcing the Demon Deacons to shoot bad/contested shots, as Wake Forest only went 34% from the field and 22% from the three-point line.

Texas A&M’s offense will need to look sharper if the Aggies want to win their next game versus a very good shooting Washington State Cougars team. Washington State is led by their guard Michael Flowers, who averages about 14 points per game and is a 37.6% three-point shooter. Like A&M they play good defense only allowing teams to shoot 30.9% from the three-point line. Washington State likes to shoot the three-ball and if they start heating up from downtown, it does not usually end well for that opposing team.

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Texas A&M vs Washington State will play in Madison Square Garden on 3/29 at 8:30CT. Let’s go Aggies!