Following a hotly contested game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Wednesday night, Texas A&M basketball improved to 19-7 (11-2) on the year, with their only losses coming on the road against Arkansas and Kentucky. As the Aggies continue to rack up high-quality wins, their place in the tournament looks safer and safer.
However, Aggie fans have begun to set their sights even higher. With Alabama’s loss last night to Tennessee marking their first stumble in conference play, Texas A&M basketball now controls its own destiny with regard to winning an SEC title. The Aggies close the year with a contest against the Crimson Tide in Reed Arena—a venue in which they have yet to be defeated this year.
If the Aggies win out—no small ask, as it happens—they would win at least a share of the conference title (assuming Alabama doesn’t lose any more games). If Alabama loses again and A&M doesn’t, then their March 4th contest would be for the outright conference title.
Texas A&M basketball last captured a share of the conference title in 2016, led by current NBA great Alex Caruso and league journeyman Danuel House Jr. The Aggies advanced to the Sweet 16 that year, following one of the most memorable comebacks in tournament history against Northern Iowa.
In a more big-picture look at things, there are few if any teams playing better basketball than the Aggies over the last month or so. If the Ags keep this pace, they could certainly make some noise not only in the conference tournament (just like last year), but could finally break through and be major players in the NCAA tournament. There’s a long way to go, but you have to like how the Aggies have been trending.