Texas A&M basketball ranked 15th in the preseason
The preseason AP rankings for college basketball dropped today, and Texas A&M basketball was included in the top group. The Aggies come in at number 15 out of the 25 schools in the rankings, good for third in the SEC behind Tennessee and Arkansas and second in the state behind the University of Houston.
Buzz Williams’s squad is looking to have one of the biggest years in the program’s history, as it seems like almost all the pieces are coming together. Last year saw an extremely impressive record put together by Texas A&M basketball, crowned by the final regular season win over a top-3 Alabama squad headlined by the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, Brandon Miller. Though the Aggies lost to Alabama and Miller in the SEC Championship and drew a tough hand in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the program’s arrow is clearly pointed up.
Texas A&M basketball returns all of their starting five save Dexter Dennis (who jumped to the league and seems to have a foothold in the Mavericks organization). That includes preseason first-team all-SEC point guard Wade Taylor IV, who really broke out during the latter half of the previous year.
The Aggies will open their season with an exhibition against Texas Tech on October 29, followed by their first official game of the year against TAMU-Commerce on November 6. Other schedule highlights include a chance at redemption vs. Penn State after falling to the Nittany Lions in the first round of the tournament as well as a trip to Charlottesville to face UVA as part of the ACC-SEC challenge. Texas A&M basketball, who has started off slowly under Buzz Williams, will have a gauntlet early to help justify this preseason ranking—or maybe this will be another year where they fly under the radar until late.