SEC Basketball Schedule Heating Up; Which Are the Biggest Matchups for the Conference and Texas A&M Basketball?
Now four games into the conference slate for the SEC, a hierarchy is starting to take shape. There's your clear leaders in the conference (Tennessee and Kentucky) and bottom feeders (Vanderbilt). There are unexpected risers—South Carolina chief among them—and teams of whom great things were expected that have not quite been up to snuff, such as Arkansas.
Texas A&M basketball could certainly fall in that latter category. The Aggies are a team that has not lived up to their preseason ranking thus far: losses to Memphis, Arkansas, and FAU hurt. They are buoyed by wins over Iowa State and Kentucky, but the Aggies have been shockingly up and down for a team with so much experience.
Injuries haven't helped the Aggies' cause. Tyrece Radford, a key cog in Buzz Williams's squad, has missed significant time. Henry Coleman has been on and off the court. Though not due to injury, it's looking less and less like Julius Marble will make an appearance on the hardwood for the Ags this year.
Still, you can see the potential with this Aggie team. They crash the offensive glass like nobody's business. The shot-making from Taylor and Radford (and, at times, Coleman) is unbelievable. They could go a long way if they catch fire.
That's a big if, however. Casting an eye around the conference shows that they have plenty of challenges ahead, including a pair at home this week. There are a couple of key tests for all of the top teams in conference this week, in fact. Let's take a look at the three biggest games in the conference and how they affect Texas A&M basketball.