3 Biggest SEC Basketball Games this Week and How They Affect Texas A&M Basketball

With conference play having begun in earnest, here's a look at the biggest game this week and how Texas A&M basketball figures in.

Jan 20, 2024; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers guard K.D. Johnson (0) gets tangled up with
Jan 20, 2024; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers guard K.D. Johnson (0) gets tangled up with / John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
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MISS @ TAMU, Saturday, 7:30 CT

Following the aforementioned shellacking, Ole Miss, who had broken onto the scene this year like gangbusters under the leadership of former Texas coach Chris Beard, dropped out of the AP Poll. The Aggies, on the other hand, are trying to fight their way back in after an 11-7 start.

Ole Miss is 12-0 against Quad 3 and 4 teams, which have made up the larger part of their schedule thus far. They are 2-1 against Quad 2 competition, and 1-2 against Quad 1.

Ole Miss is led by Matthew Murrell, their leading scorer at almost 17 points per game. Auburn transfer Allen Flanigan is a name for the Rebels that longtime Texas A&M basketball fans will be familiar with.

The big question in this one is twofold: 1) will Wade Taylor have an "on" game or an "off" game? and 2) if Taylor is on, how much can the Rebels limit the contribution from the other Aggies (namely, Tyrece Radford)?

This would be another feather in the cap of the Aggies if they were to win, even though Ole Miss isn't a Quad 1 team. This is the type of team you should be able to handle easily at home (much like Auburn did) if you are a serious contender, as A&M hopes to be.

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