3 reasons Texas A&M basketball topples top-seeded Houston Cougars in March Madness

Here's why Texas A&M basketball can pull off a major upset over the Houston Cougars and advance to the Sweet Sixteen in March Madness.

Dec 16, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies forward Solomon Washington (13) shoots the
Dec 16, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies forward Solomon Washington (13) shoots the / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
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How Texas A&M basketball beats Houston: Wade Taylor nearly beat them by himself last time

In the previous game against the Houston Cougars, the Aggies scored 66 points. 34 of those came from Wade Taylor.

Yes, you read that right. Thirty-four of the sixty-six points against the nation's top defense came from one man.

This is back before it started to look like Wade was wearing down. He has since regained his form, but there has been much less of a need for him to put the team on his back quite like he did in this game or in the first matchup against Arkansas, where he scored 40.

This was a solo effort, through and through. But it had to be. Tyrece Radford did not play against the Cougars, and recently-emerging superstar Manny Obaseki only logged 9 total minutes—and 0 total points.

No other player for Texas A&M basketball recorded even ten points. Jace Carter and Hayden Hefner each notched 7 points.

I see this matchup going quite differently for the Aggies. Wade is back to where he was, like I said, but adding Boots and this current version of Manny changes the calculus for this game significantly. This three-headed monster at guard is different than anything the Cougars have seen this season—and it just might be enough to put the Ags over the top.