Texas A&M basketball: Aggies face powerhouse in First Four in latest bracket prediction

If this prediction comes to pass, Texas A&M basketball will face a tall task to make the field of 64.
Feb 13, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Buzz Williams talks with
Feb 13, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Buzz Williams talks with / Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M basketball: Katz predicts Aggies to barely make tourney, face off against hoops powerhouse

It’s not that hard to figure out that Texas A&M basketball has fallen on some rough times here recently. They appeared to have things somewhat figured out after a huge win over Tennessee, but an upset loss to Vandy and embarrassing blowout against Alabama later, the Aggie Hoops team is again sweating out whether they will make the tournament.

For the moment, they are still predicted to end up in the Big Dance, however. Joe Lunardi, though still not exactly a favorite of Texas A&M basketball fans, continues to predict the Aggies as part of the field despite the latest bumps along the road.

Another prognosticator that has the Aggies in the field is Andy Katz of Turner Sports. Though they make the initial cut, however, the Aggies would be facing an uphill battle. According to Katz, the Aggies would be in a First Four game, the winner of which would secure an 11 seed and face off against Utah State.

Texas A&M basketball’s opponent in Katz’s prediction? The Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Ags and Bulldogs haven’t played since a Battle 4 Atlantis game in the 2015-2016 season, where now-Sacramento Kings star Domantas Sabonis fouled out for the Zags en route to A&M pulling off the upset.

This would be quite a big ask for the Aggies if things were to play out this way. Mark Few’s team currently sits at 23 in the NET rankings, dragged down by a 1-5 record in Quad 1 games but nearly spotless in Quads 2-4. For contrast, the Aggies are 45 in the NET.

The Zags are fresh off of an upset win at Rupp Arena versus Kentucky, who the Aggies needed overtime to beat at home. This would be a perilous matchup for Texas A&M basketball if it were to play out this way, to say the least.

A&M still has a chance to improve their seeding in these last few games, but it will take more cohesion and consistency than they have previously shown themselves to be capable of. If they fail to do so, they will face a fight to make the tournament—or possibly drop out altogether.