Not long after halftime against Missouri, where the Aggies had headed to the locker room after opening up a 13-point lead, things once again began to get uncomfortably close for Texas A&M basketball. Aggie hoops had held the Tigers scoreless for almost eight minutes near the end of the first half, but it seemed like Missouri couldn’t miss coming out of the locker room, cutting the lead to as few as four points.
As it turns out, that’s as close as the Tigers would get. Though star Wade Taylor had something of a quiet game (by his standards, at least), it was Tyrece Radford who led the charge against the Tigers. Boots poured in 22 points, with Taylor adding 18 and Jace Carter notching 12 points of his own. Andersson Garcia continued his stellar all-around play, grabbing 16 rebounds to go along with 7 points and 5 assists.
It had been far too long since the Aggies had been able to get a dominant win in this fashion. The last time they played Missouri, it was far too close for almost the whole second half, with the Ags eventually triumphing by 6 points. In other words, this was quite a welcome development.
All of a sudden, you look up and see that the Aggies have won four of their past five and five of their past seven games, with the two losses coming by a combined four points and both on last-second shots by the opposition. Of course, the point could also be made that too many of those wins were by very small margins, but let’s be glass-half-full for the moment.
The Aggies are now on a two-game win streak, matching their longest in conference play. Making it three will be a tough ask, as a top-10 Tennessee team rolls into Reed this Saturday. Texas A&M basketball fans show out for big games like this, so I have no doubt that this will be a raucous environment that the Aggies will be able to feed off of. Against the Volunteers, they’ll need some big performances, especially out of #4.
This is likely the biggest game of the season for the Aggies. They have two tough Q1 contests on the road against the Tide and the Volunteers to round out the month, so getting this win is of paramount importance.