Dancing! Texas A&M basketball bags a 9 seed in NCAA Tournament, will face Nebraska

After a rollercoaster season, Texas A&M basketball made it in the tournament after all.

Texas A&M Aggies guard Tyrece Radford (23) acknowledges a teammates assist against the Florida
Texas A&M Aggies guard Tyrece Radford (23) acknowledges a teammates assist against the Florida / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA

Texas A&M basketball makes the NCAA tournament as 9 seed after whirlwind season; Aggies will face off against Nebraska in 8-9 matchup

After weeks of wondering and projections, Texas A&M basketball finally has their answer. The Aggies, coming off the most up-and-down season imaginable, will indeed be in the NCAA tournament, as was announced on Selection Sunday.

No doubt thanks to this recent five-game win streak, which included their second victory of the season over Kentucky, the Aggies moved up off of the bubble and, consequently, up a few seed lines. The Ags bagged a nine seed, and will face off in the first round against the eighth-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The Huskers are coached by Fred Hoiberg, who has spent time as the head man at Iowa State, where he went to college, as well as a stint with the Bulls. They are 23-10 and ranked 33rd in the NET rankings (the Aggies are ranked 45th, for reference). They boast a win over Purdue on their resume, but have lost to Rutgers, Minnesota, and Maryland.

This is the second straight year that Texas A&M basketball has made the NCAA tournament. Last year, as a 7 seed, they ran into a red-hot Penn State team and lost in the first round. This year, the hope is that it is the Aggies who are the hot team, especially with some of the shooting we've recently seen out of Wade Taylor and Manny Obaseki.

This is a more favorable matchup for the Aggies than if they had stayed down on the 10 line, obviously. The 8/9 game is usually viewed as essentially a coin flip, as they are clearly between teams whose resumes are extremely similar.

If the Ags are able to take down the Cornhuskers, a challenge awaits them—but not an unfamiliar one. The winner of the 8/9 game, of course, draws the winner of the 1/16 game (so almost certainly the 1 seed). The 1 seed in Texas A&M basketball's region? The Houston Cougars, who beat the Aggies by only four points at home earlier this year.

Congrats to Wade, Boots, Garcia, and all the rest. They've worked hard this year, and it can't have been easy. Props to them for pulling things together down the stretch, and now they have a chance to show their stuff on the biggest of stages.