Texas A&M basketball draws another hot 3-point shooting team in Nebraska

Hopefully this year's result for Texas A&M basketball isn't a repeat of Penn State in 2023.

Mar 16, 2024; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Keisei Tominaga (30) reacts after his
Mar 16, 2024; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Keisei Tominaga (30) reacts after his / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Can Texas A&M basketball knock off the hot-shooting Nebraska Cornhuskers?

There's no question that the biggest weaknesses, over the course of the season, for Texas A&M basketball have had to do with the three-point line. I phrase it that way intentionally, as the Aggies have not only struggled to hit threes, but to defend against them as well.

This is a feature of the way Buzz coaches defense, of course: no one drives baseline, crash when the ball gets into the lane, etc. But all that helping and rotating down that the Aggies do often leaves the back side of the defense open for a three point attempt, and when you have capable passers or the ability to quickly swing the ball around the perimeter, that can spell trouble for the Ags. It's what sunk them against Florida, for example.

Now, in all fairness, the Aggies have been a lot better on both of these fronts as of late. That's relatively speaking, of course—they are still 201st in the nation in three-point defense, and a dreadful 344th in three-point percentage at 28.43%. However, they have exceeded that mark in four of their last five games, including shooting 50% from beyond the arc against Ole Miss in the final contest of the regular season.

Their tournament draw, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, are a different story. The Huskers rank 80th in both three point percentage for their team and for what they allow from opponents. Their two point field goal percentage allowed is good for 16th in the nation, so the Aggies will have their work cut out for them.

Senior guard Kesei Tominaga is a prolific weapon for Nebraska. He hits 37.2% of his three pointers on over 6 attempts per game. He is also shooting nearly 59% from 2, but only takes 5 per game. Charlotte transfer Brice Williams, their second leading scorer, hits 39.2% from beyond the arc, but takes just under four a game.

This won't be an easy out for the Aggies, but Texas A&M basketball has felled far tougher opponents over the course of the season. In my book, this will come down to the shooting of Manny Obaseki. Over this previous stretch, his improved offensive threat has opened up more opportunities for Wade and Boots, who have taken full advantage.