Texas A&M basketball finally gets back on track against Georgia

It still might be too little, too late, but we saw better stuff out of Texas A&M basketball in Athens today.

Mar 2, 2024; Athens, Georgia, USA; Texas A&M Aggies guard Jace Carter (0) tries to hold a
Mar 2, 2024; Athens, Georgia, USA; Texas A&M Aggies guard Jace Carter (0) tries to hold a / Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas A&M basketball hoping that gritty victory at Georgia will spark successful stretch run

It wasn’t a masterpiece by Texas A&M basketball star Wade Taylor, but the Aggies somehow pulled out a win against the Georgia Bulldogs. It was defense and heady play by fellow guard Tyrece Radford that buoyed the Aggies down the stretch, finally separating from the plucky Bulldogs in the final moments to win 70-56.

A surprise offensive force for the Aggies in this one was Manny Obaseki. The former highly-rated recruit has not exactly shown an aptitude for offense so far in his time in College Station, but he showed a superb ability to cut, spin, and shoot in this one. If he becomes reliable offensively, it would help this squad tremendously.

It was the defense primarily, however, that ultimately got the Aggies the win. 41 of the 65 Bulldog shots came from three-point range, which is exactly what the Aggies wanted. Georgia came into this game shooting in the mid-30s as a team from 3, and the Aggies held them to under 25%.

Things weren’t much better from 2 for the Bulldogs, however, only shooting 32.3%. Garcia and Washington were absolute forces on the defensive end. As a team, the Aggies combined for 9 steals and 6 blocks, and were just under their average at 17 offensive rebounds.

Two games remain for Texas A&M basketball in the regular season. A home game against Mississippi State is on the docket for Wednesday, and the Ags will close things out on the road in Oxford next Saturday. Like I’ve said, it could very well be too little, too late for the Aggies’ tournament hopes. Whether or not that is the case, however, it is doubtless the case that, if Texas A&M basketball had lost this one, there’s nothing short of winning the SEC tournament that would have had them dancing this March.

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