What's next for Texas A&M basketball after SEC tournament loss to Florida?

Where do the Aggies go after failing to reach the SEC tournament finals? Will Texas A&M basketball make the NCAA tournament?
Texas A&M Aggies guard Wade Taylor IV (4) goes to the ground after being fouled by Florida
Texas A&M Aggies guard Wade Taylor IV (4) goes to the ground after being fouled by Florida / Denny Simmons / The Tennessean / USA

Texas A&M basketball falters after huge lead; what's next for the Aggies?

Texas A&M basketball took a painful loss to Florida today in the SEC Tournament semifinals. Despite the Aggies leading by nearly 20 in the first half, the Gators cut the deficit to single digits by halftime, and it wasn't long before they took the lead themselves. There was some seesawing back and forth after the Aggies made their own run, but the Gators were ultimately triumphant.

What's next for the Aggies? Did they ruin their chance at an NCAA tournament bid? Not for my money. I think yesterday's win over Kentucky was enough to keep the Aggies in the tournament field come announcement time tomorrow—and that's even with bid-stealing Temple pulling off the upset in the American championship over FAU.

To wit, Joe Lunardi's most recent Bracketology doesn't even have the Aggies listed on the bubble. If you go by his line of thinking, the Ags are safely in the field, no matter what happens in championship games tomorrow.

What can Texas A&M basketball expect on Selection Sunday?

If Lunardi is correct, and the Aggies are safely in the tourney, where can we expect to see them? What seed will Texas A&M basketball get? Most projections at the moment would have the Maroon and White nabbing one of the 10-seed spots when it comes time to announce the field tomorrow.

The Aggies' strength of schedule, especially in the non-conference, will be a big player here. Another thing buoying the case for Texas A&M basketball is their 7 Quad 1 wins—an extremely tough mark to reach.

If the Aggies get the 10-seed, they will match up with a 7-seed. Given some projections, that means Texas A&M basketball may, in fact, see an old foe in the first round—one who wears burnt orange. If that comes to pass, you can bet that it will be one of the most-watched first round games in years.