Who are these Aggies? Texas A&M basketball dominates offensively in March Madness

Texas A&M basketball took Nebraska to the woodshed with a dazzling offensive performance in their first game of March Madness.
Mar 22, 2024; Memphis, TN, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies head coach Buzz Williams calls out to his team
Mar 22, 2024; Memphis, TN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies head coach Buzz Williams calls out to his team / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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Second half: Texas A&M basketball

The first four minutes were fast and furious in the second half as well. Nebraska was clearly desperate, trying to draw calls on both sides of the floor and playing more physically, if not more intelligently.

They traded baskets back and forth, and tensions began to boil over very quickly, culminating in double techs on Tominaga and Washington. The first media timeout came with the deficit at 15, but a blocking foul on Garcia—his third—would put the Huskers at the line when the break ended.

The next four minutes were a bit slower as far as scoring, but the specter of foul trouble continued to be the only stain on the game so far for the Ags, as Wade picked up his third as well. Texas A&M basketball had an answer for every time Nebraska tried to claw their way back into the game, matching them and slowly growing the lead with their rebounding and defense. It was a 16-point lead at the second media timeout.

It was Nebraska who began to foul more out of the two teams in the ensuing few minutes. The Huskers were up to 7 fouls in the game by 9:21 left in the contest, when the Aggies had only 5. Boots hit a pair on a one-and-one following 2 made by Henry Coleman to put the Aggies up 21 points, 83-62.

Dominance on defense was the name of the game from there on out. The Aggies were absolutely stifling the Cornhuskers throughout the next few minutes, including a highlight block and recovery by Solomon Washington. They didn't slow down on offense, either, and with just under five minutes to go, the Aggies led by 22.

Nebraska began pressuring the Aggies to try and make a run, but it didn't avail much other than taking advantage of softer interior Aggie defense, as A&M attempted to avoid fouling while they took the air out of the ball. Frustration continued to boil over, as double technicals again were called right before the backups went in.

It was only the backups entering that prevented Texas A&M basketball from cracking 100 points. The final score was 98-83. The Aggies will face the winner of the Houston/Longwood matchup on Sunday.