It seems this year there are so many good basketball teams that it is nearly impossible to narrow a field down to 65. In Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology segment on ESPN, he has the Texas A&M Aggies out of the NCAA tournament. I just have to ask, how?
A&M did suffer a tough loss against Tulsa early in the season, but how does that keep them out of the tournament? Outside of that loss, the Aggies have fallen to the likes of Oklahoma State, in a very tough place to play in Gallagher-Iba, a loss to No. 5 Oklahoma by only six points, and a loss to Kansas at Phog Allen. How does that keep any team out of the tournament?
The Aggies also have a big win against then No. 21 Baylor. The Aggies have also beaten Alabama on the road, and Arizona and LSU at home, not to mention their 14-1 start left them only needing six wins to get to 20 wins by the end of the season.
The Aggies finished the season with 24 wins last year and made a nine-seed in the NCAA Tournament; they are a mere nine wins away from that mark this year.
vs. Texas Tech
vs. Oklahoma State
vs. Kansas State
vs. Texas (The Aggies only lost by six at home against Oklahoma)
at Texas Tech
vs. Iowa State
First Round Big XII game
That is 11 more games that should not be tough, outside of the Texas game. If the Aggies can pull an upset in Austin or Norman, they should easily get at least nine more wins. Another evenly matched game would be in the second round of the Big XII Tournament, likely against either Kansas or Baylor.