The Aggies are capable of ruining the dreams of about 60 other teams throughout the four regions even without Derrick Roland. With their second leading scorer done for the year following a terrible leg injury, David Sloan has carried this team to the tournament.
Sloan is the best player for Coach Mark Turgeon, and his guards are the strength of the team. B.J. Holmes is the first option off the bench and makes his living on the perimeter knocking down threes from anywhere on the court.
Bryan Davis gives them some muscle in the paint and is their best defender grabbing about eight rebounds and blocking almost two shots per game.
Working in the Aggies favor is the preparation they’ll have thanks to the extremely difficult schedule, including 10 games against top 25 teams during the regular season, and once again against Kansas in the Big 12 tournament.
If the game becomes a free throw shooting contest, Texas A&M would be at a disadvantage.
This Aggies team is a big time sleeper in the tourney because of their ability to drain threes and display responsible guard play.
Even though the battle-tested Texas A&M team is tough, I don’t think they’ve faced a team that will launch three-pointers without hesitation and can close a team out with fantastic free throw shooting, like Utah State.
What I like most about coach Stew Morril’s team is the balance of scoring he gets from his top seven.
The Winner is……
The Aggies. It's my free "triple-double, winner-winner chicken-dinner, slam-dunk, bet the farm" L-O-C-K. Better yet, I guarantee it 100 percent!
Wow, what are the chances of almost 50 percent of the teams in the 5-12 matchups with the same team name?
Not only that, but the South region will feature the Aggies versus Aggies.
Actually, I think it will be the Utah State Aggies pulling off the upset and continuing the trend and mystique of the 12-5 matchup. Both of their marksmen from three-point range, Brian Green and Jared Quayle, and even Pooh Williams, catch fire and shock their opponent early Friday evening.