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SEC Basketball: Texas A&M boosts tournament resume with huge win

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 05: Tyler Davis
PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 05: Tyler Davis /

The Texas A&M Aggies bolstered their profile with a huge road win against Auburn. What did this win teach us about the Aggies?

Texas A&M is a fascinating team this season. The Aggies were one of the nation’s highest-ranked teams after an impeccable 11-1 start. However, they dropped seven of their next nine games and found themselves sitting on the bubble.

Although, the Aggies have rebounded well after this rough stretch. They are in the midst of a three-game win streak and currently own a 16-8 record. Most recently, the Aggies secured an excellent win at Auburn, which is the country’s eighth-ranked team.

Texas A&M dominated Auburn on the glass and toppled the Tigers with a 81-80 win on Wednesday. The Aggies snared 33 rebounds to Auburn’s 22. They had a distinct size advantage and utilized it throughout the game. Robert Williams and Tyler Davis thrived for A&M and were a problematic duo for Auburn all night.

In addition to the frontcourt, Texas A&M’s backcourt was outstanding. TJ Starks led the Aggies in scoring with a career-best 23 points. Also, guards Admon Gilder and Duane Wilson combined for 20 points and each made clutch plays down the stretch.

Moreover, A&M proved they will be a tough out in March.

The Aggies’ frontcourt is big and athletic, and Williams and Davis play well together. The two big men are unselfish and have solid chemistry. Additionally, their two-man game in the post is a nightmare for undersized opponents like Auburn.

The Aggies’ backcourt is solid as well. Gilder (11.6 ppg) and junior swingman DJ Hogg (11.5 ppg) are both capable scorers. Starks is a potentially high-volume scorer as evidenced by this performance against Auburn.  Duane Wilson exhibits steady leadership and the ability to facilitate the offense.

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The Aggies play great defense, they have a pair of dynamic big men, and they spread the ball on offense. While they may have been a bubble team entering Wednesday’s game, they added a statement win to their resume. Furthermore, the Aggies demonstrated why they will be a frightening draw on Selection Sunday.