The Texas A&M Aggies have played extremely well in the SEC during their first season since the move from the Big 12, despite being the “little brother” to the legitimate threat transfer, the Missouri Tigers. At 12-7, the Aggies have a real chance at making the NCAA tournament at this point in the season. On Wednesday, January 30th, Texas A&M take on the resurgent Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs were lost in the crowd after critical injuries devastated the beginning of the season. Many count this team off as one of the worst in the SEC, especially after North Carolina destroyed Mississippi State early in the season. However, now that (in my opinion one of the best players in the SEC) Jalen Steele is back from injury, the Bulldogs are a completely different team. Bad news.
Texas A&M have one weakness that was openly on display in the recent loss to Georgia – good point guards. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope absolutely ran riot throughout the Aggie defense, and Steele will do the same. Elston Turner has to score at a rate high enough to offset the points that the Mississippi State defense gives up.
However, a loss to a team that has no shot at the NCAA tournament (albeit a miracle run in the SEC tournament) will mean the end of Texas A&M’s NCAA tournament hopes. This is a must-win game for the Aggies and will prove if they deserve any recognition other than being “the other team that transferred to the SEC with Missouri.”