Last season, the Texas A&M Aggies just couldn’t get a big win in the SEC. They went into their first ever season of SEC play with a 12-3 record, but couldn’t beat the mid-level SEC teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers. There was a short time where they were considered on the bubble for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but that fell through around mid-January after a four game losing streak.
This season, things are not going to go well for the Aggies. Although picked in the preseason media poll to finish ninth in the conference, both the South Carolina Gamecocks and Mississippi State Bulldogs potentially have the talent to be better than Texas A&M.
Their non-conference schedule is one of the worst of any team in a major conference in the country. The best team they face in non-conference play is the Oklahoma Sooners, and the Sooners are picked to finish seventh in the Big 12. A weak non-conference schedule won’t cut it in a competitive SEC.
Another negative for the Aggies is that they don’t have one of the best shooters in the country last season, Elston Turner, anymore. Fabyon Harris returns, but that doesn’t mean much when you look at their supporting cast of players. The only returning player next to Harris that averaged more than six points per game is J-Mychal Reese.
All in all, Texas A&M is going to need multiple players to step up if they are to exceed expectations. Sophomore guard Alex Caruso is one player that has the potential to transform this team from being one-dimensional with Harris to a competitor against the mid-level teams in the SEC.
Expect the Aggies to do extremely well in non-conference play and possibly go undefeated, but flounder early in SEC play. While the mid-level teams of the SEC have improved in the offseason, Texas A&M hasn’t, and that will reflect in their final record.