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Texas A&M Aggies

by Curtis Claassen | March 14th, 2010

Good wins: Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State, Clemson (neutral), at Missouri

Bad losses: none 

Strengths

Coaching: Mark Turgeon and his Aggies are one of the most successful programs in the country that no one talks about. They will be making their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon’s team has advanced past the first round in each of the past two seasons. Overall, Texas A&M will be making its fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and achieved its sixth consecutive 20-win season.

Donald Sloan and Bryan Davis: Together, these two players make up a good one-two combo for the Aggies. Sloan, a senior guard, is the leader and go-to man on the team. He averaged 18 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in the regular season. Davis is the man in the middle and averaged 9.8 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.  

Weaknesses

Offense: Plain and simple, overall the Aggies are offensively challenged. They only averaged 71 points per game in the regular season, shot 44.2 percent from the field, 65.7 percent from the free-throw line, 33.6 percent from three, and averaged just 12.2 assists. The only good stat on offense for Texas A&M is it turned the ball over only 12.2 times a game.  

Other factors: The Aggies resume is very good. Their RPI (11) and strength of schedule (6) should allow them to get a pretty high seed in the NCAA Tournament. They also have a good amount of quality wins and no bad losses all year. They should be a five or six seed in the tournament. 

NCAA Tournament prediction: Second Round. This would be the third consecutive year the Aggies would get knocked out in the second round. They are fundamentally sound and play pretty good defense, which should allow them to be safe in the first round. But their poor offensive numbers speak for themselves and anything past the second round would be a stretch.

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