December 22, 2006

Auburn poses tough road test for Texas A&M

When No. 13 Texas A&M travels to Auburn to face a much-improved Tigers team, the Aggies are in a must-win scenario if they hope for a high seed in the NCAA tournament. Of course, a Big 12 conference championship could take care of all that, but the NCAA tournament selection committee will be looking at quality road wins as a key component.

And for A&M (9-2), this is the last chance they'll have in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

For Auburn (9-3), this is a game that can put them on the national map. They have a ranked team coming into their place, and an upset win over the Aggies could be the resume builder that could put them over the top into the NCAA tournament at the end of the season.

Unfortunately for Auburn, however, the Aggies should hold the advantage at each individual position, but the Tigers play well as a team. Undersized in just about every area, the Tigers use a running offense that scores 77.5 points per game and full court pressure with very quick defenders to neutralize the one-on-one advantages of opponents.

The Aggies, however, have the best defense Auburn has seen, and in their game against Jacksonville they destroyed a full court press and buried Jacksonville defensively. Obviously Auburn has better athletes, but can the Tigers withstand A&M's pressure?

Those questions will be answered at 7 p.m. tonight at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in Auburn.

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