January 8, 2007

A&M wearing target

The Texas A&M men's basketball team moved into the top 10 once again today as they moved to No. 8 in the AP poll, and with the 69-65 win over Kansas State Saturday at Reed Arena the Aggies felt what it is like to wear a lofty ranking.

A&M basketball is entering a knew era as a team on the national landscape, one of the elite's this season, and with that status comes a huge target on its back in which every team in the Big 12 conference will be gunning.

Teams in the Big 12 are more physical by nature than the majority of non-conference opponents from smaller conferences, but with the Aggies drawing rankings and expectations teams left on their schedule will bring their A-game every time they see the maroon and white on the other bench. The Aggies are now a team that could prove to be a statement win, especially when the tournament selection committee is focusing on bubble teams for the NCAA tournament.

Kansas State proved that Saturday. Don't get me wrong, however. The Wildcats are a very good team in their own right and will be force in the Big 12 this season and a team that will be on the bubble for the NCAA tournament until proven otherwise.

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