March 12, 2007

A&M gets tough draw in NCAA opening weekend

Texas A&M didn't have to sweat the NCAA tournament selection process this season as it did a year ago when they entered as a No. 12 seed. This season, however, the Aggies were hurt by a Big 12 tournament quarterfinal loss to Oklahoma State that dropped A&M to a No. 3 seed in the South region.

But that seeding could potentially pay off big if the Aggies are able to navigate the first two rounds of the tournament to make the Sweet 16. A&M would be playing just a few hours from College Station in San Antonio for a chance to make the Final Four.

But first A&M has a very formidable challenge in store during the first weekend as they have to travel to Lexington, Ken. Even though A&M is the highest seed in its four-team pod, sixth-seeded Louisville holds the home-court advantage as Lexington is just 77 miles from Louisville.

With a strong fan base, the Cardinals are certain to have an overpowering vocal majority at Rupp Arena.

Louisville, however, has a first round match up that is definitely no walk in the park. No. 11 seed Stanford has had an impressive season and is huge in the middle with freshmen twins Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez. The two 7-footers give the Cardinal as much size as anyone in the tournament.

No. 14 seed Penn will be A&M's first round opponent Thursday at 2:10 p.m.

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