March 13, 2008

A&M leaders in a familiar position in KC

Texas A&M is in a position where a first round win in the Big 12 tournament would almost guarantee the Aggies an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Two wins over Iowa State in the first round and Kansas State in the quarterfinals would solidify that bid, but one is sorely needed.

Even though a season ago the Aggies weren't in trouble of missing out in the NCAA tournament, that year was the exception in a recent history of postseason exploits in College Station. Two seasons ago, the Aggies were riding a seven-game win streak and finished fourth in the Big 12 conference, yet a win over fifth place Colorado in the quarterfinals was billed as a play-in game by the national media.

It proved true when the Buffaloes were left out of the field and the Aggies scraped in as a 12-seed after A&M destroyed Colorado by 33 points in the Aggies' only Big 12 tournament victory in school history. That season, the Big 12 was nowhere near as strong as it is this year, but nevertheless the Aggies understand the situation they face Thursday when they play Iowa State.

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