March 18, 2008
A&M hopes inconsistencies of past are gone
Throughout the season, Texas A&M has been inconsistent. It's been a rollercoaster ride to watch the Aggies hit some high followed by other lows. It's been that same mind-boggling experience for A&M's players and coaches.
In Kansas City, however, things began to change for the Aggies in the Big 12 tournament. Despite having to face three North division teams with hefty amounts of fan support at the Sprint Center, A&M beat Iowa State and Kansas State before falling in the final minute to Kansas in the semifinals.
That stretch of basketball has given the Aggies a momentum they haven't had in a long time at the right time of the season as they prepare to face BYU in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.
"The guys feel good about themselves because they went to a tough environment. It was a road game against Iowa State, definitely a road game against K-State and then a heck of a road game against KU," said A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "We had two good wins and then we played against a no. 1 seed that played really well and we kept hanging around to be right there at the end, so the guys feel pretty good about themselves. It doesn't always show up in wins and losses, but we continue to get better. We're playing the way we need to play and we overcame a lot of adversity this weekend."
With a week remaining in the season, the Aggies had their backs against the wall with a road trip to Baylor coming up in Waco. A&M came out strong, and earned the win that many look back as the game that most likely put the Aggies in the NCAA tournament. Since that game, the Aggies have lost twice. Both losses came to Kansas, who is a no. 1 seed in the Midwest region of the NCAA tournament.
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