Texas A&M welcomed the 11th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers to Reed Arena in a massive Tuesday night SEC Basketball game. Having won their last five games, Head Coach Buzz Williams has his Aggies believing they can beat anybody in the country. Texas A&M held Tennessee defensively, forcing the Volunteers without a threat to win on Tuesday night. With a conference of fourteen members, Tennessee is near the top in terms of most frustrating to watch. Tennessee does not produce offensive numbers, leaving Tennessee without crucial points on the scoreboard needed to win games.
Despite the game between Tennessee and Texas A&M going down to the final possession, Tennessee could not afford to have lost that game tonight. Just a week ago, it was Tennessee; who had all the momentum after beating Alabama at Thompson Boiling Arena and having a lot of swagger heading into their matchup with Kentucky on Saturday. In that game with Kentucky, Tennessee showed a little fight in the second half; it wasn’t enough as Kentucky cruised to an easy win over the Volunteers. On Tuesday night against the Aggies from Texas A&M, Tennessee fouled too much and fell back into the dark hole of zero offensive production from anybody on the roster.
Tennessee had Zakai Zeigler and Santiago Vescovi with fourteen points each.
Tennessee will welcome South Carolina to Knoxville on Saturday.
For Texas A&M, the Aggies have been a consistently good basketball team all season. They aren’t a flashy bunch, but Head Coach Buzz Williams has his Aggies in second place in the Southeastern Conference and within striking distance of Alabama. Texas A&M has been one of the most underappreciated teams in the Southeastern Conference this season. Tuesday night in College Station, a raucous crowd near capacity crowd at Reed Arena provided the 12th-man advantage as they cheered A&M on to a massive 68-63 win over Tennessee. Texas A&M defeated Tennessee by getting to the free-throw line and forcing Tennessee into foul trouble. A&M went 28-34 from the charity stripe for an easy 24 points.
Texas A&M also played behind an impressive game from Wade Taylor IV, who led the Aggies with 25 points.
Texas A&M will hit the road again on Saturday as they travel to Starkville, Mississippi, to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.