Now that the Big 12 basketball season is over, we will take a look back at all of the conference teams to see where they were, and where they’re going. Today we’ll look at the Texas A&M Aggies.
2010-11 Record: 24-9
Big 12 Conference Record (Standing): 10-6 (tied for 3rd)
Our Preseason Predictions:
Joe: 8th in the Big 12
Evan: 7th in the Big 12
Matt: 8th in the Big 12
Season MVP: Khris Middleton (Sophomore)
Khris Middleton had a great year this season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while landing on the Second Team All Big 12 Squad. What I hope to see from Middleton next year, though, is a 40-minute game. There were times (the Missouri and Colorado games come to mind) where he would seemingly take not just plays, but halves off. For one half he'd be the best player on the court, but for the other, you wouldn't even know he was in the game.
I don't mean to go off on a guy while crowning him Team MVP, but if Middleton could put together 30 full games next season, we might have ourselves the conference Player of the Year.
I'll be honest. The Texas A&M Aggies are sneaky good. Sneaky in the fact that you don't expect them to dominate the league the way they do, and good in the sense that All They Do Is Win. They don't have the recruiting classes of a Texas, the history of a Kansas or the media hype of a Mizzou, but they win ballgames. And really, that's what fans, alumni and the school wants to see.
If they were cast in a movie, they'd be the studious girl in the library who inevitably takes off her glasses and lets her hair down to reveal a stunning beauty. You never see it coming, but once it's revealed, you don't know why it wasn't obvious from the get-go.
The Aggies lose their starting point guard, B.J. Holmes, and their glue, Nathan Walkup, to graduation, but have two Rivals 150 recruits coming in, PG Jamal Branch and SG Jordan Green. I again suspect that with in-state rivals Texas bringing in top tier recruits, and Baylor returning Perry Jones III, that A&M will again fly under the radar. I also suspect that they will again slowly, and methodically march on up the standings, winning games - probably by a basket or two - and taking the conference by surprise once again.
See our schedule for Season Recaps after The Jump.
Tuesday, April 5 Baylor Season Recap
Wednesday, April 6 Colorado Season Recap
Thursday, April 7 Iowa State Season Recap
Friday, April 8 Kansas Season Recap
Monday, April 11 K-State Season Recap
Tuesday, April 12 Mizzou Season Recap
Wednesday, April 13 Nebraska Season Recap
Thursday, April 14 Oklahoma Season Recap
Friday, April 15 Oklahoma State Season Recap
Monday, April 18 Texas Tech Season Recap
Tuesday, April 19 Texas A&M Season Recap
Wednesday, April 20 Texas Season Recap