After a hectic weekend containing a super-fun sellout win over #24 Kentucky and the discipline of Jay Jay Chandler (indefinitely suspended) and JJ Caldwell (removed from the program), Aggie Hoops is keeping the news train rolling.
First the good news: We’re back in the rankings
More to get.— Texas A&M Basketball (@aggiembk) February 12, 2018
Back in the rankings for Week 15's @AP_Top25 #DoMore #12thMan pic.twitter.com/3KNrdUyHac
We also picked up a nifty ‘Team of the Week’ award, which doesn’t count for much in terms of substance, but is a nice recognition of our resurgence on a national scale.
The @NBCSports Team of the Week was a little bit more difficult to decide on, but I think @aggiembk is the right pick. https://t.co/VVEwjd3rzl— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 12, 2018
And finally, TJ Starks picked up SEC Freshman of the Week honors
2 big games, 2 wins.@teedino_ is your @sec Freshman of the Week!— Texas A&M Basketball (@aggiembk) February 12, 2018
Release: https://t.co/sTfiWbQpgO#DoMore #12thMan pic.twitter.com/mbARLicJu4
Unfortunately... the good news train ends here. Something we all feared was confirmed this morning, as Duane Wilson announced that his collegiate career has been cut short due to injury.
Never wanted to go out like this, unfortunately my college career is over. I’m devastated I can’t be on the floor with my brothers and that my best year of my college career is cut short. I’ve experienced a lot in these 5 years of college. It’s a sad time right now, but I’ll be back. This is just a blessing in a disguise. God has a plan for me. Thank you Marquette and Texas A&M for everything. I’m very thankful to be apart of two great programs. Best believe we still going to the Final 4. I know my brothers gone hold it down for me. Love y’all.
When Wilson came off the floor on Saturday, he walked right under our seats... and he was just openly sobbing into his jersey. This guy continued to play hard for this program with a partially torn ACL, and it was clear how much his collegiate career meant to him.
Best of luck at the next level, Duane. And even though you were only here for a year, you left a huge, positive mark on this program. Get well soon.
Next up is a tough road game at Mizzou tomorrow night, where the BPI (a computer program who loves us dearly) still only gives us a 33% chance to win. Given that we just lost three reserve guards in 24 hours, those odds do not seem likely to improve. We’ll need a special effort from a thin rotation to pull this one out.