Well, it happened. Thanks to the heartless bastards who call themselves college basketball coaches, the Aggies are ranked. The USA Today Coaches Poll that was released this morning has Texas A&M at #25, one spot behind TCU. The Ags climbed nine spots this week to crack the top 25 on the heels of a win at home against Auburn and a road victory at LSU on Saturday night. A&M currently sits at 18-7 on the year with a 10-2 record in the SEC.
Next up for Texas A&M is a Wednesday night rematch against Arkansas, who knocked off the Ags 81-70 in Fayetteville just two weeks ago. After a tough start to conference play, the Razorbacks have recovered to by winning 5 of their last 7 to get back to .500 in the SEC. The game tips off from Reed Arena at 8:00 PM on Wednesday night and will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
The Aggies last received a ranking in either poll back in November when the AP slotted Buzz Williams’s team at #24. After the Ags promptly lost two of three games the following week at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, there has been a tongue-in-cheek trend amongst Aggie basketball fans begging the powers that be not to rank this A&M squad. However, the way the Ags have been playing since the start of conference play meant that a ranking was all but inevitable. In fact, from January 1 through today, A&M ranks #5 nationally in Bart Torvik’s power ranking.