What. A. Game.
After a frustrating loss in Fayetteville this past Wednesday, Texas A&M basketball bounced back in a big way with a phenomenal victory against #14 Iowa State. Iowa State was 12th in the nation in scoring (84.4 points a game) and had their lowest scoring total of the season. If there was any doubt before, the Ags proved today against a very good Cyclone team that they belong among the best in college basketball.
Here are our big takeaways.
Shoutout to the Big Men
Stellar performances by Tyler Davis and Tonny Trocha-Morelos proved to be the X-factor in today's game. Davis was a beast in the block, using his 270-pound frame to knock around the smaller ISU frontcourt. And late in the game, Davis pounded his way through the lane to get a clutch tip-in to put the Ags up 7 with less than 2 minutes left.
Trocha-Morelos reminded the Aggie faithful that he was once the leading 3-point shooter on the team when he knocked in back to back 3-pointers at a time when it felt like Coach Billy Kennedy made a ban on making jump shots. On the defensive end, he stood strong in the lane and went toe to toe with possible All-American Geroges Niang. This game needed contribution from everyone and Trocha-Morelos could not have stepped up at a better time.
Beginning of an Important Stretch
Texas A&M will follow today's huge victory by going on the road in 3 of their next 4 games with their one stop in Reed Arena being against 18-2 South Carolina. The first road test will be at Vanderbilt on one of the strangest court set-ups in college basketball. The Ags still only have a one-game lead in the SEC standings and there are no cupcakes for essentially all of February.
This next month will be the most pivotal stretch in determining both A&M's SEC championship aspirations and NCAA Tournament seeding. Above all though, today showed that not only can A&M beat the best (Iowa State has two victories over Kansas and #1 Oklahoma) but if they are on their game, they SHOULD beat the best.