Though the 14th-seeded Green Bay Phoenix put up an early fight in Oklahoma City, it was Texas A&M that rose up from the first-half dust with fire and authority en route to a 92-65 victory in the NCAA tournament’s opening round.
The Aggies were precise (56.1 team shooting-percentage) and overcame enough jitters (20 turnovers, 75 percent from the charity stripe) to secure their first win at the Big Dance since 2010. Now, players and coach Billy Kennedy will wait and see if they’ll need to beat a hated rival to make the Sweet 16.
Here’s what else you need to know:
MVP: Danuel House, who went 8-for-12 from the field while accounting for a team-high 20 points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
Texas A&M starters: Danuel House, Alex Caruso, Chris Collins, Tyler Davis, Jalen Jones
Off the bench: DJ Hogg, Tavario Miller, Admon Glider, Tonny Trocha-Morelos, Kobie Eubanks, Kyle Dobbins
Cleaning up the glass: Texas A&M led 41-33 at halftime after closing on an 11-2 run … Five Aggies players reached double-digits: House, Davis, Jones, Glider and Trocha-Morelos, who scored a career-high 15 points off the bench… Green Bay was out-rebounded, 45-25… This was Texas A&M’s 10th all-time NCAA tournament win, and the 27-point margin of victory the school’s largest ever
Fouse: They're a big team and they knew we were undersized. They just pounded the ball inside and we had trouble guarding them.
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Previous game: Kentucky defeats Texas A&M in overtime for SEC crown
What’s next: The winner of tonight’s game between Northern Iowa and in-state rival Texas