February 4, 2010

Road win building momentum at A&M

Texas A&M 77-74 win over Missouri Wednesday night was much more than an impressive road win for the 'ole NCAA resume in March, which the Aggies definitely did need without winning a road game since beating SMU in November in Dallas. It was a statement to the Big 12 conference and the Aggies themselves that A&M is still a threat despite Chinemelu Elonu playing professional ball in Spain and Derrick Roland nursing a broken leg on the bench.

Before Elonu decided to stay in the NBA Draft and was drafted with the 59th pick by the Los Angeles Lakers and well before Roland broke his leg at Washington on Dec. 22, the Aggies were a darkhorse Big 12 title threat and a viable top 10 team and Final Four contender. A&M was returning four seniors starters and eight of its top nine contributors from a 20-win, NCAA second round team.

But without Elonu and Roland the Aggies have seemed to be on the cusp but not quite good enough in league games on the road, which is where teams must win to impress the NCAA selection committee and push themselves on the good side of the bubble. That, however, changed Wednesday night.

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