November 1, 2006

A&M basketball strives to live up to expectations

Texas A&M basketball used to be ushered in as a footnote during the closing stretch of the football season across the railroad tracks at Kyle Field. But even with ESPN College Gameday traveling to College Station this weekend, Wednesday night's basketball exhibition opener is a cause for celebration.

The 2006-2007 Aggie basketball team is definitely in rarified air. No other A&M team in recent memory has started the season ranked so high with expectations of challenging for a conference title and making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Are Aggie fans asking too much for this year after last year's special season with an overachieving squad? Was it the special chemistry and a little luck that propelled A&M into the national limelight as they took eventual Final Four qualifier LSU to the final buzzer?

Those are all legitimate questions that will be answered in the coming months, but on paper the answer to the first question is no, expectations are not too high. On paper, this team is as talented and experienced as any outside of the top five.

The Aggies return their two top scorers at key positions. Senior guard Acie Law is returning as a fourth year starter and is now being touted as one of the top three point guards in America and a potential NBA draft pick.

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