February 19, 2008

Aggies need to find their edge again

Monday night proved something about the Texas A&M basketball team. After losing in Austin to Texas, 77-50, in a game that was never close, and losing at home to Oklahoma State, 59-54, the Aggies have definitely lost their edge.

After dropping three of their first four games in the Big 12 conference, the Aggies no longer have the chip on their shoulder that was ever so evident in a five-game win streak that including three road wins. Just three days ago, A&M was in position to make a run at the Big 12 regular season title. Now, however, making the NCAA tournament is all of a sudden not a given never mind the Big 12 championship.

Splitting those two games wouldn't have been bad, however. Historically, during A&M's resurgence into the college basketball world the Aggies and Longhorns have split their home-and-home series that is making the rivalry a national event on the hardwood. But the way the Aggies lost is disparaging.

In essence, the Aggies are looking more like the team that started the Big 12 1-3 than the team that ran off five consecutive wins. A week-long layoff could have had an effect. After all, two of A&M's most improved sophomores have been glaring non-factors in the most recent losses.

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