March 4, 2009

Despite record, Aggies not looking past Colorado

Having a losing record and no chance to head to the postseason doesn't bode well for a team with two games remaining before playing in a conference tournament in what is assuredly the last weekend of basketball for the team. Just six years ago, Texas A&M basketball found itself in that same position that was all too familiar for those following basketball in Aggieland.

But when the Aggies (21-8, 7-7 Big 12) head to Colorado (9-19, 1-13) Wednesday at 8:05 p.m., it will be the Buffaloes that find themselves in the awful position of the conference basement. So while thinking about the Aggies looking ahead to the final game of the season against third-place Missouri on Saturday, rest assured that the Aggies aren't doing the same.

"No, I'm not (worried that my team won't be dialed in)," said A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "I would be if it was with 10 games to go, but with two to go and us playing well and with so much at stake (I'm not). Even if we are dialed in I don't think it will be easy. We'll be lucky to win, but I expect our guys to be dialed in."

Colorado's season, however, could easily have turned the over way. Picked to finish last in the Big 12 in the preseason by pretty much anyone who had a preseason poll, the Buffaloes have put a scare into their fare share of opponents.

They've lost in overtime at home twice in the Big 12, one to Kansas State and once to Texas. They lost to Nebraska at home by two. Colorado gave Oklahoma and Kansas scares on the road, eventually losing to the Sooners 77-72 and the Jayhawks 66-61.

It's those key plays that Colorado head coach Jeff Bzdelik, in his second year in Boulder, said is the difference between a good year and a bad one.

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