Texas A&M, SEC champions


Gig 'em.

Who? The Aggies of Texas A&M.

What? Named for the Agricultural portion of Agricultural and Mechanical. Reveille is the highest-ranking member of the famed Corps of Cadets.

Where? College Station, Texas, where bowties may be cool.

When? March 10th, in Duluth, Georgia.

Why? They won the Southeastern Conference tournament.

How? The Aggies held Kentucky scoreless for six minutes in the second half, and Kelsey Bone had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead Texas A&M to their first SEC title, 75-67.

Surprise? Predicted to finish fifth in the conference, they tied for fourth with South Carolina, and earned the fourth seed in the tournament on the tiebreaker.

RPI: 13

SOS: 3

Record: 23-9 (11-5 SEC)

Good wins: At Georgia, at South Carolina.

Bad losses: LSU in College Station is not a good look.

Who's running this show? Gary Blair, since 2003. Perhaps awkwardly now, his family is settled in Arkansas.

Extra, Extra! The Dallas Morning News, maybe? Looks like The Eagle is a better bet.

It wasn't a good start to the season for the Aggies, opening up 1-3 against a suicide schedule. It wasn't a great ending, either, as they dropped four out of five before the SEC tournament. But to get to the championship A&M knocked off the top two seeds in Tennessee and Kentucky to give Gary Blair's squad the title in its first year competing in the SEC.

Redshirt junior center Kelsey Bone leads the way for Texas A&M with 17 points on 56.2% shooting and 9.6 rebounds per game. Senior guard Adrienne Pratcher orchestrates the offense with a steady hand. The Aggies love to get to the basket- they're not going to be launching a lot of threes.

A&M is hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament at Reed Arena in College Station, so the Ags are sure to be overly attentive to the bracket release.

Updated 03/10/13, 7:50 p.m. PT

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