Buzz Williams reflects on NIT run as Texas A&M gets set for championship game
Buzz Williams and Texas A&M have bounced back from being left out of the NCAA Tournament, and made a run to the final game of the NIT in the 3 weeks since Selection Sunday. The Aggies will play Xavier on Thursday for the championship.
On Wednesday, he was a guest on “The Paul Finebaum Show” and said it’s been difficult to quantify the postseason experience. The Aggies were one of the youngest teams in the country last season, and Williams said it helped his program grow.
“We’ve had experiences that you can only get in postseason,” Williams said. “For our guys to be able to have these reps, with playing with this level of exposure with what’s at stake. Obviously the games, the practices, the film sessions, I think all of those things there will be residual value going forward, so we’re very thankful for that.”
Williams also reflected on his public reaction to missing out on the NCAA Tournament.
“Probably foolish of me to think what we were doing that particular week was going to have the weight that I thought that it would,” Williams said. “In sincerity, I thought it was because of who we were playing.”
Williams admitted that when the bracket came out, and the Aggies were in the NCAA Tournament, he simply told his players to get on the bus, and they went home from the SEC Tournament in Tampa, Florida. Williams said in the days since, he wanted to be objective and learn why the Aggies were left out.
“You could’ve heard a pin drop the entire 5 and a half hours of travel,” he said. “… At the end of the day, I wanted to do right by our program and the people that were in our program.”