Rapid Reaction: Texas A&M delivers another huge upset, beating Arkansas in a blowout to make SEC Tournament Championship Game
Texas A&M has done it again. The Aggies are advancing to the SEC Tournament Championship Game after blowing out Arkansas 82-64 in Saturday’s semifinal.
Arkansas, which has been one of the hottest SEC teams in recent weeks, never led on Saturday. Both teams shot below 50 percent in the first half, but more shots fell for Texas A&M. The Aggies took a 36-24 lead to the locker room at the break.
Texas A&M had already played 2 SEC Tournament games to Arkansas’ 1 entering the semifinals, but the Aggies had plenty of gas in the tank. The Razorbacks got it down to 52-47 at the 11:02 mark. From there, however, it was all Texas A&M as the Aggies controlled the game rest of the way.
Quenton Jackson led the way for Texas A&M with 20 points and 6 assists. Henry Coleman III (10 points), Tyrece Radford (11 points) and Hassan Diarra were the other Aggies to reach double figures. Stanley Umude led Arkansas with 20 points.
It was almost a clean sweep of box score wins for Texas A&M. Arkansas had more blocks (5-1) and fared better at the foul line (83 percent to 80 percent). The Aggies had the better day shooting the 3-ball (8-of-15 to 3-to-18) and scoring in the paint (36 points to 30). Texas A&M also had more rebounds (38-25) and assists (18-13), while committing fewer turnovers (13-15).
Buzz Williams’ squad entered the SEC Tournament on the NCAA Tournament. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi said the Aggies will need to win the conference tournament to make the Big Dance. Texas A&M will get that chance Sunday, facing either Kentucky or Tennessee, to secure the automatic bid to the Big Dance.