Texas A&M entered Saturday having already produced the program’s best season in SEC play. Not content to coast into March, the Aggies pulled out a stunner in the final game of the regular season.

With No. 2 Alabama visiting, the Aggies locked down defensively and built a 32-22 lead heading into the break. While the Crimson Tide woke up a bit after halftime, Texas A&M was able to hold on down the stretch for a 67-61 victory.

Wade Taylor IV led all scorers with a game-high 28 points and Tyrece Radford added 21 for the Aggies. Texas A&M also recorded 7 steals and 5 blocks as a team.

In the end, the name of the game for Texas A&M was its stout defense while holding Alabama to 33.8% shooting and 7-for-36 from 3-point range. Brandon Miller did lead all Tide players with 19 points before fouling out late, but he was far from efficient in the loss. Miller shot 7-for-23 and 2-for-12 from 3-point range.

Historical perspective for the Aggies

Prior to Saturday’s win, Texas A&M was 14-3 in SEC play this season, setting a new team mark for conference wins in an SEC season. The previous high was a 13-5 record during the 2015-16 season.

The Aggies finish the year with a 15-3 record in conference play and are locked into the No. 2 seed for the SEC Tournament. Texas A&M is also locked into its first NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Buzz Williams and the program’s first trip to the big dance since the 2017-18 season.