NIT or NCAA: Texas A&M

Throughout the season we'll look at bubble teams and assess whether they have a better chance of ending up in the NIT or NCAA Tournament.

Team: Texas A&M Aggies

Record: 21-7 (7-6 Big 12)

Good Wins:
Ohio St. (neutral court), Texas

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The Aggies have spent most of the season ranked in the top-25. They have fallen out recently on the heels of their second 3-game losing streak in the conference. It hasn't been an easy transition from Billy Gillespie to Mark Turgeon coaching the team.

Their non-con, which looked good in January hardly impresses at the end of February. The wins over Alabama and LSU looked nice but both are 4-9 in a weak SEC. Washington has been only 15-13. The Aggies got beaten by Arizona in their one true non-con road game -- and the Wildcats are a bubble team themselves.

Other Views:
They are 43d in RPI, 28th on Basketball State, 28th by the Sagarin Ratings.

Verdict: Hard to believe this team is putting itself on the bubble with more than 20 wins, but A&M's struggles in the Big 12 do just that. None of their remaining 3 games are gimmees -- at Oklahoma, at Baylor and Kansas -- meaning they could finish only .500 or worse.

The Aggies are probably in right now but they need to finish above .500 in the Big 12 to avoid sweating it.

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