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Can Cats Break A&M’s Spirit?

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Once ranked as high as fifth in the country, Texas A&M is in a midseason downward spiral, dropping five of their last seven games.  They had plenty of early season success with upperclassmen on the court, but they’ve sputtered down the stretch in the uncharted territory of difficult SEC play.

Their story is similar to South Carolina’s.  Undefeated through their first 15 games, they reached #19 in the country before hitting bumps in the road in SEC play.

When Kentucky came to town and beat them down by 27, it almost derailed their stellar season.  They lost their next game to Missouri.  With a 17-point first half lead at home against Florida, the Gators ended the half on a 20-0 scoring run.  However, the Gamecocks hung in there to defeat Florida 73-69 in overtime.

Frank Martin said after the game that he’s glad his team could overcome the brutality from last Saturday.

“An unbelievable gut-check by our guys.  Kentucky came in here and broke our spirit. We walked around for four or five days wounded.”

The Cats have steamrolled through their last five games.  If they do it again today, the Aggies once stellar season could have a sour ending.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR