BYU's 79-66 destruction at the hands of No. 9 seed Texas A&M was bad enough to beg the question -- or bellow it, as the belligerent Cougars fans behind me did until they went hoarse, then mute, then left: "How do you get eliminated by the same team two years in a row?"
Just like last year, the Aggies found an early rhythm. They jumped out to an 11-3 run and were sitting on a 26-8 lead by the 11:32-mark in the first half. Just like last year they dominated inside, staking advantages in rebounding (35-26) and points in the paint (38-22).
When it came to BYU guard
But whereas Cummard's stroke failed him for most of the game and BYU could never seem to get things going offensively until it was too late -- the Cougars were done in by a 11-for-31 first-half shooting effort -- A&M seem like they'd never miss, shooting a blistering 57.7 percent from the field and an impressive 35.3 percent from behind the arc.
If A&M stays this unconscious, the field is in for a world of trouble.
Actually, this is a two-man award, shared by Aggies junior forward
Together, A&M's towers of power combined for 28 points, 19 rebounds, six blocks and unabashedly exploited their size advantage over the Cougars' frontline. "We wanted to play inside out," Davis said. "We started off getting a lot of buckets inside. We were able to kick it out to the guards, and they were able to make shots [against BYU's zone]."
The Aggies had the most ridiculous pregame display of the season. In it was featured every kind of dap, shrug, bump (chest, side and aerial), choreographed handshake and mimed camera that you could imagine. It must've taken a good five minutes for all 14 members of the team to greet one another individually. It should be noted that that round of pleasantries came just before the ones in pregame introductions. And of course those were completely different.
That top-seeded UConn could come to the court without coach