Texas A&M locks down Ben Simmons, LSU; student wins $5K in contest

Texas A&M is 16-2 and in the top 10 for the first time since 2008, but the way the Aggies carry themselves you’d think Billy Kennedy has brought them here before. The Aggies didn’t play a perfect game in their 71-57 win against LSU, but they locked down on defense in the second half against Ben Simmons and the talented Tigers to secure the victory.

The atmosphere appeared tremendous to an outsider. The school reported a Reed Arena record 13,888 in attendance, standing room only from the looks of it, in the house to watch this new SEC frontrunner host one of the most-discussed players in the country.

That’s right, SEC frontrunner.

The win moves Texas A&M to 6-0 with wins against Florida and LSU to its name. Vanderbilt and Kentucky have hurt themselves in the title race with early losses, and the Aggies are looking like a team that will be favored in 10 of their 12 remaining games. A 15-3 conference record should be good enough to claim the top seed in the SEC tournament, and Billy Kennedy has this team one-third of the way there.

Jalen Jones leads all players with 20 points in Texas A&M’s win against LSU. (USATSI)

What makes Texas A&M so much better this season, according to Georgia coach Mark Fox, is the unique combination of talent of experience.

“They don’t have a weakness,” Fox said, via the Houston Chronicle. “They’re as complete a team as we’ve seen all season. They’re one of the rare teams in the country that has both talent and experience.”

That great combination was a key part of Tuesday night’s win. Senior Jalen Jones led all scorers with 20 points while freshman big man Tyler Davis had one of his best games yet with 18 points.

Texas A&M will play host to Missouri this weekend before a road game at Arkansas on Jan. 27. If the Aggies sweep these next two games, it sets up a potentially huge game against Iowa State in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 30 in College Station.

But that wasn’t even all when it comes to exciting things for Texas A&M students in College Station. This student won $5,000 for hitting a half-court shot!


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