The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin Chen June 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

Season in review: Buzz Williams’ first year in Aggieland

Photo by Photo by Angelina Alcantar

Coach Buzz Williams and Savion Flagg celebrate before timeout.

Texas A&M men’s basketball’s rollercoaster 2019-2020 season ended abruptly as the spread of COVID-19 caused the SEC and NCAA to cancel the championship tournaments. However, there are still many moments to look back on in Buzz Williams’ first season as head coach of the Aggies.
Thanksgiving Turmoil
The 10 days following Thanksgiving 2019 did not go well for A&M as the Aggies dropped their next four games. At the Orlando Invitational Nov. 28 through Dec. 1, A&M fell to Harvard (62-51), Temple (65-42) and Fairfield (67-62). Then, on Dec. 8, the Aggies suffered a 60-50 loss to rival Texas in the Lone Star Showdown, giving them a 3-5 record heading into the winter break.
Oregon State
After a win over A&M-Corpus Christi, the Aggies looked to a matchup with Oregon State to even their record to a .500 percentage. A&M did just that, with junior guard Savion Flagg kicking off a 10-0 scoring run that put the Aggies ahead for the rest of the game for the 64-49 comeback win. Postgame, Williams said it was “miraculous to be 5-5.”
Another LSU overtime
After a back-and-forth game that included the Aggies coming back from a 16-point deficit, A&M managed to take a six-point lead toward the end of the game. However, a pair of three-pointers allowed LSU to tie and send the game into overtime, and the Tigers maintained the lead throughout, only allowing A&M to come within one. The game ended in a crushing 89-85 loss for A&M.
Heading into a matchup on the road at No. 17 Auburn, the Aggies had lost their two previous games and sat at a 14-14 season record. The Tigers were heavily favored, having not lost a game at home for over a year. However, the Aggies broke that streak in a 78-75 upset that highlighted Williams’ first year as head coach in Aggieland.
The senior day win ended up being A&M’s final game, ending the Aggies’ season with a 77-69 victory over Arkansas at home. The Aggies capitalized on a three-point lead at halftime to finish 10-8 in conference play.
The Aggies ended the season 16-14, and were the fourth seed heading into the SEC Tournament, where they were scheduled to take on Missouri on March 12. They never got the chance though, as the tournament was canceled that morning.
On March 10, Williams was named the AP SEC Coach of the Year after leading his team to finish sixth in the conference after they were picked to finish 12th in the preseason polls.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *