Texas A&M basketball rises in newest USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll

Texas A&M basketball is off to a 4-0 start, including road wins over Ohio State and SMU in the span of four days. The Aggies exhibited an impressive combination of poise and toughness down the stretch in each matchup, as well as in the 74-66 win over Oral Roberts on Friday.

Next up, head coach Buzz Williams and his determined squad will head to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the ESPN Invitational Tournament. They draw a rematch against Penn State, which is looking to avenge last year’s opening-round loss in the NCAA Tournament.

On Monday, the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll released its updated men’s basketball poll. The Aggies rose two spots from No. 15 to No. 13, impressing the voters after staying undefeated heading into Thursday’s ESPN Invitational Tournament. Texas A&M is the second highest-ranked SEC program below Tennessee, which ranks eighth.

Joining the Aggies and Volunteers in the top 25 are the Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 22), the Kentucky Wildcats (No. 16) and Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are 5-0 in the season and entered the rankings for the first time this year. Among those receiving votes were Arkansas (83), Auburn (29) and South Carolina (seven).

Texas A&M will head to Orlando, Florida, for the annual ESPN Invitational Tournament, taking on Penn State (4-0) at 11 a.m. CT., which will air on ESPN.

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