One down, one to go

But unfortunately, the one down was Texas A&M.

The men’s basketball team’s magical run in the NIT tourney came to an end tonight, as the Aggies lost their third-round matchup to St. Joseph’s, 58-51, in College Station. The Aggies finished the season at 21-10 in front of a record home crowd of 13,151 and matched the Aggies’s deepest run ever in the NIT, in the process improving a nation’s-best 14 wins over last season (7-21).

As an aside, Aggies fans have earned a reputation for being some of the classier fans as a whole (there are exceptions, of course, but such is life). It’s nice to see that some things haven’t completely changed:

It was a great atmosphere [at Reed Arena in College Station]. I salute the people here. […] I knew that we would come in here and be treated well. The fans were great, they cheered for their team. It’s not like that at a lot of places that we go. The administration here at Texas A&M can be proud because they didn’t treat us like visitors. They treated us appropriately because it was a post season game. I want to thank all of them.

St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli

Here’s wishing the Aggies’ women’s team a better result in their own third round WNIT matchup tomorrow night against SW Missouri State…