Texas A&M Aggies Basketball enters a new era in 2012 as they begin competition in the Southeastern Conference for the first time.
After a long history as an original member of the historic Southwest Conference and then the Big 12, The Texas A&M Aggies are the new kids on the block in the SEC. Winners of 11 basketball conference championships during their time in the Southwest and 2 more while in the Big 12, the Aggies will be facing stiff competition if they intend to add an SEC championship trophy to their collection.
For decades Texas A&M basketball had one hated enemy, the University of Texas Longhorns. 2012 will see a new group of invaders coming to Reed Arena for the first time. The Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers will be new conference foes who both sport national championship histories in basketball. And the Arkansas Razorbacks basketball program has been rejuvenated under second year coach Mike Anderson who was an assistant under Nolan Richardson when Arkansas won a basketball national championship in 1994. The SEC may be known as a football conference but basketball is on the upswing and fans who hold Texas A&M basketball tickets will see some of the nations best teams coming to College Station this year.
New Southeastern conference opponents making their first trip to the A&M campus will find one of the country’s great collegiate basketball atmospheres in Reed Arena. When the 13,000 seat building is at capacity with Aggie fans dressed in white it is a tough place for visiting teams. Along with the state-of-the-art Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball next door, the Texas Aggies have the high quality facilities that will be needed to bring in the high level of recruits who can compete for championships in the SEC.
Recent signee junior college transfer Andrew Young gives the Aggies the big man that they needed. Young stated at his signing that he was ready to bring winning basketball back to College Station and that is music to A&M fans’ ears.
The arrival of Young and the start of the SEC era will make Texas A&M basketball tickets a hot commodity for the foreseeable future.