A&M avoids match up with UK, Gillispie

After multiple NCAA Tournament experts began making their field of 64, it seemed like Texas A&M and Kentucky might be pitted against one another just one year after Billy Gillispie left Texas A&M for bluer grasses in Kentucky.

It seemed destined to happen. Even ESPN's Joe Lunardi projected that it was inevitable. As Texas A&M moved up in Bracketology, Kentucky moved down. It seemed that A&M head coach Mark Turgeon would have the opportunity to square off against former A&M head coach Billy Gillispie in a first-round match up between the Aggies and the Wildcats.

It could have been dubbed a "Celebrity Death Match" with those kind of stakes on the line.

And while it may seem that Lunardi and other television pundits were wrong, even Gillispie thought it would happen according to Josh Carter.

"I talked to him the other day after the selection show and he just told us congratulations and wished us the best of luck and he said he thought we were going to get matched up together," Carter said.

The two teams could have met in an 8-9, 7-10 or even 6-11 match up in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, which would have added a lot of pressure for both teams—and coaches.

"They're a great team and we're a great team," Carter said. "I'm sure there would be some concern on both parts."

While the two teams were not paired together in the brackets, both Gillispie and the Aggies will be playing in Anaheim beginning on Thursday, which could make for some interesting interactions in the bowels of the

"It will be good to see him if we get a chance to," Carter said.

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