Texas A&M (23-9) makes their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, the second under head coach Mark Turgeon (left). The Aggies were selected as the No. 9 seed in the West region and will travel to Philadelphia to face No. 8 seed BYU on Thursday. The winner will likely face No. 1 seed Connecticut on Saturday.
The game is a rematch of last year's first-round contest played in Anaheim, Calif., when the teams had identical seeds. The Aggies beat the Cougars, 67-62.
A&M is one of just 16 schools to play in the last four NCAA Tournaments. Before this stretch, A&M had never made consecutive NCAA appearances.
The BYU Cougars (25-7) finished 2nd to Utah in the Mountain West Conference, with a conference record of 13-5. BYU has a record of 15-3 at home and 10-4 away from home (road and neutral).
BYU was upset by San Diego St, 64-62, in the semifinals of the of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Friday night.
BYU has an RPI of 32 and a Strength of Schedule (SOS) of 67.
BYU's best wins this season have come at home over Utah (RPI 10) , 63-50, on a neutral court over Utah St (22), 68-63, and twice over San Diego St (27), on the road 69-59 and at home 77-71.
BYU's worst losses have on the road falling to New Mexico (67), 81-62, and twice falling to UNLV (66), on the road 75-74 and at home 76-70.
BYU is ranked No. 25 in the country in the latest Associated Press poll.
BYU is led by a trio of high scoring players.
Senior guard Lee Cummard (6-7, 185) is averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists a game. Cummard ranks fourth in the Mountain West Conference in scoring and sixth in rebounding.
Sophomore guard Jimmer Fredette (6-2, 195) is averaging 16.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists a game. Fredette ranks fifth in the Mountain West Conference in scoring.
Junior forward Jonathan Tavernari (6-6, 215) is averaging 15.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists a game. Tavernari ranks sixth in the Mountain West Conference in scoring and fourth in rebounding.