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Texas A&M Aggies Fall in Sweet 16 to Oklahoma Sooners

And just like that, the SEC is done with the men's basketball postseason.

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The Texas A&M Aggies fell behind in the first half and weren't able to come back this time, falling 77-63 to the Oklahoma Sooners.

TAMU actually led for long stretches of the first nine minutes of the game, but OU took the lead for good at 11:24 to go in the first half with a Buddy Hield free throw that made it 19-18. In the final 11 minutes, Oklahoma outscored A&M 26-8 to make it 45-26 at the break with Jordan Woodard supplying 11 of the Sooners' points. The Aggies did actually outscore OU in the second half, but the lead never fell below 11.

Texas A&M had a poor shooting night all around, making just 34.4% from the field, 21.4% from three, and 54.2% of their 24 free throw attempts. Oklahoma, meanwhile, shot 49.2% from the field and 44.0% from deep.

Tyler Davis had an excellent shooting night from the floor, making seven-of-eight en route to leading the Aggies with 17 points. Jalen Jones managed a double-double with 11 and 10 despite shooting 3/11 from the floor, while Danuel House got to ten points off of 4/13 shooting. A&M's defense limited Hield to 17 points, but Woodard made up the difference. He shot 8/11 from the floor, including 5/6 from downtown, and led all scorers with 22.

Texas A&M had a breakout season in Billy Kennedy's fourth on the job, winning a share of a conference title for the first time since the early '80s and making the Sweet 16 for just the second time in the 64-team tournament era (2007 being the other). Going down in the regional semifinals to an elite Oklahoma team that has arguably the country's best player is nothing to be ashamed about.

Replacing the guard trio of Jones, House, and Alex Caruso next year will be tough, but every regular frontcourt contributor should be back. Texas A&M basketball is on firm footing, and the 2015-16 season should be seen as an unqualified success.