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SEC Championship Preview: Kentucky and Texas A&M set for classic showdown

And it all comes down to this. Selection Sunday is officially here in college basketball, which means that some teams will be ecstatic and others will be disappointed.

Two teams that won’t be disappointed are Texas A&M and Kentucky.

Tyler Ulis and Kentucky will look to capture the 2016 SEC tournament title on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. PHOTO COURTESY COACHCAL.COM

Tyler Ulis and Kentucky will look to capture the 2016 SEC tournament title on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. PHOTO COURTESY COACHCAL.COM

The top two seeds in this week’s SEC tournament in Nashville did what everyone expected them to, and that’s why they’ll be meeting on Sunday for a shot at a tournament title.

The Aggies entered the week as the No. 1 seed, and after winning a tough game against Florida in the quarterfinals, Billy Kennedy’s team showed just how dangerous they could be when they throttled LSU in Saturday’s semifinal game.

Texas A&M held a wildly talented LSU team to just 38 points in a 71-38 victory, with the outcome obviously stunning a lot of people.

As for the Wildcats, they handled Alabama with ease on Friday before dealing with a tougher than expected challenge from Georgia on Saturday.

The Bulldogs shot the ball extremely well in the first half to take a surprising 49-44 halftime lead, but Kentucky finally found its way and rolled to a 93-80 win.

So, here we are. The two most talented teams in the conference meeting one more time to decide a champion. That’s the way it should be.

Keep in mind that Texas A&M and Kentucky shared the regular season trophy. Of course, there can only be one winner in the SEC title game.

For those on the outside looking, the Wildcats may appear to be the best team and the favorite on this one. It makes sense considering the type of lineup that Kentucky boasts.

SEC Player of the Year Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray have been pretty much unstoppable for most of the season, and both have played extremely well in Nashville this week.

However, upon further review, many may fail to realize that there isn’t a deeper team in the conference than Texas A&M.

The Aggies have so many ways to beat you. Billy Kennedy has the luxury of going to the bench at any point and not feeling like there is any sort of drop off.

Danuel House and Texas A&M are looking to leave Nashville with an SEC tournament championship. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

Danuel House and Texas A&M are looking to leave Nashville with an SEC tournament championship. PHOTO BY MATTHEW MAXEY

In terms of matching up with Kentucky, aside from Vanderbilt, there’s no doubt that Texas A&M offers the most difficult challenge to the Wildcats. It’s the depth. It’s the ability to attack the Wildcats in the paint. It’s the consistency.

And perhaps consistency will be what decides this game. Kentucky’s frontcourt hasn’t been very consistent this season, and that has caused several unexplained losses to teams like Auburn and Tennessee.

But if players like Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere are on their game, it’s hard to see Kennedy’s squad slowing down the Wildcats.

Especially when you add in the fact that this will once again essentially be a home game for Kentucky.

The Big Blue faithful have invaded the Music City all week, and the arena will be rocking with a lot of blue for the championship game.

Can Texas A&M handle the crowd? Can it handle Kentucky’s frontcourt? Those questions will decide the winner.

Either way, there’s no question that this could be one of the best SEC tournament title games that there’s been in quite a while.

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