Alabama blows double-digit lead, falls to Texas A&M


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Alabama has taken another step back with its NCAA tournament resume.

The Crimson Tide lost to Texas A&M, 65-56, Tuesday night in College Station.

It was the latest underwhelming performance from the Tide, which has now dropped three straight games and lost to a Texas A&M team that entered Tuesday 10-14 overall and 3-9 in SEC play.

Alabama (15-11 overall, 6-7 SEC) led 44-32 with 12:28 remaining in the second half but was outscored 33-12 the rest of the way.

Wendell Mitchell put the game away for Texas A&M with 35 seconds left with a 3-pointer that pushed the Aggies’ lead to 63-56.

Tevin Mack, who had 14 points for the Tide, was the only Alabama player with double-digit points. The Tide shot 37.9 percent from the field in the second half (11 of 29) and missed 10 of its 11 second half 3-point attempts.

Texas A&M, meanwhile, heated up offensively in the second half. After shooting 26.9 percent from the field in the first half, the Aggies were 15 of 28 from the field in the second half (53.6 percent). Among those 15 makes were four 3s, including the big one from Mitchell in the final minute.

Even after its blowout losses to Mississippi State and Florida last week, Alabama was still projected to make the NCAA tournament in 105 of the 117 brackets compiled by Bracket Matrix Tuesday morning. They probably won’t be in anywhere near that many brackets come Wednesday, though.

Matt Zenitz is an Alabama and Auburn reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @mzenitz.