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Caption:NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 12: Jalen Jones #12 of the Texas A&M Aggies shoots the ball in the game against the LSU Tigers during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Texas A&M Emerges As Unanimous No. 1 In Final Poll Of Top Texas Teams

Last week, it became very clear who the No. 1 team in Texas was according to SportsDayDFW’s panel of 12 voters. This week, that decision was confirmed.

Texas A&M Emerges As Unanimous No. 1 In Final Poll Of Top Texas Teams

Despite the fact that they lost to Kentucky in overtime of the SEC Championship game, the Texas A&M Aggies were still voted the Best in Texas with 120 points and 12 first place votes.

Just last week, The Aggies (26-8, 13-5 SEC) defeated the Florida Gators 72-66 on Friday, as well as LSU 71-38 on Saturday, both at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Texas A&M also lost to the Kentucky Wildcats 82-77 in overtime in the SEC Championship game on Sunday. They will next face the Green Bay Phoenix in the Round of 64 in Oklahoma City on Friday.

Danuel House scored a career-high 32 points for the Aggies against Kentucky. A&M made the deepest run of a Power FIve school, and thanks to its additional victories over Baylor and Texas, it earned the top spot in the Texas teams standings.

In second place come the No. 5 Baylor Bears (22-11, 10-8 in the Big 12), who just last week defeated the No. 23 Texas Longhorns 75-61 on Thursday and then lost to the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks 70-66 on Friday.

Although Baylor suffered 11 losses this season, eight of those losses came against teams in the top nine, and five came to teams that were ranked No. 1 in the country at some point this season. The Bears have made it to the NCAA Tournament the last three years in a row. They will next face the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA tournament Round of 64 game in Providence on Thursday.

The UTEP Miners (19-14, 10-8 C-USA ) came in last place in the Top 10 Texas teams. They lost to the Marshall Thundering Herd 87-85 in the C-USA Quarterfinals in Birmingham, Alabama last Thursday. The miners finished the season sixth in C-USA and do not seem to be headed for a postseason berth.

The TCU Horned Frogs and the North Texas Mean Green were not ranked.

Rank School Record Points Previous
1. Texas A&M 26-8 120 1
2. Baylor 22-11 103 3
3. SMU 25-5 93 2
4. Texas 20-12 81 4
5. Stephen F. Austin 27-5 70 5
6. Texas Tech 19-12 61 6
7. Houston 22-9 44 7
8. Texas A&M-CC 25-7 37 8
9. UT-Arlington 23-10 31 9
10. UTEP 19-14 13 10

(How the poll works: A first-place vote is worth 10 points, second-place is worth 9 and so on. First-place votes are placed in parentheses next to a school’s point total.)

NASHVILLE, TN – MARCH 12: Jalen Jones #12 of the Texas A&M Aggies shoots the ball in the game against the LSU Tigers during the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 12, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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