Texas A&M hosts tourney newcomer Wichita St.



COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — With a coaching background that includes stop at Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair loves to root for the underdogs in the NCAA tournament.

Of course, that support doesn’t extend to those teams when they’re facing his Aggies, like one is on Saturday when No. 3 Texas A&M hosts 14-seed Wichita State in the first round of the tournament.

He says: “That will be the first thing we talk about are the upsets. You better be ready because the other team is playing with nothing to lose.”

The Aggies, who won a national championship in 2011, are making their eighth consecutive NCAA appearance and the Shockers their tournament debut.

Sixth-seed Nebraska looks to end 11-seed Chattanooga’s 19-game winning streak in the other game at A&M on Saturday.