But then Starks' nemesis, Alabama guard Collin Sexton, streaked relatively unchecked down the court for a buzzer-beating runner that left the Aggies pondering what they could have done differently.
A solid SEC tournament was already being anticipated with the improve of the league during the regular season but through three games, the tournament has already been better than advertised.
Wearing a white "Sexton" hoodie, she watched her son on the screen lay in a sweet, underhanded floater at the buzzer for the win Thursday at the SEC basketball tournament. The game finished with a total of 134 points, which was 8 points below the projected point total of 142 points.
The Aggies made just 31 percent (10-of-32) of their shots in the first half compared to the Crimson Tide who netted 50 percent (14-of-28).
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Dazon Ingram added 13 points and Donta Hall hit for 11 as Alabama (18-14) ended a five-game losing streak. The game, which tips at noon CST, will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Texas A&M averages 41.3 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the nation.
Texas A&M led by as many as seven points in the early minutes, but the Crimson Tide steadily cut into that advantage and tied the game at 16 on a layup by Ingram at the 10:15 mark.
Alabama's defense was also key late in the game.
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The Crimson Tide rank fifth in blocks per game (5.8) while the Aggies rank 186th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
However, CBS Sports Bracketologist Jerry Palm claims that the win over Texas A&M may not be enough for Alabama to get into the field.
Texas A&M is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games. For the season, Alabama has defeated opponents by an average of 2.7 points.
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