Texas basketball battles the rival Texas A&M Aggies to reignite the Lone Star Showdown on the hardwood for the first time since 2015.
Early in the showdown between the Texas basketball program and the Texas A&M Aggies, there seems to be a lot of angst this team is getting out on Dec. 8. This showdown between Texas and Texas A&M reignites the Lone Star Showdown in a profit college sport that actually has something on the line.
The Texas Longhorns basketball program controlled the pace of play early on, and had a double-digit lead for much of the early portion of the first half. Texas A&M came into this game struggling, with a record of 3-4. Meanwhile, the Longhorns are coming out of the gates looking like a borderline top 25 team and carry a record of 7-1.
This is the first time the Longhorns and Aggies met on the hardwood in an actual game that mattered in a regular season or conference/tournament play since the 2015-16 season. Texas owns an all-time edge over the Aggies. But Texas A&M did take down Texas in the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis.
It looked like coming into the regular season that this game could have profound impact on how the NCAA Tournament resume shakes out. But the Aggies aren’t even beating easier teams they play during their non-conference slate.
Hopefully the Longhorns can take full advantage and piece together a good win over the Aggies. They were favored before tip-off.
What made this game more interesting is the location at which it is played. Texas faced up against Texas A&M at Dickies Arena on Dec. 8 in Fort Worth. Head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart is set to take on Texas A&M head coach Buzz Williams to keep his team on the right track.
The Longhorns took a 27-17 lead into halftime against the Aggies. They outplayed Texas A&M on both ends of the floor, and lock down defense went a long way to holding the Aggies under 20 points, while shooting less than 40 percent from the field and just 16.7 percent from three-point range.