The eighth win of the regular season was a big one for the Texas basketball program, beating Texas A&M 60-50 in their first matchup since 2015.
The Lone Star Showdown kicked back into high gear on the hardwood for the Texas basketball program against the three-win Texas A&M Aggies on Dec. 8. This was the first time since the 2015-16 college basketball regular season that Texas got to face Texas A&M in meaningful game action. They did face in a preseason game since, though.
The last time that these two in-state rivals faced each other resulted in a victory for the Aggies in the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2015. But Texas did come in with an edge over the Aggies in terms of record. Texas came in with a record of 7-1, compared to 3-4 for head coach Buzz Williams and his Texas A&M squad.
Head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart only had one slip up so far this season, which came at the hands of the Georgetown Hoyas in the 2K Empire Classic in New York City. But Texas does have solid victories over the Cal Golden Bears and Purdue Boilermakers thus far.
Right from tip-off, Texas controlled the place of play against Texas A&M. They wound up taking that momentum and turning it into a 60-50 win on Sunday night at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Texas got their eighth win of the regular season before they turn the focus to taking on the Central Michigan Chippewas out of the MAC at home on Dec. 14 at the Frank Erwin Center.
Here’s a look into the four things we learned from the win for the Texas Longhorns basketball program over the in-state rival Texas A&M Aggies in the re-ignition of the Lone Star Showdown on the hardwood on Dec. 8.