3 most intriguing SEC games on Texas's 2024-25 schedule

Which SEC foes could deliver intriguing conference games for Texas in its inaugural season competing in the conference for men's college hoops?
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Texas A&M (home and home)

Texas and Texas A&M will meet on the hardwood next season as conference foes for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, the final year the Aggies were in the Big 12 before leaving for the SEC in the early 2010s.

Since Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012, these two teams have met on the hardwood twice. No. 25 Texas A&M took the first of those two meetings during the 2015-16 season, 84-73 in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Texas avenged its loss to Texas A&M in 2015-16 with a win in the Lone Star Showdown during the 2019-20 season, by a score of 60-50.

Texas A&M is expected to be a formidable squad again in the SEC in their sixth year under head coach Buzz Williams in 2024-25. Williams and the Aggies have made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a Round of 64 win over the eight-seed Nebraska Cornhuskers this year.

Texas and Texas A&M have both put together solid portal classes this spring. Both teams are also ranked in the top 25 teams in Division 1 college hoops in Bart Torvik's 2024-25 preseason projections.

These could be some very entertaining matchups between two teams with proven experience and star power in the backcourt entering next season. Texas A&M returns All-SEC guard Wade Taylor IV and has added the SMU Mustangs' leading scorer from last season, Zhuric Phelps, to replace the departing Tyrece Radford this offseason.

Taylor and Phelps going up against Oregon State transfer guard Jordan Pope, incoming freshman Tre Johnson, and Arkansas transfer Tramon Mark will be a very entertaining backcourt battle when the Longhorns and Aggies meet as conference foes twice next regular season.