Maybe they were tired of us circling OU games on the calendar. Perhaps it was the fact that it just didn't have the same fire from our end of the rivalry. Whatever it was, over the past year, Texas A-M has made this a rivalry again. While this past season, the Aggies got the win in football to renew the rivalry, it has been the strides of the basketball program that has made the country take notice of Texas vs. Texas A-M.
Texas A-M has become one of the top teams in the country behind point guard Acie Law IV, and the physical, aggressive style that Billy Gillespie has instilled into the program. While they have become a team that hangs its hat on defense, they proved against Texas in College Station that it can play an up pace style as well.
Texas executed their game plan solidly against aTm, pushing the tempo and getting A&M in all sorts of foul trouble. But when it came down to it, Acie Law controlled the game in the clutch and the Aggies exploited Texas' weakness by pounding it inside through an exceptional game by Kavaliauskas. In the return trip, Texas will have to improve their defense while attempting to provide an answer for the interior presence of the Aggies. A-M will run lots of bodies at Durant, so Texas will need some solid play from Mason, Abrams, and most of all DJ Augustin.
What better way to find out if Texas can pull of their signature win of the season to improve their position in the field of 65, then to count down the Forty.