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Lone Star Showdown Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Texas A&M Aggies

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The Texas Longhorns won’t be playing the Texas A&M Aggies anytime soon on the football field, but that won’t stop the two from competing on the hardwood.  The Longhorns will face the Aggies on Sunday at Dickie’s Arena in Fort Worth in the Lone Star Showdown.

These two teams met last in the Bahamas in 2015, with Texas A&M defeating Texas 84-73 in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Shaka Smart and the Longhorns are off to a 7-1 start with their lone loss coming on the road to the Georgetown Hoyas.  Texas defeated UAB at home 67-57 earlier in the week. Redshirt sophmore Andrew Jones tied a career-high 20 points and hit 6-8 from three point range in the win over the Blazers. Jones is averaging 12.4 points per game, second only to junior point guard Matt Coleman (13.8 ppg).

Texas A&M has lost three straight, including three straight in the Orlando Invitational over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Aggies lost to Harvard, Temple and Fairfield and head into Sunday’s contest with a 3-4 record. Junior guard/forward Savion Flagg leads the Aggies in scoring with 10.7 points per game and 14 assists. Senior forward Josh Nebo follows with 10 points per game and 5.3 rebounds. Nebo ranks second as the nation’s active leader in career blocks.

Aggie head coach Buzz Williams is in his his first year in College Station after spending the previous five seasons at Virginia Tech, where he guided the Hokies to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Longhorns have won five of the last six against the Aggies and Sunday’s contest will mark the second time the two schools have played since Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference.


What: Texas Longhorns (7-1) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (3-4)
When: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time:  2:00 PM CST
Venue: Dickies Arena
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Television: ABC
The Line: Texas -9.5
Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: Texas A&M defeated Texas A&M 84-73 (11/25/2015)
All-Time Series Record: Texas leads Texas A&M 137-86

The Coaches

Texas A&M Aggies

Head Coach:  Buzz Williams
Head Coaching Experience: 13th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Texas A&M:  1
Career Record:  256-159
Career Record at Texas A&M:  3-4

Texas Longhorns

Head Coach:  Shaka Smart
Head Coaching Experience: 11th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Texas:  5
Career Record:  241-123
Career Record at Texas:  78-67

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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