January 19th, 2011- By Bryan Cross
An interstate showdown among Top-25 conference rivals takes place in the Big XII on Wednesday night when the No.10 Texas Longhorns host the No.11 Texas A&M Aggies in a battle of conference supremacy, bragging rights, and a chance at climbing up the rankings on the College Basketball landscape.
The Longhorns have the home court advantage in this one, but the Aggies come in on a 13-game win-streak, their longest since back in 1921.
For Texas A&M (16-1, 3-0) it has largely been done on the defensive side of the ball, as the Aggies give up just under 58 points per game, while limiting opponents to making under 40 percent of their field goal attempts.
“Our guys are pretty level-headed, they realize that we’ve only played three league games, and only one road game (actually two),” said Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon.
The Aggies have struggled against Texas on the road however, dropping 22 of their last 23 trips to Austin, with their last win coming back in 2002.
“We’ll see, this will be our first real road game,” Turgeon remarked. “This will be our first road test as far as fans in the building and students in the building.
“I think we’re pretty good, but I think we’ll find out Wednesday how good we really are.”
Texas A&M is coming off of a win over then No.15 Missouri last Saturday 91-89.
For Texas (14-2, 2-0), they are 10-1 at home this season, and have proven to be very difficult to beat on their home floor. Like the Aggies, the Longhorns play very good defense as well, surrendering 61.4 points per game, and holding the opposition to 37 percent shooting.
“We know what we have to do,” said Texas’ leading scorer Jordan Hamilton. “We just have to come out and play hard and execute. I know they’re going to come in and play hard.”
Texas/Texas A&M Game Line: College basketball betting lines have set Texas as a seven-point home favorite over Texas A&M in the match up, with the over/under sitting at 130.5 points on Bodog Sportsbook. The Longhorns are 9-3 ATS this season, while the Aggies sport a 6-2-1 record ATS.
Texas Betting Trends: The Longhorns are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Additionally, Texas is 4-1 ATS following a S.U win. The Under is 4-1 in Texas’ last five games overall, and 5-1 when set as a favorite in their last six games.
Texas A&M Betting Trends: The Aggies are 4-0 ATS in their last four Wednesday games. The Aggies are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 conference games. The under is 7-1 in the last eight games on the road for Texas A&M.