February 27, 2007

Longhorns host Aggies with everything on the line

The No. 15 Texas Longhorns have won five straight games since a 100-82 defeat at the hands of Texas A&M in College Station on February 5. The result of the five-game winning streak is an 11-3 conference record and a shot at the Big 12 regular season crown. If the Longhorns (21-7, 11-3) are to have a shot at the conference title, the must hold serve at home against No. 6 Texas A&M (24-4, 12-2). Both of the Aggies' conference losses have come at the hands of Texas Tech by a total of four points.

The task at hand for Texas will not be an easy one as the Aggies are not only one of the top defensive teams in the country, but one of the most efficient offensive teams in college basketball. In the first meeting, an 18-point win, Texas A&M dominated the Longhorns on the glass, 47-31, and received big-time performances from Acie Law and Josh Carter. Law scored 21 points and dished out a career-high 15 assists, while Carter scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Kevin Durant was sensational as always for the Longhorns in the loss with 28 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Durant received help from D.J. Augustin, who scored 23 points and dished out five assists, but the difference was 16 second-chance points by the Aggies to six by Texas.

If the Longhorns are to have a chance to beat the top-10 ranked Aggies, Durant will have to be on shooting the ball and the combination of James, Connor Atchley and Justin Mason will have to do a much better job of rebounding the ball than the first meeting in which the trio combined for just nine rebounds in 73 minutes of action.

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