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Men's College Basketball
Texas vs Texas A&M
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Where: Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort, Nassau

After meeting 222 times from 1917-2012, conference realignment forced Texas and Texas A&M to give up their annual rivalry after the Aggies made a move to the SEC. The teams renew acquaintances following a three-year hiatus on Wednesday when they face each other in a first-round game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Although the Longhorns made one of the biggest off-season splashes in college basketball when it hired coach Shaka Smart away from VCU, Texas A&M has stolen their thunder a bit by opening the season with four straight blowout wins while averaging 93.5 points. The Aggies routed UNC Asheville 75-47 on Saturday, giving them four consecutive wins of 25 or more points for the first time since 1975. The Longhorns fell to Washington 77-71 in China to spoil Smart’s debut on Nov. 13, but bounced back in a 67-56 win over Texas A&M–Corpus Christi on Saturday. “(Senior guard Javan Felix) had a nice gesture; he got the game ball in the locker room after (Smart) was done talking. He presented (Smart) with it, and we all tackled him and roughed him up a little bit. It's something he's definitely going to remember, the team's going to remember,” senior forward Connor Lammert said.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, No TV

ABOUT TEXAS (1-1): Smart pointed to Cameron Ridley’s ability to stay out of foul trouble against the Islanders on Saturday as a key reason as to why he was able to post his 14th career double-double (14 points, career-high tying 14 rebounds). “He is a talented player, (but) I think he can do even more … When you are out there in foul trouble, it's hard to be as aggressive as you want to be. For the most part, he was able to play without that worry tonight,” Smart said. The Longhorns are holding opponents to 29.9 percent shooting from the field, including 22.9 beyond the arc.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M (4-0): The Aggies’ red-hot start is even more impressive considering it has come without last year’s second-leading scorer Jalen Jones, who is available for this contest after serving a season-opening four-game suspension as a result of taking part in two closed scrimmages for SMU before his transfer last winter. Tyler Davis (team-high marks of 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds) has scored in double figures and grabbed at least six boards in every game despite averaging only 20.3 minutes. Fellow 6-10 freshman center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds) has been almost as impressive in 19.5 minutes, scoring at least 12 points in every contest while going 6-of-9 beyond the arc.

1. The winner of this game will face either No. 11 Gonzaga or Washington in the semifinals, while the loser will meet the loser of the Bulldogs and Huskies.
2. Davis is among the national leaders in field-goal percentage at 80 percent, missing no more than two shots in any game while going 20-of-25 from the floor.
3. Texas, which leads the series between the former Southwestern Conference and Big 12 rivals 137-85, has won five straight and 42 of the last 51 meetings dating back to the start of the 1989-90 season.

PREDICTION: Texas A&M 74, Texas 71
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Texas 1-1 W1 1-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 1-0 0-0
Texas A&M 4-0 W4 4-0 0-0 0-0 1-0 3-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Texas Texas A&M
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/6/12 TEX 70 TAM 68 70 24 48.1 68 26 50.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Texas J. Brown 20 66.7 4
Texas A&M E. Turner 20 60.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Texas J. Bond 8 4 4
Texas A&M D. Loubeau 6 2 4
Assists Player  
Texas J. Brown 7
Texas A&M N. Hibbert 4
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Texas I. Taylor 33 34.8 16
Texas A&M T. Davis 61 80.0 21
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Texas C. Ridley 21 8 13
Texas A&M T. Davis 33 9 24
Assists Player  
Texas I. Taylor 8
Texas A&M A. Caruso 19
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Texas Off vs  red bar Texas A&M Defense
blue bar 69.0 Points For
red bar 59.8 Points Against
blue bar 33.3 FG%
red bar 34.5 FG%
blue bar 46.5 Reb
red bar 25.8 Reb
red bar Texas A&M Off vs  blue bar Texas Defense
red bar 93.5 Points For
blue bar 66.5 Points Against
red bar 55.9 FG%
blue bar 29.7 FG%
red bar 25.8 Reb
blue bar 49.0 Reb