Up Next: Texas at Texas A&M

Texas A&M faces a tough test tonight when they host the No. 9 Texas Longhorns in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. The Aggies, off to one of the best starts in school history under first-year coach Billy Gillispie, are coming off a tough 65-60 road loss to No. 2 Kansas.

The teams: #9 Texas Longhorns (12-2, 1-0) at Texas A&M Aggies (11-1, 0-1)

When: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 7pm (CST)

Location: Reed Arena (12,500) in College Station, TX

Television: Fox Sports Southwest (Greg Lucas, play-by-play; Jim Haller, commentary)

Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (Dave South, play-by-play; Al Pulliam, commentary)

Sirius Satellite: Ch. 122 (A&M feed)

Series: Texas leads, 125-79. The Horns own a 50-49 record in games played in College Station and are 6-0 at Reed Arena. The Longhorns have won five straight since an 80-74 A&M win in Austin in 2002, and have won 10 straight in College Station since an 85-84 Aggie victory in 1994. Texas won the last meeting 77-57 on Feb. 18, 2004 in Austin.

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Gillispie on the Aggies' close game at Kansas: " You talk about moral victories and we absolutely don't play for that, but I think we know where we are and I do think we gained some confidence. I think our team is a confident team and we are probably exhibiting that confidence to a lot of people who don¹t have a great deal of confidence in us."

Gillispie on the Longhorns: "They are totally balanced. They have great three-point shooters and are shooting about 43 percent as a team. They shoot a lot of threes and they make them. Their balance is good and that's why they are a Final Four contender. If they get going at the right time and get the right draw in the tournament, they have the experience and the talent, along with the young players, to get them there."

Texas Coach Rick Barnes on Texas A&M: "I saw them play against Kansas and I was impressed. I thought they played extremely hard defensively. I thought they had an attitude. They were aggressive at both ends of the court."


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