And this time on the road.
Looking to snap a six-game losing streak in College Station, the Texas Longhorns (19-3, 7-0) blew out Texas A&M (17-4, 4-3) early in the game, opening up a 25-point halftime lead before coasting comfortably to a 69-49 win. In building a commanding 45-20 halftime lead, the Longhorns nearly scored as many points in the first half as the Aggies did in the entire game.
Though the Longhorns were absolutely brilliant offensively in the first half, the big story continues to be the unbelievably dominant performance by this Longhorns squad on the defensive end. Following Texas A&M's 17-55 shooting night, through seven conference games Texas' Big 12 opponents are now shooting just 36% from the floor. And counting the Aggies' woeful 1-for-12 performance from downtown tonight, Big 12 opponents have now connected on just 19 of 100 three pointers attempted. Like I said on Saturday night, if this holds we're not just talking about Rick Barnes' best defensive team, but one of the best defensive performances in college basketball across the past decade.
All nine Longhorns who played scored a bucket this evening, led by 20 from Jordan Hamilton, 11 from Joseph, and 10 from Thompson. The Longhorns once again connected on 50% or better from the floor, hitting 27 of 54 field goals, netting an impressive 15 assists on their 27 makes. For the howeverth many time this year, Texas won by plenty and it felt like it could have been 40.
So much to like, and so much more to say about this team and these players.
This... is your celebration thread.
Next Game: Home vs Texas Tech, Saturday, February 5th at 8:00 p.m. CT