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Friday, March 11, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Texas 70, Texas A&M 58

By David Ubben

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No team established a double digit lead for the game's first 37 minutes, but Texas got buckets and stops when it needed them, and Texas A&M couldn't get either. The Aggies were hurt on the offensive glass, but Texas was too strong and beat rival A&M 70-58 to improve to 27-6, including 3-0 against the Aggies this season.

Turning point: Texas led the entire second half, but the Aggies inched to within four with five minutes to play and had a little momentum. Texas' Jordan Hamilton drained a 3-pointer to give the Longhorns the last boost they needed. Hamilton finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Key player: Texas forward Tristan Thompson was a force all night on both ends, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Of those boards, 10 were offensive and he also had three assists and two blocks.

Key stat: Texas A&M shot just 17-of-48 (35.4 percent) from the field against a great Texas defense after shooting less than 58 percent in a win over Missouri on Thursday night. Texas, meanwhile, shot just under 50 percent from the field and out rebounded the Aggies 36-28. That's no recipe for an upset.

What’s next: Texas advances to the Big 12 Championship against Kansas. Texas A&M finishes at 24-8 and will await their matchup in the tournament when the NCAA tournament bracket is released on Sunday. Texas was the only team to beat Kansas at home this year, ending the Jayhawks' 69-game winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse. On Saturday night, it might feel pretty similar. Kansas games have been full of Jayhawk blue, and Kansas and its fans will be hoping for some payback in the title game.