DALLAS teams

Spurs slip by Mavericks (1:05)
Texas A&M improves to 5-0 (0:46)

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Texas A&M went into the crowd after the Texas win. Said one Aggie staffer, "You have no idea how much this means to (the fans)." Aggies senior Alex Caruso pounded his heart and said, "this means so much." Caruso was in high school the last time the two former rivals played. The Aggie fans chanted "S-E-C" toward the end of the game. Rivalry. Keep it going. Coaches want it. Both administrations need to get on board.

Mavericks (9-6) at Spurs (11-3), 8:30 p.m. ET

Spurs PF LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle, makes his return to the court when the team hosts the Mavericks. San Antonio seeks its 17th straight regular-season win at the AT&T Center. Follow live

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Reason No. 1000 Texas and Texas A&M should play every year in hoops: this is an intense game. State of Texas needs a quality rivalry game in non-conference. Also, Aggies have too much talent not to finish in top 4 in SEC.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on the key factors in the sustained excellence of Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki: I think they have really high character in a sense of being mature enough to understand the responsibility that they have with that talent. They have the mental capacity and mental toughness to understand that they need to bring it every night, and they take pride in that. Thats a special competitiveness and mental acuity that a lot of players just dont have. Most players have no idea what its like to be somebody like that who brings it night after night after night for so many years. Theyre definitely in a special category.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

How has Dirk Nowitzki's game changed as he has aged? "Not much. He looks the same to me," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Hes a remarkable player, competitor. Fierce competitor, class act, special guy."

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2 Minute Drill: Cowboys le quitará el invicto a las Panteras

Lalo Varela y Pablo Viruega tienen los mejores temas de la actualidad en la NFL en solo dos minutos. Mirar

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What's at stake in Baylor vs. TCU

To finish as the Big 12 champion, Baylor has to win out and have Oklahoma lose to Oklahoma State. If TCU plays spoiler on Friday, though, the Bears are knocked out of the conversation for good. GameDay Kickoff: Rivalry Week

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Art Briles on Jarrett Stidham's ankle injury

Baylor coach Art Briles dishes on Jarrett Stidham's ankle injury, when Stidham could return, what Chris Johnson is like, how the Bears develop QBs, Big 12 scheduling and whether the CFP should expand.