Few teams have looked as strong as Texas over the last month as they knocked off rival Texas A&M for their seventh straight win and 13th in 14 games. Behind Jordan Hamilton's 20 points, the Longhorns rolled over the Aggies for the second time this season by at least 20-points and it marked the first time since 2004 Texas won in College Station.
While Texas can certainly put points up in a hurry, they are wowing teams with their harassing defense. Senior guard Dogus Balbay leads the charge with freshman Cory Joseph on the wings and able-bodied forwards Tristan Thompson, Gary Johnson and Matt Hill man the paint. One game after holding Missouri, the Big 12's top offensive team to their lowest scoring output (58) and worst field-goal percentage (33.9%) on the year, the Longhorns locked down on the Aggies and forced them into their worst shooting performance of the year (30.9%) and their 17 field-goals were just one off their season-low.
With each game, there are more and more believers in Texas' run for a national championship. Texas A&M Coach Mark Turgeon joined Missouri Coach Mike Anderson in singing the praises of the Longhorns, but scouts have also noticed the play; Hamilton, known for his offensive prowess, has been slowly climbing up draft boards. His frontcourt running mate, Tristan Thompson, a springy 6'8" forward, bounced back from early-season inconsistencies to become a legitimate late 1st Round pick in June's draft.