There are only four teams left standing in the Big XII Tournament, and the two from the Lone Star State meet up for the third time this season when the Texas Longhorns face the Texas A&M Aggies. 

Tipoff is set for approximately 9:30 ET on Friday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. 

Horns Feeling the Heat

If Head Coach Rick Barnes and company think that his team is going to end up as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, this is a game that has to be won. Fortunately, the argument could be made that this team is back on track after absolutely obliterating the Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday, but this is clearly a different type of a challenge against an NCAA Tournament team, the caliber of which it hasn't beaten since beating these Aggies on the road on January 31.

Both Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton once again proved that they were amongst the elite in this conference, as they both logged double-doubles against OU. Hamilton had 22 points and 10 boards, while Thompson had 13 points and dragged in 11 rebounds. When you get production like that from your bigs, your defense can be a little spotty, but this is something that Texas hasn't let down with this year. UT averages allowing just 60.8 PPG this season, and it ranks in the Top 5 in both opposing shooting percentage (37.9%) and opposing three point shooting (28.7%).

Keeping Up With Khris

Khris Middleton is normally the heart and soul of this team, as he is the Texas A&M Aggies' leading scorer at 14.1 PPG. However, this quarterfinal victory over the Missouri Tigers was thanks to all of his friends.

David Loubeau had 20 points, while BJ Holmes also dropped in 20. Nathan Walkup had 16. These four players for Texas A&M are all capable of big time games, as all four are averaging at least 9.6 PPG.

All of that gets parlayed with a defense that is allowing just 60.7 PPG. This is the real equation that has helped this team with 24 games thus far this season, and why the Aggies are going to be a great seed in the NCAA Tournament and might still have more to accomplish here in Kansas City.

Stacking Up the Big XII Tournament Odds

The Aggies have now covered four of their last five games, but Texas has covered 15 of its last 21 overall as well. These two teams both play particularly well on neutral courts. The Texas Longhorns have beaten the NCAA basketball odds in four straight on neutral hardwood, while A&M is a far more impressive 24-10 ATS in its last 34 in this situation, with a lot of that damage coming at the Big XII Tournament.

A&M To Get Revenge

We know that Texas whooped up on these Aggies twice this season, winning 81-60 at home and 69-49 on the road. However, we have to remember that A&M is 12-5-1 ATS over the course of the last 18 in this series, and that's the trend that we are going to go with on Friday. The Aggies march on to the finale in this tournament on Saturday.