Aggies move up to No. 9 after win over Southern Cal

The state of Texas is well-represented in the latest installment of the Associated Press Top 25 for men’s college basketball.

On the heels of a blowout victory over Southern Cal, Texas A&M has moved up to No. 9. Baylor is 16th, Texas Tech 22nd and TCU 23rd.

The Aggies improved to 6-0 on the season after beating USC 75-59 on Sunday in Los Angeles.

D.J. Hogg scored 15 points in a 19-3 run in the second half for the Aggies. Duane Wilson produced 13 points and Tyler Davis 10.

One of the most encouraging signs for A&M was the pay of freshman guard T.J. Starks, who produced 10 points in 14 minutes.

Texas A&M entered the season looking for redemption after failing to make the NCAA tournament last spring.

In the opening weeks of the new year, the Aggies have knocked off West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Penn State and USC.

A&M returns home to face UT-Rio Grande Valley on Thursday. The team’s next major test is Dec. 5 in Phoenix against Arizona.