After finally winning its first road game this season, Texas A&M returns home where it has dominated opponents.
The No. 11 Aggies (10-2) try to extend a pair of home winning streaks Thursday when it hosts Grambling State at Reed Arena.
Texas A&M has won 14 consecutive home games, including nine this season, and holds a 31-game regular-season winning streak at College Station against non-conference opponents.
Its last setback there came was an 83-73 loss to Big 12 rival Kansas on Jan. 25. Since that loss, the Aggies have outscored opponents by an average of 20.2 points. Their margin of victory over non-conference opponents since an 82-80 defeat to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 12, 2003, is 25.4 points.
The Aggies started this current non-conference win streak with a 103-101 double-overtime victory over Grambling State (2-4), on Dec. 21, 2003.
Texas A&M won the next two meetings against the Tigers—both at College Station—including a 101-71 rout on Dec. 10, 2005, in which Josh Carter was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range, to finish with 20 points.
The Aggies wrap up their non-conference home slate Tuesday against Winthrop before their Big 12 opener at home against Kansas State on Jan. 6.
Texas A&M won its first game away from College Station on Friday, routing Auburn 87-58 behind senior Acie Law IV’s 21 points. The Aggies had suffered losses at then-No. 9 LSU and at a neutral site to No. 1 UCLA in a four-day stretch earlier this month.
“It was a big win for us, coming to play an SEC team,” said Law, who has averaged 17.0 points and 5.3 assists in his last four games. “It’s tough on the road. We haven’t been playing that good on the road. To come in here was a big win for us. I think that they just missed some shots on offense, and we got ahead.”
Law is averaging a team-high 14.8 points and 4.9 assists for the Aggies, who are shooting 54.7 percent from the field during their current three-game winning streak and 46.9 percent (23-for-49) from 3-point range during that span..
Grambling is 0-4 on the road this season, and its two wins have come against non-Division I opponents. The Tigers have been idle since a 68-64 win over NAIA’s Jarvis Christian on Dec. 18.
Anthony Williams led the Tigers with a season-high 17 points and a career-best 12 rebounds in the win as Grambling forced 27 turnovers and snapped a four-game losing streak.
The Tigers lost all four of those games on the road, where they have been outscored by an average of 22.0 points.
Grambling State is playing its first ranked opponent since a 71-55 defeat to then-No. 25 Marquette on Dec. 5, 2003, and is 0-7 against ranked opponents since 1996.
Texas A&M has won 14 games in a row against SWAC opponents and 28-1 all-time.