Texas A&M played well on the road in the Big 12 at the end of 2005-06. The Aggies look to carry that success over to this season Tuesday when they visit Baylor in their conference road opener.
The eighth-ranked Aggies (13-2, 1-0) finished 4-4 on the road in the Big 12 last season, but won their final three away from Reed Arena. Texas A&M is 1-1 on the road this season, losing 64-52 to then-No. 9 LSU and winning 87-58 over Auburn.
A victory Tuesday would move the Aggies to 14-2 for the first time since they started 16-2 in 1959-60.
Acie Law had 18 points Saturday, including two late free throws, as Texas A&M opened its Big 12 season with a 69-65 win over Kansas State.
The senior guard missed two free throws with 19 seconds left in the game that would have extended his team’s lead, but made a pair with 7 seconds remaining as the Aggies posted their eighth straight conference win.
“As soon as we took it out, I made a point to go get the ball because I wanted to redeem myself and make the shots,” said Law, who averages a team-leading 15.3 points per game and is scoring 20.0 in his last two contests. “My team needed them and I was able to come through. I should have made those two I missed.”
Expected to challenge Kansas and Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title, Texas A&M found a way to win even when it wasn’t at its best.
The Aggies shot 42.9 percent from the field, marking the first time in their last six games they shot worse than 51.0. They did go 22-for-26 from the free-throw line.
“It wasn’t very pretty, but anytime you win in the Big 12 it’s awfully nice,” Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie said. “We’re lucky to be 1-0. It wasn’t our best performance, but it was a winning performance.”
Texas A&M has won four straight against Baylor (10-4, 0-1) after dropping seven of the 10 previous meetings.
The Bears lost 81-77 at Oklahoma State on Saturday in their conference opener. They trailed by double digits most of the second half, but made six 3-pointers in the final 4:21 and got within three with 17 seconds left.
“During the comeback we executed well on offense and played solid on defense,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “We gave ourselves a shot down the stretch on the road. The good news is we have a young team. The more we get into close games in this situation the more we can win them.”
Sophomore leading scorer Kevin Rogers had 18 points, five above his season average, and freshman Tweety Carter went 5-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with 15 points. Carter is 9-for-14 from 3-point range in his last two games.
Baylor, which shoots 49.6 percent from the field this season, has shot less than 42 percent in each of its last two contests.
The Bears will be looking to snap a 24-game losing streak to ranked opponents.