Texas A&M, off to its best start in the Big 12, looks to continue its strong play Saturday when it visits struggling Colorado.
The eighth-ranked Aggies (14-2, 2-0) defeated Baylor 61-51 on Tuesday to open Big 12 play with consecutive victories for the first time in the league’s 11-year history.
“In the Big 12 each win is cherished,” senior guard Acie Law IV said. “When we get those W’s we are really passionate about it.”
Texas A&M has the second-fewest Big 12 wins since the conference’s creation in 1996-97, but is thriving behind its stifling defense this season.
The Aggies are allowing the third-fewest points in the nation with 52.6 a contest, and are the only team in the country that has not given up more than 65 in a game this season. They lead the nation in field-goal percentage defense (34.4).
The Buffaloes (4-8, 0-2), meanwhile, are one of the worst offensive teams in the Big 12 and have lost four of their last five games.
Colorado is the third-worst scoring team in the conference (69.5) and the worst shooting team in the league (40.6 percent). The Buffaloes lost 78-54 to Oklahoma on Wednesday to start Big 12 play 0-2 for the eighth time.
Texas A&M is off to its best overall start since opening 16-2 in 1959-60, and has won seven in a row for the second time this season. The Aggies opened with seven straight wins before losing back-to-back games to No. 13 LSU and No. 4 UCLA in early December.
Law finished with 20 points on Tuesday and is averaging 18.8 points in his last five games. Junior forward Joseph Jones overcame a stomach problem to score 14 points and grab 12 rebounds, including six points and three boards in a key 3-minute stretch midway through the second half that finally put Texas A&M ahead to stay.
“I saw some stuff in his eyes I’ve never seen before,” Aggies coach Billy Gillispie said of Jones. “He was saying yes for all the right reasons. He wanted to help his team.”
Jones had 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting in two games against the Buffaloes last season, while Law had 30 points in those contests.
Texas A&M has won three straight over Colorado by an average of 17.0 points after winning just one of the first 10 meetings between the schools.
The Buffs fell to 3-5 at home this season with a 102-78 loss to Texas in their conference opener last Saturday. After scoring 30 points in that game, junior guard Richard Roby had 20 in Wednesday’s loss to the Sooners.
Roby, averaging a team-high 19.1 points, had 34 points and 13 rebounds in both games against the Aggies last season.
The Buffs are 3-9 against Top 25 teams over the past four seasons.