Texas A&M’s dominance at home came to an end the last time the team played at Reed Arena.
The eighth-ranked Aggies (23-4, 11-2 Big 12) will look to bounce back from their first home loss of the season Saturday when they host a Baylor team that has been woeful on the road.
Texas A&M had won 21 straight at home before falling 77-75 to Texas Tech on Feb. 13. The Aggies, with 16 victories on their home court this season, had not lost at College Station since an 83-73 defeat to Kansas last Jan. 25.
Texas A&M’s only two conference defeats have come against coach Bob Knight’s Red Raiders. The Aggies are tied with No. 6 Kansas for first place in the Big 12.
“We have to put this one behind us,” guard Acie Law said. “I know it’s a tough loss. You always want to win at home, but we lost to a great team.”
The Aggies won’t be facing a great team in Baylor, loser of 23 straight road games, including seven this season. The Bears (13-13, 3-10) have not won on the road since a 73-72 victory at Purdue on Dec. 30, 2004.
Baylor has also dropped 23 straight Big 12 road contests since a 67-61 overtime victory at Texas A&M on Feb. 25, 2004. The Bears have lost five in a row overall against the Aggies since then, including a 61-51 home defeat Jan. 9, and trails in the series 71-123.
Baylor has lost 26 consecutive games against ranked opponents since a 74-72 win at then-No.13 Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 2003.
The Aggies bounced back from the loss to the Red Raiders with a 56-49 win at Oklahoma last Saturday and a 66-46 victory at Oklahoma State on Wednesday. Texas A&M, which earlier this month earned the Big 12 South’s first-ever victory at Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse, had never won at Oklahoma and had not won in Stillwater since 1923.
“We’ve been able to do a lot of things for the first time that this program hasn’t been able to do,” Law said after the victory over Oklahoma State. “It’s good to come here into an atmosphere like this, one of the best places to play in America, and get a victory.”
Law, who leads the Aggies with 17.1 points and 5.4 assists per game, had 19 points against the Cowboys. Freshman Donald Sloan saw more playing time after starter Dominique Kirk went out with back spasms and scored a career-best 15 points.
The Aggies, No. 1 in the country in field-goal percentage defense at 36.1 and among the nation’s leaders with 56.1 points allowed per game, held Oklahoma State to 30.2 percent shooting.
Baylor ended a four-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 63-59 win over Nebraska. Tweety Carter and Henry Dugat each scored 15 points and Curtis Jerrells, who leads the team with 13.3 points per game, chipped in 12.
“We’ve been known to get a lead and start relaxing on the defensive end,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “It’s a situation where you have to do it, and we were able to close it out.”
Bears senior forward Tim Bush, expected to be out at least three weeks, missed his first game after breaking his right foot in a 68-67 loss to Texas last Saturday. Aaron Bruce, however, returned after missing two games with a high ankle sprain and had seven points in 27 minutes.