Just when it looked like Texas A&M was back on track, it’s on the verge of its second three-game losing streak of the season.
The 24th-ranked Aggies will try to close the regular season on a high note when they host Texas Tech on Saturday.
Texas A&M (22-7, 9-6 Big 12) won 13 straight Nov. 26-Jan. 15 but proceeded to lose four of its next five. The Aggies bounced back and won their next five, but they enter this game after back-to-back road losses to Baylor and No. 2 Kansas.
Texas A&M fell 64-51 to the Jayhawks on Wednesday, staying close until midway through the second half when Kansas pulled away. The Aggies shot 38.5 percent before halftime and finished with 18 turnovers—their most in 18 games.
“I think to get where we want to be, we eventually need to beat a team like Kansas. We haven’t been able to do it,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “We can’t play for 30 minutes and expect to beat a good team. You have to stay focused for 40. Hopefully we can learn from it and get better. I was proud of our guys.”
Leading scorer Khris Middleton had another rough game with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting. The sophomore forward, averaging 14.4 points, missed 12 of 16 field-goal attempts against Baylor last Saturday.
The Aggies are unlikely to stay in the Top 25 regardless of the outcome Saturday, but they have secured a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament.
Texas A&M is looking to sweep the season series against Texas Tech after rallying from a 10-point deficit for a 70-67 win Feb. 12. Middleton scored 16 points.
The Aggies have won three straight over the Red Raiders (13-17, 5-10).
Texas Tech won for the second time in eight games Wednesday, defeating Oklahoma 84-58. The Red Raiders led by 20 at the break after holding the Sooners to 27.6 percent shooting.
Mike Singletary and David Tairu each scored 17 points, and Texas Tech shot 11 of 21 from 3-point range. The Red Raiders lost their previous two games by five points.
“I think even the close games we’ve had gives them confidence and chances to win on the road in places that are hard to win,” coach Pat Knight said. “But, it always helps to get a win no matter what, it gives you a little bit of confidence.”
Singletary also had 10 rebounds after being held to four points and four boards in a 70-68 loss to Oklahoma State last weekend. The team’s second-leading scorer at 12.8 points per game averaged 5.8 in his previous five contests.
“I was just playing with a lot of energy and a lot of emotion,” the senior forward said.
Singletary played only four minutes last month against the Aggies because of calf problems.
Texas Tech has lost three straight and five of six at Texas A&M.