Baylor-Texas A&M Preview

Baylor won’t have to face a top 10 opponent for a third straight

road game, but that doesn’t mean this trip away from home will be

any easier.

The 20th-ranked Bears try to snap Texas A&M’s 15-game home

winning streak Saturday when the Big 12 foes meet for the 200th

time.

Since falling at current-No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 20, Baylor (17-4,

4-3) played its only other road game against then-No. 6 Texas last

Saturday and came away with an 80-77 overtime victory.

The Bears had lost their previous four on the road to Top 25

teams since a 116-110 victory in five overtimes over then-No. 18

Texas A&M on Jan. 23, 2008. Baylor snapped the Aggies’ 15-game

home winning streak in that matchup and will look to do it again

Saturday at Reed Arena.

“Obviously Texas A&M is a team that you don’t have to say

much in order to get Baylor excited for, just like any of the

in-state rivalries,” coach Scott Drew told Baylor’s official Web

site.

Texas A&M (16-6, 5-3) is 73-28 versus the Bears in College

Station, but Baylor makes this 90-mile trip with a chance for its

best 22-game start since 1947-1948 when it opened 18-4 en route to

the program’s first Final Four and a national runner-up finish.

The backcourt play of junior LaceDarius Dunn and senior Tweety

Carter has been instrumental to this season’s hot start. Dunn,

third in the Big 12 with 18.5 points per game, averaged 12.0 on

30.6 percent from the field in his previous three games before

scoring 21 on 8-of-14 shooting in Wednesday’s 84-63 victory over

Iowa State.

Carter is averaging 17.1 points and leads the conference in

assists with 6.2 per game. He had 14 points and two assists in

Baylor’s last game against Texas A&M – a 72-68 Bears victory in

Waco on Feb. 14.

“Both their guards are having great years and being great

leaders,” Aggies coach Mark Turgeon said.

They’re not Turgeon’s only concern, considering Michigan

transfer Ekpe Udoh could cause plenty of headaches for the Aggies

on both ends of the floor.

The 6-foot-10 junior, who posted his 11th double-double of the

season Wednesday with 19 points and 10 rebounds, is averaging 13.9

points, 10.7 boards and 4.2 blocks – fifth-best in the nation.

While Baylor looks to win two straight against Texas A&M for

the first time in five seasons, the Aggies will try for their

longest home winning streak since a 21-game run from Jan. 28,

2006-Feb. 5, 2007.

Texas A&M, which has won its 12 home games this season by an

average of 17.2 points, is looking to build off Wednesday’s 77-74

victory at Missouri. Sophomore David Loubeau and senior guard

Donald Sloan each had 17 points as the Aggies snapped the Tigers’

32-game home winning streak.

Sloan, who leads Texas A&M with 18.4 points per game, is

averaging 15.8 with 6.3 rebounds in the last four games versus

Baylor.

The Bears make their third straight visit to College Station as

a ranked team.

Texas A&M is 126-73 all-time versus Baylor.