Texas A&M lost its cushion atop the Big 12 Conference in its last game.
The sixth-ranked Aggies hope to regroup in a place where they have never won when they visit Oklahoma on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Texas A&M (21-4, 9-2 Big 12) saw its 21-game home winning streak end with a 77-75 loss to Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Red Raiders are the only Big 12 team to beat the Aggies this season - twice by two-point margins.
The Aggies fell into a tie with No. 9 Kansas for the conference lead after the Jayhawks won at Colorado on Wednesday.
In order to bounce back, Texas A&M will have to break through for the first time in Norman, where it has lost all 12 previous visits. The Aggies had dropped 14 straight overall to the Sooners (15-9, 6-5) before a 70-61 home victory on Jan. 27.
Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in that contest, but it was the clutch play of Acie Law that provided the difference. Law scored 12 of his 19 points in the final four minutes to help Texas A&M seal the victory.
Law, who’s averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game, has frequently come through in the clutch, including his go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds left in a 69-66 victory over Kansas on Feb. 3.
Law’s heroics nearly rescued Texas A&M on Tuesday, when he hit a tying 3-pointer with six seconds left. That was enough time, however, for Red Raiders guard Jarrius Jackson to dribble to the other end of the court and convert a game-winning jumper as time expired.
The Aggies are tied with Connecticut for the lowest opponents’ field-goal percentage in the country at 36.4. That defense wasn’t on display Tuesday as they allowed the Red Raiders to shoot 51.9 percent, ending a streak of 35 straight games of holding opponents below 50 percent.
“It all came down to we didn’t guard well enough,” Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie said.
Texas Tech also shot 48.7 percent against the Aggies on Jan. 24 in a 70-68 victory. Every other Big 12 opponent has shot below 45 percent against them.
That includes Oklahoma’s season-low 33.9 percent shooting last month. The Sooners managed only 19 baskets despite matching a season low with only eight turnovers.
Oklahoma had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 58-51 loss at Iowa State on Tuesday. The Sooners committed 12 of their 16 turnovers in the first half and never recovered from a 15-point halftime deficit.
“We were bad, it’s as simple as that,” first-year coach Jeff Capel said. “I didn’t know who we were for awhile and I said that to our guys. We didn’t do anything for the first 26, 27 minutes of the game, then we started competing a little bit.”
It was a dismal night for Nate Carter, who missed all five of his shots from the field and made just two free throws for all of his points. Carter had averaged 19.3 points in his first 10 conference games this season, including a 19-point effort against Texas A&M.
Oklahoma enters with a nine-game home winning streak, limiting opponents to 36.1 percent shooting over that span. The Sooners also own a 12-game home winning streak in Big 12 play.