A reunion with a former Big 12 foe and a chance to build momentum for the Aggie men’s basketball team will be to take on Oklahoma inside Houston’s Toyota Center Saturday at 6 p.m. ESPNU will bring all the action of the Texas A&M-Oklahoma matchup to a national television audience. You can also hear the game on the Texas A&M Sports Network with local coverage in the Bryan-College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).
Texas A&M (8-2) features a young, talented roster and is off to a rock-solid start this season. The Aggies are seeking to renew their obligation to strong defensive basketball in the contest as they enter the weekend leading the SEC in both scoring defense, yielding just 61.7 points per content, and field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a .370 shooting percentage on the year. The A&M defensive effort will be tested by the Sooners, who rank among the national leaders and second in the Big 12 by averaging 88.4 points per contest.
Oklahoma, led by third-year head coach Lon Kruger, enters the weekend with a 10-1 record with its only defeat coming at the hands of then top-ranked Michigan State on Nov. 23 inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The high-scoring Sooners have enjoyed impressive endurance and have used the same starting lineup in each game this season with all five starters averaging double-digit points.
OU has an edge over the Aggies from being in the Big 12 together. OU is 30-10 in the series with Texas A&M, but the Aggies have won 6 of the last 8 meetings. This game will be the final game of the inaugural Big 12-SEC Challenge, in which the Big 12 has taken 6 of the 9 games played. Following this showdown with OU, the Aggies will have a 10-day break for the holidays before meeting North Texas on December 31st at Reed Arena. Look for this game to be very intense, exciting and unpredictable. Let’s BTHO OU!