No. 24 Aggies suddenly Big 12 road warriors
February, 21, 2010
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
After every game, injured Texas A&M senior Derrick Roland sends out a tweet. Lately they've all been the same: "Nice road win for us."
The 24th-ranked Aggies (19-7, 8-4) took care of Iowa State Saturday, 60-56, for a third consecutive road victory. A&M, which lost its first three conference road games, just keeps chugging along with little fanfare, mirroring their senior scoring and court leader Donald Sloan. Sloan has a legitimate case for league MVP. Take him off the Aggies' team and there's no way this blue-collar squad with few recognizable names is contending for second place.
But they are because of poise and leadership. Since consecutive losses at Kansas State and Texas, A&M has won seven of nine, including road games at Columbia, Mo., where the Aggies snapped Missouri's 32-game home win streak, Lubbock and Ames, Iowa, all tough places to play.
So what if the three wins came by a combined nine points? A road win is a road win, especially this season in the Big 12.
Next on A&M's road agenda is a challenging outing up Hwy 6 to Waco to face No. 22 Baylor at 8 p.m. Wednesday (ESPNU). The Bears are smarting from a road loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Another road win would assure the Aggies of a winning conference record and set them up nicely for the final three-game stretch, all against teams behind them in the standings (Texas on Saturday, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma), with two at home (Texas and Oklahoma State).