Pictures from tonight's game are not yet available, so I found the most Aggie-like opponent we've had so far, Mississippi State. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
33-0. That's Baylor's record now in MBB, WBB, and football since November 1. Thirty-three wins and zero losses. Almost certainly the greatest stretch of athletic play in Baylor history.
Our men's basketball team continued that streak tonight in its first conference game of the season at home against Texas A&M, a team with serious problems and seemingly no easy answers at this point. The game wasn't exactly impressive; Baylor shot only 39.2% from the field, 2-12 from behind the arc, and turned the ball over 16 times en route to winning the game by only 9 points, but a win is a win and Baylor needs as many as it can get in-conference to boost its eventual NCAA seed as high as possible.
Pierre Jackson, who has been playing lights-out recently for Baylor, had probably his worst game yet as a Bear, scoring only 4 points (all on FTs) and turning the ball over 7 times. His counterpart, the much-maligned AJ Walton, actually had a fairly good game by his standards with 10 points on 2-6 shooting and 5-6 on FTs.
Once again, Perry Jones displayed at times the skillset that will make the NBA scouts (of whom there were reportedly 18 at the game) drool. He led the team with 14 points on 6-12 shooting and added 12 boards. If there was a critique of his game tonight it was the usual one; he shot only 2 FTs in the game (making both), and rarely attacked the basket like you would expect a player with his size to do. His jump shot, which looked good, was his main weapon. I did like how when A&M seemed to get a little momentum and start to string shots together, it was Jones who answered on three consecutive Baylor possessions. Drew forced the ball to him and he answered the call.
The recap is not yet available on ESPN.com, but a box score is for those who are interested in one. All in all, I would say that it was a sloppy game for Baylor, particularly offensively, and one that the team would have lost in years past with a lesser collection of talent. Still, as I said, a win is a win and I'll certainly take it.