Missouri at Texas A&M
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 20, 2018
Where: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Two of the strongest frontcourts in the SEC – if not the nation – go head to head when Texas A&M hosts Missouri on Saturday. The Aggies have won the last six meetings between the former Big 12 rivals and haven’t lost to the Tigers since the 2014 SEC tournament.
The Aggies finally picked up their first conference win on Tuesday, beating visiting Ole Miss 71-69 to end a five-game skid to start SEC play. They’re finally back to full strength after battling a rash of injuries and illness, as well as the three-game suspension of No. 2 scorer DJ Hogg, that coincided with the start of SEC competition. The Tigers have played outstanding defense of late, holding eight straight opponents below their scoring average and keeping their five conference foes 14.7 points below their season averages. They held No. 21 Tennessee to a season low in a 59-55 win on Wednesday - their first victory over a ranked opponent in four years.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2
ABOUT MISSOURI (13-5, 3-2 SEC): The Tigers have shot well from all over the floor in SEC play, ranking second in the league in 3-point shooting (40.9 percent) and first in free-throw shooting (82.8 percent) during conference games. Graduate transfer guard Kassius Robertson (15.6 points) leads the team in scoring and has put up 17 points per game in conference play, but the Tigers’ strength is their collection of big men who can stretch the floor. Jordan Barnett (14.8 points, 6.3 rebounds) is the most dangerous and versatile of Missouri’s frontcourt players, but Kevin Puryear (9.5 points) can put up big numbers and freshmen Jeremiah Tilmon (8.7 points) and Jontay Porter (8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks) have been major contributors when they’ve avoided foul trouble.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M (12-6, 1-5): The Aggies also count on their frontcourt for much of their scoring, as Tyler Davis (14.6 points, 8.3 rebounds) and Hogg (13.4, 6.1) lead the way. Robert Williams (9.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks) is one of the nation’s top post defenders and a monster on the boards. The Aggies’ guards can score, too, as Admon Gilder has averaged 12.8 points while Marquette transfer Duane Wilson puts up 11.3 to go along with 4.7 assists per contest.
1. Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin is seeking his 200th career victory.
2. The Tigers’ 168 3-pointers rank as the most in program history through 18 games.
3. Missouri (55 percent) and Texas A&M (54.6 percent) respectively rank 17th and 23rd nationally in rebound rate.
PREDICTION: Texas A&M 69, Missouri 67
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