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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.



TIP-INS

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


Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Missouri 13-5 W1 9-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 11-3 3-2
Texas A&M 12-6 W1 8-2 1-3 3-1 1-2 11-4 1-5
Last Meeting
Missouri Texas A&M
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/28/17 TAM 60 MIZZ 43 43 27 24.6 60 37 47.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Missouri T. Phillips 15 45.5 2
Texas A&M T. Trocha-Morelos 18 66.7 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Missouri F. Hughes 6 2 4
Texas A&M T. Davis 11 1 10
Assists Player  
Missouri J. Geist 4
Texas A&M C. Carlton 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Missouri K. Robertson 281 42.1 61
Texas A&M T. Davis 262 59.9 38
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Missouri J. Porter 122 26 96
Texas A&M T. Davis 150 57 93
Assists Player  
Missouri J. Geist 47
Texas A&M D. Wilson 70
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Missouri Off vs  red bar Texas A&M Defense
blue bar 76.6 Points For
red bar 67.9 Points Against
blue bar 47.7 FG%
red bar 39.3 FG%
blue bar 34.5 Reb
red bar 31.3 Reb
red bar Texas A&M Off vs  blue bar Missouri Defense
red bar 76.4 Points For
blue bar 66.1 Points Against
red bar 46.4 FG%
blue bar 39.7 FG%
red bar 38.7 Reb
blue bar 26.8 Reb