#21 Texas A&M Aggies (17-8; 11-11 ATS; 11-11 O/U) vs. Missouri Tigers (17-8; 13-11 ATS; 10-14 O/U)
The Missouri Tigers will collide with the Texas A&M Aggies in a battle of two hot SEC teams Tuesday night from the Mizzou Arena. The Aggies recorded a solid 85-74 home win against Kentucky on Saturday, and the Tigers are coming off an 89-85 overtime win against Mississippi State in their previous action. Texas A&M recorded a 60-49 home win against Missouri last month.
Red-Hot Aggies Take Down Kentucky
The Texas A&M Aggies accumulated 59 points in the second half in their convincing 85-74 home win against #24 Kentucky on Saturday to even their conference record to 6-6. The Aggies converted on 47% of their field goals and held Kentucky to a 45% shooting performance. Robert Williams recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. The sophomore forward is playing well, posting at least a 60% clip from the field in eight straight games, and is currently averaging 10.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Aggies’ leading scorer Tyler Davis chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds in Saturday’s win. The 6-foot-10 junior center is playing well defensively, recording four blocks in his last two games, and he is up to 14.3 points and a team-leading 8.8 boards per game.
The Aggies have found a groove offensively in their current four game winning streak, scoring at least 80 points in all four games. They have recovered nicely after a rough start to SEC play due to injuries and suspensions, and are back in the top 25 rankings at #21. Texas A&M is 1-5 in their six SEC road games which included a win against #8 Auburn in their latest road contest. They are scoring an average of 75.9 points per game, ranking them 120th overall. The Aggies are holding opponents to 68.3 points, placing them 77th overall.
Missouri Holds on For Fourth Straight Win
The Missouri Tigers squandered a large, late lead but persevered in overtime for an 89-85 home win against Mississippi State on Saturday to improve their conference record to 7-5. The Tigers were able to sink 48% of their shots, and held the Bulldogs to a 44.9% shooting performance. Tigers’ leading scorer Kassius Robertson was outstanding, collecting 22 points which included a 5 for 11 performance from beyond the arc. The senior guard is in a groove, scoring at least 20 points in five out of his last six games, and is now up to 16.6 points on 42.6% shooting. Jordan Barnett contributed with 15 points and eight rebounds in Saturday’s victory. The senior forward has only reached double-digits in points in two out of his last five games, bringing his season average to 13.6 points to go with six rebounds per game.
The Tigers have played outstanding defense in three of their four wins in their current four game winning streak. They have moved up to fourth in the SEC standings and they have won four of their six conference home games. Missouri is placed at 38th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. They are scoring an average of 74.2 points per game, ranking them 173rd overall. They are holding opponents to 67.4 points, good for 58th in the nation.
The Texas A&M Aggies are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Missouri.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between the Aggies and Tigers.
The Missouri Tigers are:
- No Key Trends
I am siding with Texas A&M in this matchup. The Aggies are looking very tough to beat right now, riding a four game winning streak which included wins against Auburn and Kentucky. They are red-hot offensively, averaging 82.3 points in their four game winning streak, and I am confident they can crack the Tigers defense. Furthermore, Missouri is not a high-scoring team, and they will be up against a stifling Texas A&M defense that is limiting opponents to a 39.7% field goal percentage. The Aggies held Missouri to 27.8% shooting in their 60-49 win in the first meeting, and I am confident they are the play in this one.