SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Texas A&M at Missouri

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Texas A&M visits Missouri on Tuesday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Texas A&M 0.398 0.255 0.677 158 554 174 103 57 227
Texas A&M OPP 0.390 0.304 0.718 182 574 222 106 43 231
Missouri 0.425 0.312 0.757 177 592 203 131 48 244
Missouri OPP 0.391 0.297 0.772 150 554 180 97 62 265

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Statistical Leaders

Texas A&M Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Josh Nebo Texas A&M 12.5 65 57 0
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 11.1 66 21 24
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 8.3 46 14 10
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 7.6 37 28 19
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 7.1 31 35 16
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 6.7 30 39 8
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 4.5 27 18 0
Mark French Texas A&M 2.1 11 5 7
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 1.9 10 5 0
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 1.3 8 4 0

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Josh Nebo Texas A&M 45 67 112 7.5
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 23 72 95 5.9
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 24 52 76 4.8
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 4 42 46 2.9
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 8 37 45 2.8
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 6 31 37 2.3
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 13 23 36 2.3
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 4 28 32 2.3
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 8 16 24 1.8
Mark French Texas A&M 1 12 13 0.8

Missouri Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Dru Smith Missouri 11.8 66 55 13
Mark Smith Missouri 11.4 60 31 42
Xavier Pinson Missouri 7.5 39 41 9
Javon Pickett Missouri 7.4 51 14 9
Kobe Brown Missouri 6.6 45 11 11
Torrence Watson Missouri 4.8 26 8 21
Mitchell Smith Missouri 4.5 25 12 10
Reed Nikko Missouri 3.1 19 12 0
Tray Jackson Missouri 2.4 10 12 2

Missouri Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Mark Smith Missouri 6 73 79 4.6
Dru Smith Missouri 20 53 73 4.3
Javon Pickett Missouri 26 42 68 4.0
Mitchell Smith Missouri 16 44 60 3.8
Kobe Brown Missouri 20 34 54 3.2
Jeremiah Tilmon Missouri 23 28 51 4.3
Reed Nikko Missouri 21 18 39 2.4
Xavier Pinson Missouri 8 25 33 1.9
Torrence Watson Missouri 2 24 26 1.5
Tray Jackson Missouri 5 18 23 1.6
Parker Braun Missouri 2 11 13 1.1
Mario McKinney Jr. Missouri 5 6 11 1.6
Evan Yerkes Missouri 1 1 2 0.7
Axel Okongo Missouri 0 1 1 0.3

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Mizzou Arena
Mizzou Arena

NCAA RPI

Texas A&M: 146

Missouri: 75

Texas A&M Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jay Jay Chandler G 6′-4″ 180 JR Katy, TX
1 Savion Flagg G 6′-7″ 223 JR Alvin, TX
2 TJ Starks G 6′-2″ 208 JR Dallas, TX
3 Quenton Jackson G 6′-5″ 171 JR Los Angeles, CA
5 Emanuel Miller F 6′-7″ 213 FR Scarborough, ON
10 Everett Vaughn F 6′-10″ 237 FR Bellaire, TX
11 Wendell Mitchell G 6′-3″ 183 SR Rockdale, TX
12 Mark French G 5′-8″ 162 SR Frisco, TX
13 Cashius McNeilly G 6′-4″ 191 FR Scarborough, ON
15 Jonathan Aku F 6′-10″ 245 FR McKinney , TX
20 Andre Gordon G 6′-2″ 185 FR Sidney, OH
21 Zach Walker G 6′-4″ 195 SO Deer Park, TX
25 Bakari Simmons F 6′-4″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
31 Luke McGhee F 6′-10″ 250 SO San Antonio, TX
32 Josh Nebo F 6′-9″ 245 SR Houston, TX
35 Yavuz Gultekin F 6′-7″ 201 FR Cumberland, MD

Missouri Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Torrence Watson G 6′-5″ 205 SO St. Louis, MO
1 Xavier Pinson G 6′-2″ 170 SO Chicago, IL
2 Tray Jackson F 6′-8″ 215 FR Detroit, MI
4 Javon Pickett G 6′-5″ 220 SO Belleville, IL
5 Mitchell Smith F 6′-10″ 221 JR Van Buren, AR
10 Evan Yerkes G 6′-3″ 187 SO Tinley Park, IL
11 Mario McKinney Jr. G 6′-2″ 185 FR St. Louis, MO
12 Dru Smith G 6′-3″ 203 JR Evansville, IN
13 Mark Smith G 6′-5″ 220 JR Edwardsville, IL
14 Reed Nikko F 6′-10″ 240 SR Maple Grove, MN
15 Axel Okongo F 7′-0″ 240 JR Saacy-sur-Marne, France
23 Jeremiah Tilmon F 6′-10″ 260 JR East Saint Louis, IL
24 Kobe Brown F 6′-7″ 240 FR Huntsville, AL
25 Brooks Ford G 6′-0″ 187 SO St. Louis, MO
42 Parker Braun F 6′-8″ 217 FR Overland Park, KS

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Scouting Report


Texas A&M (8-8, 2-3 SEC) fell to South Carolina 81-67 on Saturday in College Station. This game was simply a case of the Gamecocks raining threes on the Aggies. The Gamecocks hit on an amazing 16 of 30 shots from beyond the arc. A&M, meanwhile, made just three of 14 shots from 3-point range. Interestingly, as hot as Gamecocks were, the Aggies were able to hang around for quite a while. South Carolina led 39-33 at the half. With just under 10 minutes remaining in the game the lead was just 4 at 57-53. USC added three more 3-pointers in final 3 minutes of the game, including one with 35 seconds to play, to add to their margin of victory. Carolina had five different players make three or more three pointers. Jair Bolden led the Gamecocks in scoring with 19 points. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point land. Big man Josh Nebo led the Aggies with 18 points, most of those points came at in the paint or at the line. A&M struggled in all shooting areas with just 40.9% (18/44) from the field, 21% from 3-point range (3/14) and 68.3% of free throws (28/41).

Forward Josh Nebo leads the Aggies in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). Six-foot-7 guard Savion Flagg is the team’s second leading scorer (11.1). A&M’s biggest strength is its defense. The Aggies currently limit opponents to just 62.8 points a game. That’s fourth best in the SEC. Texas A&M is fourth in the conference in field goal defense (39.0%) and have fallen from second to sixth over the past few games in 3-point defense (30.4%). The Aggies are last in the SEC in scoring offense scoring just 60.8 points a contest. They are 14th in the league in both field goal accuracy (39.8%) and 14th in 3-point accuracy (25.5%). The Aggies rank at or near the bottom of the SEC in most of the other SEC statistical categories.

Missouri (9-8, 1-4 SEC) fell to Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Missouri led this game through the first five minutes of the game but with 15:25 to play in the first half the Tide 8-7 lead and would never trail again. Bama led 47-40 at the half. In the second half Mizzou narrowed the Alabama lead to 63-60 with 11:39 to play but couldn’t retake the lead. Bama out-shot the Tigers from the field (45%-31%) and 3-point range (33%-25%). Alabama also made over 80% of its free throws. One bright spot for the Tigers, Mizzou hit 31 of 31 free throws. John Petty Jr. led the Crimson Tide in scoring with 20 points. Petty made 4 of 10 from 3-point range. Dru Smith paced the Tigers with 18 points.

Guard Dru Smith leads the Tigers in scoring (11.8 ppg). He also is No. 1 in the SEC in steals with 41 and is over 88% for his free throws. Another Smith, guard Mark Smith, is the second leading scorer (11.4 ppg). Mark also is the rebounding leader of the team (4.6 rpg). There is a third Smith on the team, forward Mitchell Smith. Missouri is among the worst teams in the SEC in scoring offense averaging just 67.3 points per contest. However, the Tigers are the second best team in the league in scoring defense, allowing just 61.4 points a game. Mizzou is No. 5 in the SEC in field goal defense (39.1%) and No. 3 in 3-point defense (29.7%).

This one is tough to predict. Two very similar teams battle in Columbia, Mo., in a fight to avoid being 13th place in the league at the end of the season (ahead of Vandy). A&M has actually shown some improvement over the past few games. Mizzou knocked off a very good Florida team a couple weeks ago in Columbia. Give the home team the edge here but anything can happen.

Texas A&M-Missouri Prediction

Missouri 60, Texas A&M 58


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT). TV: ESPNU.

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