Missouri Tigers vs. Texas A&M Aggies
The Missouri Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies face off on Thursday in Nashville for a round two SEC College Basketball Tournament game. The Tigers are -9 point favorites over the Aggies with an over/under point total set at 131.
The Missouri Tigers have put together a solid season as they look to get back to the NCAA Tournament to avenge their first round loss a year ago. Missouri is 11-7 in the SEC, 3-1 in neutral site games, but were just 2-8 on the road this season. As a team Missouri is averaging 77.2 points, 13.9 assists, and they are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points, 11.4 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Laurence Bowers is averaging 14.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, Jabari Brown is averaging 14 points, Phil Pressey is averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 assists, and Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. Missouri’s only two conference road wins were at Mississippi State and South Carolina.
The Texas A&M Aggies had an up and down first season in the SEC but on Wednesday they were able to hold off a stubborn Auburn team to advance to the second round in Nashville. Elston Turner had a big night on Wednesday with 22 points while Alex Caruso had 14. Kourtney Roberson had 11 points and seven rebounds and Fabyon Harris had 11 points and six rebounds but more importantly he hit five of six free throws down the stretch. Texas A&M split the season series with Missouri with each team winning at home and of course this is the first SEC Tournament for both of these teams as they came over from the Big 12.
Missouri is 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, 5-2 against the spread following a loss, and 3-9 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Texas A&M is 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, 0-4 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Texas A&M has covered the point spread in 11 of the last 14 meetings of these two.
Texas A&M hasn’t been strong in conference and I know in tournaments is where teams generally make a stand but as little of a believer I am in Missouri coach Frank Haith I still see the Tigers blowing the Aggies out here.
Missouri Tigers -9 Texas A&M Aggies