The Missouri Tigers (24-2) and Texas A&M Aggies (13-12) will face off in a Big 12 Conference affair Saturday afternoon inside Reed Arena in College Station, TX.
Missouri Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies
Missouri will be searching for its first win at Texas A&M since the 2001 season, while also looking to extend its six-game win streak. The Tigers are coming off an impressive 83-65 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys as 16-point home favorites. The program won the first meeting of the year by a 19-point margin, but head coach Frank Haith knows his squad is in for a battle this afternoon. “Texas A&M is playing a lot better, and will be in full force,” commented Haith. Missouri has dropped both opportunities against the spread as a road favorite of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Tigers have tallied a perfect 9-0 record against RPI Top-50 teams this year, which leads the country in victories in that particular category. Missouri is 5-2 overall on the road this season, including a 4-2 mark versus Big 12 opponents. Offensively, the team is led by a four-guard lineup that is dangerous on the perimeter, with the entire roster ranking third nationally in shooting 50.1 percent from the field. Senior guard Marcus Denmon ranks second in the conference in averaging 17.9 points per game.
Texas A&M will play its fourth top-five opponent of the season, which sets a new school record. The Aggies have lost 12 games overall this season, but six of those have come against teams that are currently ranked in the top 25 nationally. The program snapped a four-game losing streak last time out, capturing a 47-38 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 4.5-point road favorites. Total players will find that the team has gone “under” in four of its last five games. Texas A&M is 10-3 ATS versus conference opponents this year.
The Aggies lead the Big 12 in two defensive categories, which are scoring defense and 3-point field-goal percentage defense. Texas A&M will need a big game offensively from leading scorer Elston Turner, who averages 14.6 points per game, but scores 16.2 points a contest during conference action. Fans that pile into Reed Arena will be familiar with Missouri’s lead man, as Haith served as an assistant and associate head coach in College Stadium during the 1990’s.
Bettors will likely back the Aggies due to their 6-1 ATS mark as a home underdog of 7.0 to 12.5 points, while the Tigers are 1-4-1 ATS as a road favorite.
Recommendation: Texas A&M Aggies +7.5
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