No. 21 Missouri at Texas A&M
• WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Thursday at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas
• TV/RADIO: ESPN2; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT MISSOURI (16-5, 5-3 SEC): The Tigers are coming off a 91-77 win over Auburn on Saturday in which they got their offensive groove back, thanks to the high-level play of guards Keion Bell (24 points) and Earnest Ross (23 points). Point guard Phil Pressey did a nice job running the offense, racking up 10 assists in the win. He now needs just seven more assists to pass Anthony Peeler (497) for No. 1 on the MU career list. Saturdays game marked the third time this season Missouri had its full complement of players available. Missouri is still seeking its first road win of the season. The Tigers are currently 0-4 on the road.
• ABOUT TEXAS A&M (13-8, 3-5 SEC): Once upon a time, the Aggies appeared to be a threat to win the Southeastern Conference. A 2-0 start, which included a 12-point win over Kentucky, provided plenty of optimism. But Texas A&M has stumbled to a 1-5 record in conference play since. The Aggies are led offensively by senior guard Elston Turner, who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Aggies coach Billy Kennedy served as an assistant under Missouri coach Frank Haith at Miami, Fla. Kennedy is 0-4 against Missouri as a head coach.
• BOTTOM LINE: The Aggies are hardly world-beaters, but considering the Tigers road woes, this is far from a layup. Haith is adamant the Tigers need to be ready to execute offensively against a tough, physical team, and thats simply not something Missouri has proven it can do on the road. But perhaps Missouri can find a way to bottle up its explosive performance against Auburn on Saturday and take it to College Station. Its worth noting that two of Texas A&Ms losses are to Alabama and Georgia, teams the Tigers have already beaten handily.
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org