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7 p.m. Wednesday at Mizzou Arena
• TV/RADI O:
ESPN3.com; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT TEXAS A (17-12, 8-8 SEC) :
The Aggies might be without senior guard Fabyon Harris, who passed out at Saturday’s shoot-around before Texas A played Mississippi and was hospitalized until Monday for observation. Meanwhile, redshirt freshman guard Shawn Smith remains away from the team to deal with a personal issue. That didn’t stop Billy Kennedy’s club from roughing up the Rebels 71-60. … Texas A is a physical team that allows only 62.5 points, which ranks second behind Florida in the SEC.
• ABOUT MISSOURI (20-9, 8-8 SEC):
Here’s the bottom line on the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament chances: Missouri must win basketball games. The Tigers sit in the low to mid-50s depending on which RPI ranking is used. The best way to boost that is to win games. Plus, Missouri hopes to send out seniors Earnest Ross, who averages 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds, and Tony Criswell, a reserve forward who averages 4.1 points and 3.5 boards, in style. It also might be the last game at Mizzou Arena for juniors Jordan Clarkson, who leads the Tigers in assists (3.6), and Jabari Brown, who is bidding to become the first Missouri player to average at least 20 points in a season since Kareem Rush in 2000-01 (21.1).
• BOTTOM LINE: Texas A doesn’t shoot a great percentage, only 42.8 percent from the field on the year — good for 12th in the SEC. But the Aggies also rank third in the league in field-goal percentage defense (40.1). Missouri coach Frank Haith has preached the need for patience at both ends of the floor to break down A’s salty defense and manage a plodding, ball-screen heavy offense.