College Basketball on Thursday and we will see the Missouri Tigers travel to the Lone Star State to take on the Texas A&M Aggies. The game is scheduled for a 9:00 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised on ESPN 2. Currently the odds for the game have Missouri favored by 3 points while the total sits at 129.5. Check out Sportsbook Spy to see who the Public is taking on all of today's games.
Analysis: Missouri will try to solve its road woes when the 20th-ranked Tigers visit Texas A&M for the former Big 12 rivals' first meeting as SEC opponents. The Tigers have been outstanding at home, but they are 0-4 on the road and have lost their first three conference road games. The Tigers boast one of the most balanced lineups in the nation, with five players averaging double-digit scoring. A sixth, guard Keion Bell, scores 9.8 points per game and has averaged 15 points on 61 percent shooting over his past five games. Senior forward Laurence Bowers (16.1 points, 6.6 rebounds) leads the team in scoring, but Jabari Brown (15.1 points) has been the Tigers' top offensive player in conference play. Preseason SEC Player of the Year Phil Pressey (12.1 points, 7.2 assists) and Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi (10.4 points, 8.2 rebounds) also average double digits, along with reserve Earnest Ross (10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds).
The Aggies are trying to avoid a fourth consecutive home loss after a 72-68 overtime defeat to Kentucky on Saturday. Texas A&M has dropped five of its last six since a 2-0 start to conference play. The Aggies lack the offensive firepower to win a shootout with Missouri. Texas A&M is averaging a modest 63.1 ppg, but has been much more effective on the defensive end, limiting foes to just 59.4 ppg, while earning a +3.1 rebounding margin. Elston Turner is by far the team's top offensive threat, He leads the team in scoring at 15.7 ppg, helped by a team-high 49 3-pointers. Harris is next in the scoring column at 11.0 ppg. Ray Turner is the team's best option in the frontcourt, delivering on 55.2 percent of his shots and averaging 9.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Free Pick: Gonna be brief and go with the Over in this one. The Aggies don't have much offense, but Missouri's defense has been struggling some of late and they play an uptempo game, which gives us an excellent shot at at 130+ points here. I look for at least 135 points to be scored here.
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