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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

04:57 pm | February 9th, 2019

Texas A&M @ Missouri Game Preview

Ted Heydinger


This will probably be a shorter preview than normal since A&M played the Missouri Tigers three weeks ago and got embarrassed 66-43 at Reed Arena. Here is what I wrote about the Tigers before that game:

"On offense, guard Jordan Geist leads the Tigers with 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. He shoots 33.3% from deep and also swipes over a steal per contest on the defensive end. Geist gets help from backcourt partner Mark Smith who ships in 11.9 points and 1.7 assists per game and shoots 47% from three on 5.5 attempts per game. Smith is also a good rebounder for a 6'4 guard, pulling down 5.5 misses per game. 6'7 senior forward Kevin Puryear is a stretch big that averages 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and he shoots 42.4% from beyond the arc which is good for 7th in the SEC. Freshman guard Javon Pickett is using his scoring ability to push for more playing time. While he is averaging just 8.4 points per game, he makes several "wow" plays per game and is very good at attacking the basket. Finally, there is forward Jeremiah Tilmon. The 6'10 forward is the Tiger's most talented player, but he is only averaging 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. That because he gets into foul trouble easily and can't stay on the court."

Not much has changed since then. Timlon has done a better job staying on the court and had raised his scoring average a point so he now drops 10.7 points per game. Geist and Smith have also improved on offense, slightly raising their scoring averages, and the Tigers are still a very dangerous team from the three-point line, but that success hasn't translated to the win column. The Tigers are 1-4 since their last meeting with the Aggies with the lone win coming against Vanderbilt. That makes them 11-10 this year and 2-7 in the SEC.

The Aggies are also just 1-4 since getting drubbed by Missouri. Wendell Mitchell has emerged as a dangerous scorer and shooter for the Aggies, and A&M still has an advantage inside with Josh Nebo and Christian Mekowulu. Hopefully, Billy Kennedy's team learned from the last game and can slow down Geist and get Tilmon into foul trouble.


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