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Mizzou-Texas A&M Hoops Preview

The University of Missouri basketball team will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak against visiting Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon.

The University of Missouri basketball team returns home to Mizzou Arena after losing back-to-back road games against Arkansas and Mississippi to host No. 21 Texas A&M.

TEXAS A&M AT MISSOURI

When: 3 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia

TV: ESPNU

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

TEXAS A&M AGGIES (21-7, 10-5 SEC) 

G Anthony Collins 4.9 ppg, 4.9 apg 

G Alex Caruso 8.2 ppg, 4.9 apg 

G Danuel House 15.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg

F Jalen Jones 15.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg

F Tyler Davis 11.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg

MISSOURI TIGERS (10–18, 3-12 SEC) 

G Terrence Phillips 7.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg

G Cullen VanLeer 3.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg

G Namon Wright 9.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg

F Kevin Puryear 11.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg

F Ryan Rosburg 6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: 

Missouri has won its last two games at Mizzou Arena but lost 11 of its last 13 games overall. 

VanLeer, who has been starting since Wes Clark was dismissed from the team, suffered a left shoulder injury and may not be available to play. If he’s out, sophomore guard Tramaine Isabell and freshman guard K.J. Walton will need to take on more minutes. 

Isabell scored a career-high 17 points against Ole Miss and is averaging 11 points over his last three games since Clark was dismissed. 

Wright scored a season-high 20 points against the Rebels, including making six of his team’s 12 3-pointers in that contest. He’s averaging 13.4 points over his last five games and has reached double figures in scoring in six of his last seven games. 

Texas A&M earned a 66-53 victory against Missouri in the first meeting on Jan. 23 in College Station. Jones scored 20 points in that win and House added 17 points and seven assists.

The Aggies have won three straight games but are 3-5 on the road this season. 

Caruso is Texas A&M’s career leader in steals (260) and needs just three assists to take over the top spot in school history in that category also. He enters the game with 600, trailing only the 602 assists David Edwards dished out between 1991-94. 

Freshman forward D.J. Hogg is averaging 10 points per game during the Aggies’ three-game win streak.

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