Coming off an exciting 73-64 win over the #5 Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday, the Missouri Tigers basketball team was flying high. That was until they faced a desperate Texas A&M team in College Station on Saturday and lost, 96-86.
Texas A&M played Missouri style basketball in the first half by getting turnovers, fast break points and production from the bench. The Aggies jumped out of the gate quickly and a lethargic Missouri team could not keep up. A&M led 51-29 at the half.
The Tigers fell behind by as much as 26 in the second half, but had a chance to win the game at the end because they finally forced turnovers and capitalized on them.
Missouri had a good day from the field, shooting 52% from the field and an incredible 55% from 3-point land. Sadly, the Tiger defense looked non-existent and the Aggies couldn't miss anything; they shot an incredible 62% from the field.
Chalk this one up to facing the wrong team at the wrong time. A&M was a team celebrating senior day and also looking for a big win for their tournament resume. Couple that with one of the best home crowds in the Big XII and you get what happened today. Texas A&M moved to 23-8 with the win. The Tigers record now stands at 25-6.
This may be a humbling loss for the Tigers, showing them that they have to play every game like they did against Oklahoma.
Some positives from this game include the play of Justin Safford, DeMarre Carroll and Zaire Taylor. Safford got a lot of late minutes in place of Leo Lyons and made the most of his time by scoring 12 points, including 3 treys. Carroll actually worked the post and got easy layups while Zaire Taylor was the most solid player on both ends of the court.
Next up for the Tigers is the Big XII tournament. If Oklahoma wins against Oklahoma State today, they will earn the #2 seed for the tournament, but if they lose Missouri will claim the #2 seed. It remains a big possibility that the Tigers will get another chance at the Aggies in the second round. Either way, the Tigers will be playing at 6:00 or 8:30 on Thursday, March 12th.