Aggie Hoops Preview: Texas A&M at Missouri

<b>Record:</b> 7-4, 0-0 Big 12<br> <b>Last action:</b> Beat Long Island, 89-93<br> <b>Up next:</b> Missouri (5-5, 0-1 Big 12) at Columbia, MO<br> <b>When:</b> Saturday, Jan. 10 at 12:30pm<br> <b>Radio:</b> Texas A&M Sports Network (www.AggieAthletics.com)<br> <b>TV:</b> ESPN Regional<br>

Of note: The Aggies set a Big 12 free throw accuracy record against Long Island, completing 23-of-24 (.958). In the last three games, A&M has made 85.0 percent from the line (51-of-60). The Aggies rank third in the Big 12 at 70.4 percent.

Who's hot: Missouri's leading scorer and rebounder, freshman Linas Kleiza. Kleiza is averaging 18 points and nine rebounds per game. Kleiza recorded a career-high 18 points against Belmont last week and repeated the score on Saturday with another 18 points and nine rebounds over Iowa State.

About Missouri: The Tigers, coming off a 65-70 conference loss against Iowa State, return four starters and seven lettermen from last year's 22-11 (9-7 Big 12) team. The Tigers were a preseason favorite to win the Big 12 under fifth-season Head Coach Quin Snyder. MU has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the polls this season, but has dropped four of their last five games, including their conference opener to Iowa State on Wednesday. Five Missouri players average in double figures in scoring.

Quotable Watkins: "As we move into conference play, it becomes a different game. We have been preaching about coming out and finishing games and we did that against Long Island. We will find out a lot about ourselves in the next couple of weeks against Missouri and Kansas and hopefully what we learn will be positive. Missouri is a very talented team with a lot of different weapons. They are a really good rebounding team and they can hurt you with their three-point shooting ability." Texas A&M Head Coach Melvin Watkins

Old friends: A&M senior forward Jesse King and Missouri senior center Arthur Johnson were close friends and teammates in high school (Pershing HS in Detroit).

Facing the foe: Saturday's conference game against Big 12 North Missouri marks the twelfth time the Aggies have played the Tigers, dating back to the series opener in 1969. Mizzou leads the series, 9-2 with a 4-0 record in games played at Columbia.


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