|Texas A&M||E Turner 17.5||K Roberson 6.6||A Caruso 3.4|
|Missouri||L Bowers 14.6||A Oriakhi 8.6||P Pressey 7.1|
Missouri squares off against Texas A&M in the second round of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Tipoff is at 10:30 p.m. ET and you can catch it on SEC Network or ESPN3.com. The Tigers lost to the Aggies 70-68 on Feb. 7 and are 2-5 against them over the last four years.
The Tigers were defeated by Tennessee 64-62 on Mar. 9 despite 20 points and five rebounds from Laurence Bowers. At 14.6, he paces the team in points per game. In a 71-62 victory over Auburn on Mar. 13, Alex Caruso put up 14 points and six assists for the Aggies. With 3.4 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
There are two key statistical areas where Missouri has an advantage. The Tigers have the upper hand over the Aggies in rebounding, 41.2 per game to 33.3 per game. Missouri also has an advantage in scoring, 76.7 points per game to 63.7 points per game.
Texas A&M StatSmack
- The Missouri assist leader (Phil Pressey, 221 assists) has more assists than the Texas A&M assist leader (Alex Caruso, 106 assists).
- It's only wins and losses, but Missouri has a better overall record than Texas A&M this season (22-9 vs. 17-14).
- Missouri attacks the glass, with more rebounds (41.1 per game vs. 33.3 per game) than Texas A&M this season.
- Missouri has a stronger schedule (including future opponents) than Texas A&M this season (Projected SOS Rank: No. 59 vs. No. 70).
- Diaper Dandies love Missouri. Missouri has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Texas A&M (5 vs. 2).
- Phil Pressey is ranked 6th nationally in assists and 5th in the SEC in steals.
- Missouri has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (64.3 percent to 50.7 percent).
- AP voters think more highly of Missouri and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Texas A&M (94 vs. 78).
- The Missouri rebounding leader (Alex Oriakhi, 265 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Texas A&M rebounding leader (Kourtney Roberson, 205 rebounds).
- The Missouri blocks leader (Alex Oriakhi, 49 blocks) has more blocks than the Texas A&M blocks leader (Kourtney Roberson, 24 blocks).
- Missouri has more wins over the last 5 years than Texas A&M (145 vs. 128).