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This second round match up will be a very intriguing one, as Missouri looks to seek revenge for the 91-89 overtime loss in January. In this game, Khris Middleton scored 28 points, including 11 in overtime. He made crucial plays, including the game-tying shot and a last second steal in overtime.
The Aggies, still nationally ranked at 21, are just two games ahead of the Tigers in the conference.
Missouri has higher averages than Texas A&M in points per game (81.5 to 68.7), assists per game (16.6 to 13.5) and field goal percentage per game (46.4 percent to 44.4 percent). Texas A&M only outdoes Missouri in average rebounds per game (36.6 to 35.6).
Comparing the teams individually also swings in Missouri’s favor, as their top two individual performers outdo Texas A&M’s in average points per game, assists per game, and rebounds per game.
The numbers can only tell so much of a story, as both of these teams play extremely fast paced basketball. Missouri, who has had trouble closing big games this season, needs to make smarter decisions towards the end of the game. Turnovers were also a deciding factor in the previous game, as Texas A&M had only nine compared to Missouri's 12.
The Tigers will need to begin to begin play like they did in the 2009 tournament, which they ended up winning.