Aggie Basketball Game #26:
No. 21 Texas A&M (17-8; 6-6 SEC) at Missouri (17-8; 7-5 SEC)
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 • 6 p.m. (CT)
Mizzou Arena (15,061) • Columbia, Mo.
TELEVISION: ESPNU (For more info – 12thMan.com/TV)
Richard Cross, Play-by-Play
Sean Farnham, Commentary
RADIO: WTAW 1620 AM (Bryan-College Station)
Dave South, Play-by-Play
Mike Caruso, Commentary
SATELLITE RADIO: Sirius Ch. 138 / XM Ch. 381
LIVE AUDIO/STATS: 12thman.com/live
LIVE MOBILE LIVE STATS: tamustats.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Riding the momentum of four consecutive victories, No. 21 Texas A&M faces a mid-week road test Tuesday night when the Aggies pay a visit to Mizzou Arena for a 6 p.m. showdown against Missouri.
The contest will be televised on ESPNU with Richard Cross calling the play-by-play action and Sean Farnham providing color commentary. Additionally, radio coverage will be available on the Aggie Sports Network, which can be heard locally in the Bryan/College Station area on WTAW (1620 AM).
Fresh off back-to-back wins over ranked foes, last Wednesday at No. 8 Auburn and Saturday at home over No. 24 Kentucky, the Aggies are back in the national rankings where they appear at No. 21 in this week’s AP Top 25.
Texas A&M (17-8, 6-6 SEC) have vaulted up the SEC standings and enter this week tied for sixth place, one game back of the Tigers (17-8; 7-5 SEC).
Missouri is riding its own four-game winning streak, having carded consecutive wins over Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Tigers will also be seeking to snap a seven-game Texas A&M winning streak in the series and avenge a 60-49 loss to the Aggies in College Station on Jan. 20.
SETTING THE SCENE / NOTABLES
• Texas A&M puts its four-game winning streak on the line Tuesday when the Aggies visit Missouri.
• Rookie TJ Starks was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging 20 points, three assists and 1.5 steals during the pair of wins over No. 8 Auburn and No. 24 Kentucky ... Starks shot 48.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from 3-point range last week.
• Starks made his first career start Jan. 27 at Kansas and in five games as a starter is averaging 15.2 points per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 57.9 percent from long distance.
• The Aggies' two-headed monster on the interior - Tyler Davis and Robert Williams - was honored late last week as the players were selected to the slimmed down watch list (10 players) for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award (Davis) and Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award (Williams).
• Davis has been Texas A&M's most consistent player this season, standing out as the only Aggie to start all 25 games ... in his last eight games, Davis has produced four double-doubles and is averaging 14.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per outing.
• In his last eight games, Williams has averaging 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest, while shooting 75.7 percent from the floor ... the Oil City, La., native has also racked up 23 blocked shots during the span with 11 assists and six steals.
• In other team news, the program announced Sunday the dismissal of JJ Caldwell and the indefinite suspension of Jay Jay Chandler for violations of Texas A&M Policy.
SERIES HISTORY VS. MISSOURI (A&M LEADS 18-16)
• Tuesday will be the 35th meeting between the Aggies and Tigers as well as their 12th as members of the SEC.
• Notably, Missouri lists the all-time series as 18-14 in favor of Texas A&M as the school was forced to vacate all of its wins (including two over the Aggies) during the 2013-14 season.
• Texas A&M is riding a seven-game winning streak over Missouri, last losing to the Tigers on March 13, 2014, in double overtime during the opening round of the SEC Tournament at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
• Earlier this season on Jan. 20, the Aggies defeated Mizzou 60-49 inside Reed Arena. Tonny Trocha-Morelos led the way with a game-high 14 points while Tyler Davis posted a double-double.
STARKS NAMED SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Rookie TJ Starks was honored Monday as SEC Freshman of the Week after helping the Aggies notch wins over No. 8 Auburn and No. 24 Kentucky.
Starks averaged 20 points, three assists and 1.5 steals during the pair of wins while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from 3-point range. Starks tied his career-high with 16 points in the opening period before finishing with a personal-best 23 on 8-of-12 shooting (4-of-5 from 3-point range) in the win at Auburn. Returning to the court against the Wildcats, Starks again paced the Aggies in scoring, finishing with 17 points.
The accolade was the fourth weekly recognition for Texas A&M this season after Admon Gilder was named SEC Player of the Week on Nov. 13, Savion Flagg SEC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 26 and Tyler Davis Co-SEC Player of the Week on Jan. 22.
A&M DEFENSE BY THE NUMBERS
Through games played on Feb. 10, Texas A&M stands out as one of the country's toughest defensive squads, checking in at 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (39.6). Additionally, A&M is ninth in defensive rebounds per game (29.16) and sixth in blocked shots per game (6.1).
Kenpom.com ranks the Aggies at No. 4 nationally in its adjusted defensive efficiency (92.8).
UP NEXT AFTER THE MISSOURI GAME
The Aggies travel to Fayetteville, Ark., where they will face Arkansas on Saturday inside Bud Walton Arena ... Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN.