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How and what to watch for No. 17 Missouri vs. Texas A&M preview

The Aggies will need an offensive explosion to keep pace with Mizzou.

Missouri Tigers forward Jeremiah Tilmon goes up for a shot while defended by Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Abdul Ado during the first half at Humphrey Coliseum.  Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday the 7-2 No. 17 Missouri Tigers head down to College Station to take on a struggling 7-4 Texas A&M Aggies team.

The Tigers lost their last game by a pretty large margin to Mississippi State, whom they seem to always struggle with no matter how good they are. This has been an impressive season for Mizzou, with a big win over a top-10 Illinois team at the time and a loss to a very good Tennessee team. But they’ll need to pick it up on offense if they want to make any real strides, averaging just 62 points per game over their last four.

Texas A&M is built on the production of Emmanuel Miller, who is leading the team in points and boards. If he has a bad night, there’s not really anybody who has shown they can pick up that slack in those two major categories. Even with him, the offense still struggles to score, averaging just 65 points per game and allowing just as many. They’ve lost three of their last five, with the wins coming in very close games and their losses in blowouts.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 17 Missouri vs. Texas A&M on Saturday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, or you can watch via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Missouri -4
Point Total: 130
Money line: Missouri (-190), Texas A&M (+155)

The Best Bet

We get why the total is a bit low here, but it’s a bit too low for our liking. The Tigers should be able to speed up the Aggies enough to get over this number, with both teams combining to average 137 points per game this season.

Pick: Over 130

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