For the second game in a row, Texas A&M put together a stifling defensive effort, this time holding Mizzou to the lowest offensive output (43 points) in their arena’s history. When added to last week’s stellar defensive effort against Alabama (53 points), the Aggies have now kept their opponent to less than 100 total points over the last two games.
This was a relaxed evening of Aggie Hoops, and there are plenty of positive takeaways. Let’s get to it.
Tyler Davis, passer extraordinaire
Davis was doubled aggressively, as is tradition, but tonight he did perhaps his best job of the season passing out of the double team. They weren’t always backbreaking passes, as he only had one assist, but he almost always made the right decision when Mizzou sent the extra man.
The Tigers never stopped doubling Davis, evidenced by his limited shot attempts (6) and points (8), but he made them pay with his vision. When added to his 11 rebounds, it was an excellent all-around evening.
Trocha-Morelos heats up
It’s been a rough year for Tonny from beyond the arc, but he nailed 3-4 tonight en route to a career high 18 points. He gives the team an added dimension when he’s hitting from the outside, and he and Hampton (13 points, 3-6 3PT) were sorely needed during an uncharacteristically poor evening by Admon Gilder (9 points, 3/10 FG; 6 TO’s).
A special shout-out is also in order for Tavario Miller (6 points, 4 rebounds), Eric Vila (3 points, 3 rebounds), and Chase Carlton (3 assists, 0 TO’s) for making the most of their backup minutes. High energy, effective bursts from the bench guys are going to be an absolute must during the SEC Tournament in Nashville, and this was a great confidence boost for the second unit.
It’s about to get real, real quick
The first place Kentucky Wildcats are coming to town, and I get the sense they’re still pissed off about last year. It’s a team that may or may not have the SEC #1 seed locked up (pending mid-week results), so they’re likely going to bring their A game.
We can’t match up with the Wildcats on paper this year, but funny things tend to happen when the Wildcats come to Reed Arena.
- Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 68 (OT) - 2013
- Kentucky 70, Texas A&M 64 (2OT) - 2015
- Texas A&M 79, Kentucky 77 (OT) - 2016
If you’re in town this Saturday, I hope you’ll make it out for Senior Day and our best home opponent of the season.