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Missouri heads to Texas A&M hoping to further burnish is tourney bona fides

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Next up for Cuonzo Martin’s consistently resilient Mizzou squad? A trip to Texas A&M (Saturday, 3:00 p.m. CT, ESPN2).

Matt told you earlier this week about the Aggies’ spectacular funk — Billy Kennedy’s squad began SEC play 0-5 and has fallen from fourth in KenPom to a current 31st. They did beat Ole MIss on Tuesday, but by only two points at home.

This is a dangerous situation in that A&M is extremely talented and increasingly desperate. That can be a pretty tough combination for an opponent to deal with.

Still, you’d rather play A&M now than about two months ago; hopefully the Aggies don’t choose Saturday to pull off a big rebound.

A&M doesn’t force turnovers, but the Aggies force you to take bad shots, and they hit the offensive glass hard. It’ll be a scrap.

When asked Wednesday night if he’s watched his team’s upcoming opponent — the Texas A&M Aggies — Cuonzo Martin nodded his head in a swift, yet subtle, manner.

“I’ve seen ‘em, now,” Missouri’s first-year coach said. “They have length, athleticism and guards that can play. (We’ve) got to go fight.”

A win in College Station would move Mizzou to 4-2 in conference play and 14-5 overall. More importantly, it would further burnish the Tigers’ tourney bona fides, which got better following Wednesday’s win over Tennessee.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has Mizzou projected as a 10-seed in his latest Bracketology. I don’t even have to tell you who the projected two-seed in Mizzou’s region is.


(For whatever it’s worth, CBS’ Jerry Palm had Mizzou a 10-seed before the Tennessee win.)

Lunardi still loves the SEC. He continues to have eight league teams in the field, with only Alabama particularly close to the cut-off line and Georgia one of the first four out. Deep as hell. And Mizzou’s holding its own so far.

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  • Needless to say, the win won’t hurt Mizzou’s tourney prospects, and the Tigers are already in position to host in the first two rounds: