The sound of clank after clank at Reed Arena Tuesday night was upsetting, but it’s become all too familiar.
Another game, same story.
Missouri could not shoot the basketball to save its life, dropping what turned into an ugly 17-point loss on the road to Texas A&M.
The loss drops the Tigers to 10-12 (2-7), while the Aggies improve to 11-10 (5-4).
The only positive to take away from tonight? Rally for Rhyan is Saturday. That’s exciting. Missouri has never found a way to lose that game. Cuonzo Martin was whistled for a technical foul, a plus for those who believes the coach is too patient with referees and perceived bad calls. And Jeremiah Tilmon returned to the lineup.
Negatives? Well, just about everything else.
Not one Missouri player scored in double-figures. The closest was Mitchell smith, who finished with nine points as Missouri’s leading scorer. Now sure, Texas A&M struggled mightily offensively for most of the game, but it had three players score in double-figures.
One of them was that Josh Nebo fellow that kept getting his name called by the announcers.
For Missouri, the struggles were everywhere. Dru Smith did not make a field goal and had just four points. Torrence Watson went an ugly 1-9 from three, and the struggles continue for the sophomore.
The Tigers turned the ball over 17 times, and shot 29.8% from the field. Not from three... from the field. Kiss any chance of winning conference games on the road goodbye with those numbers.
For a while, the game was competitive. Then, it was nearly on level terms. Missouri was within two points at the 13:41 mark, trailing 33-31, when Emmanuel Miller rose for a dunk.
After that, Missouri scored all of 10 points the remainder of the way. Josh Nebo powered the way for the Aggies with 13 points down the stretch. The small crowd at Reed Arena was loving every bit of it.
Now that Tilmon is back in the lineup, Missouri might be able to improve on the court. The junior saw limited minutes Tuesday, but will be worked back into the lineup. According to Coach Martin, he was not yet back to practicing with the team, so there’s a sliver of hope there. It is really hard to get worse than this. The Tigers have nine conference games remaining.