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Men’s Basketball Faces Texas A&M Tuesday Night

Tamar Bates

Missouri (8-10, 0-5 SEC) at Texas A&M (11-7, 2-3 SEC)
Game Details Tuesday, Jan. 23 • 8 p.m. • College Station, Texas • Reed Arena
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The Missouri men’s basketball hits the road for the first of two games outside the Show Me State this week, meeting Texas A&M. Tipoff on Tuesday night is set for 8 p.m. on SEC Network.
• Missouri is 8-10 during the 2023-24 season with a 0-5 record in SEC play.
• The Tigers are coming off a 79-67 loss to Florida on Saturday despite Tamar Bates scoring a career-best 36 points.
• Graduate guard Sean East II leads Mizzou with 15.9 points per game this season in addition to a team-best 3.7 assists per game.
• Bates is now second with 12.7 points per game, while Noah Carter (12.4) and Nick Honor (10.7) also score in double figures.
• Carter also leads all active Tigers with 5.4 boards.
• Mizzou is averaging 75.1 points per game, while allowing 74.2 defensively.
• Texas A&M owns an 11-7 record with a 2-3 mark in SEC action.
• The Aggies have won two of their last three games, coming off a 73-69 win at LSU.
• Wade Taylor IV leads the Aggies with 19.5 points and 3.9 assists per game.
• Tyrece Radford (13.2) and Henry Coleman III (11.3) also score in double figures.
• Coleman adds a team-best 7.6 rebounds.
• Texas A&M owns a scoring offense of 74.7 points with a scoring defense of 68.8.
• In a series that dates back to 1969 and has been played annually since 1996-97, Texas A&M holds a slight all-time edge over the Tigers, 24-20.
• Last season, the Aggies earned a pair of victories over the Tigers – posting an 82-64 home win before a 69-60 win at Mizzou Arena.
• Mizzou has won two of its last three at Reed Arena and three of its last five, however.
• Tamar Bates is not only coming off a career-best day but the best individual performance by a Tiger in SEC action.
• Bates set two MU records in SEC play with his 36 points and 13 made field goals.
• Overall, Bates’ 36 points are the most by a Tiger in a regulation game since Arthur Johnson tallied 37 versus Kansas in 2004.
• In addition, Bates is the first Tiger to score more than half of the team’s points in a game since Derrick Chievous tallied 33 in a 64-63 setback at Cal in 1986.
• Saturday’s game was just an example of what Tamar Bates has been doing as of late.
• Bates has scored in double digits in each of the last eight games – he had never gone more than two-straight with 10-plus points prior to the run.
• Over the eight-game stretch, Bates is tallying 19.6 points per game – an increase of more than 12 points from the season’s first 10 contests.
• Bates has raised his season scoring average to 12.7 points this season, ranking second on MU.
• Shooting efficiency is the key to success for junior Tamar Bates in 2023-24.
• Bates owns career-best marks with a 56.3 field goal percentage, 47.7 3-point percentage and 94.0 free-throw percentage.
• The junior currently ranks 16th nationally with a true-shooting clip of 68.8.
• In fact, Bates is the only player in the SEC shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3 and 90 percent from the line.
• He is also on target to become the first Tiger in school history to join the 50-40-90 club.
• During his eight-game run, Bates is averaging 1.74 points per field-goal attempt.
• The team’s leading scorer this season, Sean East II is capable of doing it all for Mizzou.
• With 15.9 points per game, East has led the Tigers in scoring in half of the team’s 18 games.
• The graduate guard, however, has also posted team-best totals in assists in 11 of the last 13 games and in rebounds in the last five contests.
• Overall, East ranks ninth in the SEC with 3.7 assists per game, while adding 3.5 rebounds from the guard position.
• The deep looks have not gone in for the Tigers as of late, leading to their 0-5 conference start.
• In the last seven games, Mizzou has made just 26.8 percent of its 3-point shots – a decrease of nearly 10 percent from the year’s first 11 games.
• Mizzou is 6-3 when making at least 33.3 percent of its triples this year (2-7 with less). MU has hit that mark just twice in its past nine games (did so in seven of the first eight contests).

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics