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Men’s basketball host Missouri on Military appreciation night

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Sophomore Guard Admon Gilder dribbles around the defender to reach the basket. 

As conference play continues for A&M Men’s basketball, the Aggies will host the Missouri Tigers Wednesday on Military appreciation night after defeating LSU on the road Saturday night 85-73. The Aggies improved to 12-10 and 4-6 in SEC play after the win. The Tigers come into Wednesday’s matchup at 6-16 and 1-9 in the SEC after winning their first conference game against Arkansas on Saturday.
The Tigers haven’t had too good of a year after starting the season 5-3, losing 13 straight games before snapping the streak on Saturday. Missouri is led by sophomore forward Kevin Puryear, junior forward Jordan Barnett and sophomore guard Terrence Phillips. Puryear is averaging 11.6 points and 6.6 rebounds leading the team in both categories. Barnett is a Texas transfer and averages 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Phillips is scoring 9.7 points a game and also averages a team-high 4.7 assists per game.
 “They’ve been really good a lot of games for 30 or 32 minutes and then get worn down some,” head coach Billy Kennedy said. “I think they’ll come out and play with great energy defensively, I think they’re a very good defensive team, we expect a 2-3 zone and we’ll see some different things against them.”
The Aggies are led by a trio of sophomores and a freshman. Center Tyler Davis, guard Admon Gilder, and forward DJ Hogg make up the trio with forward Robert Williams being the rookie. Davis comes into the game averaging 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, both of which lead the team. Gilder has barely left the court the last few games for the Aggies and averages 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists a game. Hogg is coming off a foot injury, but still averages 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
Williams has been the surprise of the year for A&M as the freshman has made his name known around the country and continues to shoot up mock draft boards. The 6’9 forward from Louisiana is averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks a game. Williams also broke the single season school record for blocks as he currently sits at 54 total.
“Coach told us [Missouri] has a strong inside game,” Williams said. “As far as our post players go, we haven’t been playing as good as we could so we need to step it up, and I feel like Missouri can challenge us to do that.” 
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Reed Arena and the matchup will be shown on the SEC Network. 

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