Texas A&M 86, Missouri 71

David Loubeau scored Texas A&M’s first eight points and got

the Aggies off to a quick start en route to an 86-71 victory over

Missouri Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12

tournament.

Loubeau and B.J. Holmes combined for 31 points in a first half

that ended with A&M leading 46-33 over a team it squeaked past

91-89 in overtime on Jan. 15. They each finished with 20.

The Tigers (23-10), who have lost eight in a row to A&M,

will nervously await Sunday’s announcement by the NCAA tournament

selection committee. Ranked as high as ninth earlier this season,

they’ve dropped three of their last four and fallen completely out

of the poll.

In Friday night’s semifinals, the third-seeded Aggies (24-7)

will hook up with ancient enemy and second-seeded Texas in the

220th game between the two, the most-played rivalry in Texas

A&M history.