In the latest how the Texas A&M men’s basketball roster dwindles, the Aggies appear to be going into the SEC Tournament without leading scorer Jamal Jones.
Jones has had a 103 degree temperature the past two days and has not been at practice.
“He’s sick and we are trying to figure out how sick he is,” A&M coach Bily Kennedy said. “Hopefully he will get hydrated again and have a chance to play on Thursday. Right now I would say it’s doubtful.
The No. 9 seed A&M plays No. 8 seeded Missouri at noon in Atlanta.
The two teams will be playing for the second time in eight days, with the Tigers claiming a controversial 57-56 victory over the Aggies, who led for a majority of the game.
The task of avenging that loss and moving onto play top-seeded Florida would seem daunting at the very least without Jones, who had a team-high 16 points against Missouri, which is his average exactly in SEC play.
Jones has either led or tied for the lead in scoring in 10 of the Aggies last 11 games.
“Hopefully we’ll have Jamal practice tomorrow. Maybe he will be able to play Thursday, that’s what we are hoping on now,” Kennedy said. “Our post guys [Kourtney Roberson and Antwan Space] got to step up and we have Fabyon [Harris], he’s got to have a heck of a game. We are going to fight, I love our guys fight, and we will be excited to play. Obviously it’s not what you want but there have been a lot of things we didn’t want and all you can do is deal with the hand you are dealt and our guys have done a good job of doing that.”