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Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas A&M Aggies - 3/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas A&M Aggies (28-8) at Oklahoma Sooners (27-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:37 pm (Honda Center)

The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -2 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Texas A&M Aggies will play the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 27-7 (12-6) and are the #2 seed in the West Region. Oklahoma is coming off of wins against Cal State Bakersfield by a score of 82-68 and VCU by a score of 85-81 in their first 2 games of the tournament. Buddy Hield led Oklahoma with 36 points and 7 rebounds in their win against VCU. Oklahoma tied VCU in rebounding, but was able to add 10 assists in their victory. Oklahoma is averaging 80.4 points per game while giving up 70.4 points per game. Oklahoma is also averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game. Buddy Hield is averaging 25.4 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game for Oklahoma. Isaiah Cousins is averaging 13.1 points per game and 4.5 assists per game for the Sooners. Oklahoma is shooting 72.5% on free throws, 42.5% on three-pointers, and 46% on all field goal attempts.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas A&M Aggies - 3/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas A&M Aggies are 28-8 (13-5) and are the #3 seed in the West Region. Texas A&M is coming off of wins against Green Bay by a score of 92-65 and Northern Iowa by a score of 92-88 in their first 2 games of the tournament. Texas A&M was able to overcome a 12-point deficit with 44 seconds left to force overtime, which they eventually won in the second overtime period. Alex Caruso led Texas A&M with 25 points and 9 rebounds against Northern Iowa. Texas A&M out rebounded Northern Iowa by a total of 50-39 and added 8 assists in their win. Texas A&M is averaging 75.9 points per game while giving up 65 points per game. Texas A&M is also averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and 17.1 assists per game. Danuel House is averaging 15.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for Texas A&M. Jalen Jones is averaging 15.4 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Aggies. Texas A&M is shooting 67.5% on free throws, 34.8% on three-pointers, and 45.3% on all field goal attempts.

Texas A&M is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games. The over is 5-1 in Texas A&M’s last 6 games. Oklahoma is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the SEC. The under is 10-2 in Oklahoma’s last 12 games. The under is 11-3 in these two teams last 14 meetings.

Texas A&M pulled out one of the best comebacks in NCAA history against Northern Iowa, while Oklahoma had to fight off a pesky VCU team in the last round. Oklahoma is the higher scoring team, while Texas A&M is the better defensive team. Texas A&M is a vulnerable team, which we saw in the first 39 minutes of their last game. Oklahoma has impressed me this year and should be able to win as long as Buddy Hield has a decent game. I like Oklahoma here. 

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