Texas A&M Aggies vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs NIT Tournament - 3/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (26-8) at Texas A&M Aggies (21-11)
College Basketball: Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Reed Arena)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas A&M Aggies meet the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in the second round of the NIT.
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Incarnate Word did not participate in the WAC tournament and proved they still have a long mountain to climb after a complete second half meltdown in an 83-68 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in an NIT opener. The Cardinals led by five at the halfway point but were dominated over the final 20 minutes 49-29 with the Ragin’ Cajuns allowing 40% shooting while sinking shots in the 53.6% range while owning a 16-8 advantage at the foul line. When the smoke cleared Bryce Washington had burned the Cardinals for 25 points on 11-14 from the floor followed by Hayward Register with 12 points on four bombs. Shawn Long did everything with eleven points, nine rebounds and five helpers while Jonathan Stove and Kasey Shepherd combined for 17 points.
After a brutal finish in the Big Sky championship where Montana scored five points in the last five minutes of a loss to Eastern Washington, the Grizzlies were pounded 81-64 by the Texas A&M Aggies. This one was competitive for the first 20 minutes where the Aggies lead was just five before owning both ends of the floor in the second half. Montana hit at 40% and connected on 13-35 from beyond the arc but that was no match for Texas A&M who fired away at 58% which was more then enough to win going away. Jalen Jones gave the offense a contest high 25 points and eight boards on 10-14 marksmanship while Alex Robinson and Jordan Green netted 15 points apiece and combined for eleven boards and 14 assists. Peyton Allen rounded out the top contributors with 12 points.
For the sake of argument Louisiana Tech is the better offensive team and Texas A&M has the better defense although neither is that far ahead of the other. I tend to look at the respective conferences and the strength of schedule of each team and I think everyone would agree that the SEC is the tougher league. We’ll see what the odds maker thinks when the line comes out so please check back…