Texas A&M vs. Missouri - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Missouri Tigers (8-10) at Texas A&M Aggies (16-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Reed Arena)
The Line: Texas A&M Aggies -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN SEC Network
The Missouri Tigers will travel to Reed Arena to take on the 10th ranked Texas A&M Aggies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Missouri Tigers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-10 (1-4 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Georgia Bulldogs, 60-57, this past Wednesday. Georgia took a 50-34 lead with just under ten minutes left to play and although Missouri was able to cut the lead to just three-points with 55 seconds left the play, the Tigers couldn’t get any closer. Missouri struggled offensively in this one as they shot just 35.8% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc. The Tigers held the Bulldogs to 39.3% shooting from the field and was outrebounded by Georgia by a 43-32 margin. Leading the way for Missouri was Namon Wright who had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, the Tigers have been led by Kevin Puryear (11.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Wes Clark (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Namon Wright (8.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensviely, Missouri is averaging 69.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field and 32.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 5.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.00. Defensively, Missouri is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 41.4% shooting. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -0.3 and average 6.1 steals per game.
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The 10th ranked Texas A&M Aggies remained a perfect 6-0 in SEC play and improved to 16-2 on the season after defeating the LSU Tigers, 71-57, this past Tuesday. Texas A&M did a nice job of limiting the damage of freshman phenom, Ben Simmons and got a great game from their own Freshman in Tyler Davis to get the double-digit victory. Texas A&M shot 48.3% from the field and forced LSU to commit 19 turnovers. The Aggies held the Tigers to 37.3% shooting and had 10 steals in the win. Leading the way for Texas A&M was Tyler Davis who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Aggies have been led by Jalen Jones (17.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg), Danuel House (15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Tyler Davis (11.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensviely, Texas A&M is averaging 79.0 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field and 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Aggies average 8.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.53. Defensively, Texas A&M is holding their opponents to an average of 64.3 ppg on 39.6% shooting. The Aggies average 8.1 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 3.7.
The Tigers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss however, just 6-17-2 ATS in their last 25 road games. The Aggies are 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Missouri struggled last year posting just a 9-23 overall record and things aren’t looking much better for the Tigers this season as they continue to lack a go-to scorer and haven’t picked up a win away from home this season (0-7; 0-4 Away, 0-3 Neutral). Texas A&M was a popular pick to have a big season and they haven’t disappointed as they are one of the most complete teams in the country and get the job done on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Missouri has lost their four road games by an average of 18.75 ppg this season and as Texas A&M already has double-digit victories against Baylor and LSU this season at home, I think the Aggies will be win this one by about 20. Take Texas A&M to cover.