UCLA vs. Texas A&M - 11/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas A&M Aggies (4-1) at UCLA Bruins (6-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: UCLA Bruins -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas A&M Aggies and 14th ranked UCLA Bruins will face off at Titan Gym in the Championship game of the Wooden Legacy this Sunday night.
The Texas A&M Aggies improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies, 68-65, this past Friday. Texas A&M was down by a 38-25 margin at halftime however, used a strong defensive 2nd half to fight back and secure the come from behind victory. Texas A&M shot 46.2% from the field and held the Hokies to just 36.7% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Aggies was DJ Hogg who had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Texas A&M is averaging 74.8 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 30.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas A&M has been led by DJ Hogg (15.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.0 apg), Tyler Davis (12.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.4 apg), Admon Gilder (11.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.2 apg, 1.8 spg), and Robert Williams (10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.6 bpg). Defensively, Texas A&M is holding their opponents to an average of 60.0 ppg on 35.0% shooting from the field. The Aggies are ranked 25th in the country in rebound margin at 10.0 and averaging 6.8 bpg.
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The 14th ranked UCLA Bruins improved to 6-0 on the season after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 82-71, this past Friday. UCLA allowed Nebraska to fight back into the game after taking a 38-25 lead however, held of the Cornhuskers late to stay perfect on the season. UCLA shot 51.6% from the field and 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bruins was Thomas Welsh who had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, UCLA is averaging 100.7 ppg on 55.8% shooting from the field. The Bruins are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 45.0 shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UCLA has been led by TJ Leaf (17.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Bryce Alford (17.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 apg), Isaac Hamilton (16.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.2 apg), and Lonzo Ball (16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 9.0 apg). Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to average 76.7 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. UCLA have a rebound margin of 5.8 and average an incredible 25.0 apg.
The Aggies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Bruins are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.
Texas A&M is once again one of the better SEC teams this season led by their strong defensive and outstanding frontcourt of Tyler Davis and Robert Williams. UCLA has been arguably the best offensive team in the country and has one of the best freshman in College Basketball in Lonzo Ball who had made an immediate impact for the Bruins. Texas A&M’s defensive will provide UCLA with their hardest test so far this season, however, the Bruins just have too many weapons on the perimeter that Texas A&M will be able to cover. I’m taking UCLA to cover this small spread.