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Texas A&M vs. LSU - 1/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LSU Tigers (9-5) at Texas A&M Aggies (8-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Reed Arena)

The Line: Texas A&M Aggies -9 -- Over/Under: 151.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC Network (ESPN)

The LSU Tigers will travel to Reed Arena to take on the Texas A&M Aggies this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The LSU Tigers dropped to 9-5 (1-2 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldgos, 95-78, this past Saturday. LSU had no answers on the defensive end and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 52-33 margin at halftime. LSU allowed Mississippi State to shoot 54.1% from the field and 50.0% (11-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Duop Reath who had a double-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and an assist. On the season, LSU is averaging 77.3 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, LSU has been led by Antonio Blakeney (17.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), Duop Reath (14.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg), Brandon Sampson (11.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Jalyn Patterson (5.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

Texas A&M vs. LSU - 1/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas A&M Aggies lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-6 (0-3 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the South Carolina Gamecocks, 79-68, this past Saturday. Texas A&M went into halftime with a 38-36 lead however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and allowed South Carolina to pick up the victory after their finished the game on a 19-9 run. Leading the way for the Aggies was DJ Hogg who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. On the season, Texas A&M is averaging 73.1 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas A&M has been led by Tyler Davis (13.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 bpg), DJ Hogg (13.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), Admon Gilder (12.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.9 spg), and Robert Williams (10.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.2 apg). Defensively, Texas A&M is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of -2.1.

The Tigers are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight up loss however, just 2-12 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Aggies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.

LSU has lost 3 of their last 4 games and has really struggled on the defensive end as they rank 284th in scoring defense and 248th in defensive FG%. Texas A&M has lost 4 of 5 games however, had some tough games on the road against Arizona, Kentucky, and South Carolina in that span. Texas A&M has solid defense that ranks 92nd in scoring defense and has been great on the boards with the 51st ranked rebound margin. Texas A&M is a better team than their record indicates and as I have no faith of the LSU defense in a tough road environment, I’m taking Texas A&M to cover. 

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