LSU vs. Texas A&M - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Texas A&M Aggies (14-13) at LSU Tigers (19-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Pete Maravich Assembly Center)
The Line: LSU Tigers -11 -- Over/Under: 141.5
TV: ESPN, ESPN2
The Texas A&M Aggies and the LSU Tigers meet in SEC college basketball action from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Texas A&M Aggies will try to climb a couple more ranks in the SEC standings, sitting at 8-7 in conference play after a 69-60 loss to Kentucky last time out. Josh Nebo leads the Aggies in scoring with 12 PPG as well as logging 6.2 RPG while Savion Flagg has 10.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG and a team-high 2.6 APG. Wendell Mitchell has 9.7 PPG while Emanuel Miller leads Texas A&M in rebounding with 6.3 RPG this season. As a team, Texas A&M is averaging 62.6 points on 39.8% shooting from the field, 28.3% from 3-point range and 69.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.7 points on 40.8% shooting from the field and 32.3% from 3-point range this season. Texas A&M is 4-3 straight up and 5-2 against the spread on the road this season.
The LSU Tigers will try to catch up to Auburn in the top spots of the SEC standings, sitting a game behind Auburn with a 10-5 conference record after an 81-66 loss to Florida last time out. Skylar Mays leads LSU in scoring with 15.9 PPG while Trendon Watford has 13.9 PPG and 7.2 RPG and Emmitt Williams is right behind with 13.8 PPG and 6.7 RPG. Javonte Smart has 12.4 PPG and a team-high 4.1 APG while Darius Days has 11.9 PPG and a team-high 7.3 RPG this season. As a team, LSU is averaging 80.3 points on 47.1% shooting from the field, 31.6% from 3-point range and 77.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.5 points on 42.3% shooting from the field and 35.1% from 3-point range this season. LSU is 13-2 straight up and 6-9 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the home team is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
I think LSU is the better team side by side and should be favored at home. However, LSU hasn’t really been playing all that well and the Tigers have had issues covering the number for tbe better part of the last month. Texas A&M isn’t wowing anybody on the offensive end, but the truth is that the Aggies are playing pretty well right now and have done a good job covering the number as of late. I think LSU wins this game at home, but given recent form, I think the Aggies can keep this one within the number, so I’ll take a shot with Texas A&M and the points here.