The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and the Texas A&M Aggies meet Friday in college basketball action from Reed Arena. Oral Roberts is 1-2 on the season and coming off a loss to Missouri State. As for Texas A&M, they’re rolling along at 3-0 so far. The Aggies beat SMU in their latest matchup. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
The Eagles have been all over the place so far this year, starting with a 75-71 loss to TX-Arlington in their opener. Oral Roberts got outmuscled on the boards 55-34 in that one and made just 13 of 22 free throws. Game two was a blowout win however, as the Eagles took out Mid American Christian 74-69.
In their latest matchup versus Missouri State on Monday, Oral Roberts scored just 27 points in the first half on the way to an 84-69 loss. The Eagles were led by Issac McBride and his 27 points, four rebounds and three steals. DeShang Weaver added 11 points with six rebounds as well.
Texas A&M Aggies
Over on the Aggies’ side, they had zero issues with Texas A&M-Commerce in their opener during a 78-46 win. Texas A&M had a 47-25 rebounding advantage in that one with 21 team assists along the way. Game two was a closer win 73-66 over Ohio State. The Aggies shot just 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range in that one, but managed 45 rebounds.
The Aggies were able to keep their run going in game three versus SMU. Texas A&M scored 39 points in the first half and 40 more from there in a 79-66 win. Tyrece Radford managed 21 points with seven rebounds along the way, and Henry Coleman doubled up on 13 points with 15 rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with Texas A&M. The Aggies have played pretty well through three games thus far, all things considered. The overall shooting wasn’t spectacular in the SMU win (37.3 percent), however Texas A&M improved their results from the line (81.5 percent) while snagging 46 total rebounds and just seven turnovers. As for Oral Roberts, they were out-rebounded 42-37 by Missouri State in their last appearance, allowing 47.6 percent shooting to the Bears. The Eagles haven’t seen a team even close to Texas A&M’s talents thus far, so this one’s probably not going to be pretty. The Aggies should roll from the opening tip.