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Kentucky vs. Texas A&M - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas A&M at Kentucky
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Kentucky
The Line
The Line: Kentucky -12.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
SEC
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The Texas A&M Aggies and Kentucky Wildcats meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Rupp Arena.

The Texas A&M Aggies look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Texas A&M Aggies are averaging 75.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 39.9 percent shooting. TJ Starks is averaging 14.3 points and 4.1 assists while Savion Flagg is averaging 12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. Christian Mekowulu is the third double-digit scorer and Wendell Mitchell is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Texas A&M Aggies are shooting 28.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The Texas A&M Aggies are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. The Texas A&M Aggies have lost their only road game this season.

The Kentucky Wildcats look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 82.5 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Keldon Johnson is averaging 16.2 points and 1.7 assists while Reid Travis is averaging 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. Tyler Herro is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.2 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won all eight home games this season.

The Aggies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Southeastern and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Wildcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Southeastern, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 home games. The under is 8-1 in Aggies last 9 overall. 

The Texas A&M Aggies have played the Kentucky Wildcats tough in the past few meetings, but these aren't the same talented Aggies that have a couple of NBA prospects. The Kentucky Wildcats are slowly starting to figure things out at both ends of the floor and are starting to pull away from teams more and more. Kentucky is also outscoring teams by 22.2 points at home this season while shooting 51.4 percent from the field. If Kentucky gets rolling the way it has at home all year, the Aggies simply don't have the horses to keep up for 40 minutes. I'll take Kentucky in a double-digit home victory. 

Pick:
Kentucky -12.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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