Missouri vs. Texas A&M - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas A&M at Missouri
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Mizzou Arena)
Missouri Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: 135.5
TV: ESPN SEC Network
The Texas A&M Aggies will travel to Mizzou Arena to take on Missouri Tigers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Texas A&M Aggies lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 8-13 (1-8 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Ole Miss Rebels, 75-71, this past Wednesday. Texas A&M led by a 57-48 margin with 12:46 left in regulation, however, struggled offensively down the stretch and allowed Ole Miss to get the comeback victory after an 8-2 Rebels run gave Ole Miss a 69-64 lead with just :31 seconds left in regulation. Texas A&M shot 45.2% from the field and 47.8% from beyond the arc, however, did loss the turnover battle by an 18-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Aggies was Wendell Mitchell who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 4 steals.
On the season, Texas A&M is averaging 71.7 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas A&M has been led by TD Starks (12.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Wendell Mitchell (12.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Savion Flagg (11.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Josh Nebo (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 bpg).
Defensively, Texas A&M is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Missouri Tigers dropped to 11-10 (2-7 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers, 72-60, this past Tuesday. Missouri struggled offensively against the Tennessee defense and couldn’t fight back after the Volunteers took a 50-35 lead with 15:01 left in regulation. Missouri shot just 35.4% from the field and 29.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Javon Pickett who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Missouri is averaging 68.0 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Missouri has been led by Jordan Geist (13.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Mark Smith (12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.6 apg), Jeremiah Tilmon (10.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg), and Javon Picket (8.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Missouri is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of -1.8.
The Aggies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Tigers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Texas A&M has lost 6 of their last 7 games and currently rank just 216th in scoring offense, 223rd in FG%, and 234th in scoring defense.
Missouri has lost 4 of their last 5 games and although their defense is ranked 99th in scoring defense, the offense has struggled putting up points on the board as the Tigers currently rank just 294th in scoring offense & 258th in FG%.
Missouri is a solid 7-4 at home this season and easily took care of business against the Aggies a few weeks ago in a 66-43 victory on the road. Texas A&M is a better team than their record might indicate, however, Missouri is the better team in this one and as this spread is smaller than I expected, I’m taking Missouri to cover in this one. Good Luck!