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South Carolina vs. Texas A&M - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas A&M at South Carolina
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
Colonial Life Arena
Columbia, SC
The Line
South Carolina Gamecocks -4 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
SEC Network
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The Texas A&M Aggies and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet in SEC college basketball action from the Colonial Life Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Texas A&M Aggies will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 73-56 win over Georgia in their last outing. TJ Starks led the Aggies with 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting with 4 steals while Jay Jay Chandler came right behind with 18 points including a pair of threes. Christian Mekowulu added 15 points with a team-high 15 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Texas A&M with the double-double. Savion Flagg added 7 points and 9 rebounds as well in the winning effort. Starks leads Texas A&M with an average of 12.9 points and 3.7 assists per game while Flagg leads the Aggies in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Texas A&M is averaging 71.6 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 30.5% from behind the arc and 68.8% from the foul line this season.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games after an 85-73 loss to Tennessee last time out. Tre Campbell led the Gamecocks with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting, including a perfect 5 of 5 mark from 3-point range along with 4 assists while Chris Silva chipped in 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the double-double and Hassani Gravett added 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and 4 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for South Carolina in the losing effort. A.J. Lawson added 9 points and a team-high 6 assists as well in the defeat for the Gamecocks. Silva leads the Gamecocks with an average of 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while Lawson leads South Carolina in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, South Carolina is averaging 74 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the 3-point line and 69.2% from the foul line this season.

Texas A&M is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. South Carolina is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 games following a loss. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

South Carolina and the low line is tempting considering how the Gamecocks have stepped up their play ever since conference play started. However, the Aggies have been a covering machine on the road and have gone 5-0 ATS on the road in conference play this season. Sometimes the trends don’t lie and you just have to go the direction they point you in, so I’ll take a shot with South Carolina and the points in this one.

Pick:
Texas A&M +4

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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