South Alabama Jaguars (3-2) vs Texas A&M Aggies (1-4)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Reed Center, College Station, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
South Alabama Jaguars vs Texas A&M Aggies
The Jaguars of South Alabama will travel to Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, to battle the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Jaguars are coming into the matchup playing very good basketball and winning three of the last four outings with the last being a 79 – 58 home win over the Southeast Missouri State RedHawks as Roderick Sykes finished with 30 points for the Jaguars while going 10-22 from the floor for the night.
On the other hand, the Aggies of Texas A&M lost their fourth straight game to the Washington Huskies by a 71-67 score in the Vancouver Classic Tournament. In fact, three of the four losses for the Texas A&M Aggies this year came by five points or less. In all, both teams will certainly take the floor looking to get an all-important victory in this after Thanksgiving Day showdown.
South Alabama Jaguars's Latest Performance :
The fortunes for the South Alabama Jaguars have been just the opposite as the Aggies as they have won three of their last four outings after losing their opener versus Auburn in a blowout road loss. In their last outing, they hung 78 points on a Southeast Missouri State team while shooting 47% from the field along with hitting 13 3-pointers in the contest. And despite being outrebounded by the RedHawks, the Jaguars were able to capitalize on 15 turnovers for the night credited to Southeast Missouri State.
Sykes ended the game with six 3-pointers on the night along with 30 points while Trhae Mitchell was the only other player in double figures with 11 points on the night along with nine rebounds and four assists. And while Jaguars have not been an offensive juggernaut thus far in the season, they have been able to rely on their defense in which to get critical stops at pivotal points in games. With that being said, look for them to follow the same type of philosophy versus a Texas A&M offense that is seeking to come out of a shooting slump.
Texas A&M Aggies's Latest Performance :
Texas A&M has had a rough go of it lately as they have faced some pretty talented teams, one of which was their last opponent in the Washington Huskies as the Aggies actually took a five point lead into halftime yet were outscored 38 – 29 in the second half en route to a defeat. In all, the Aggies played well enough to win this game as they shot 40% from the field while holding the Huskies to a tad over 30% shooting for the contest, overall. Nonetheless, the Huskies took advantage of much more of their opportunities toward the end of the game as they were able to seal a hard-fought victory over the Aggies.
Jay Jay Chandler scored 21 for the Aggies in the loss while TJ Starks also struggled thoughout yet finished with 17 points. Of course, the offense will take much of the blame when one discusses the ills that are currently being experienced by Texas A&M, however, the home team will be looking to rid themselves of a current shooting funk versus a South Alabama Jaguars defensive unit that allows teams to shoot just a tad over 40% per outing.
How South Alabama Jaguars & Texas A&M Aggies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
South Alabama is2 – 2 ATS while the OU is 0 – 4
Texas A&M is1 – 4 ATS while the OU is 3 – 2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Once again, the Texas A&M Aggies will suit up to attempt to put themselves over the hill in picking up their first win in five outings. On the other hand, South Alabama will be looking to perform well verses an SEC opponent in the Aggies in which to pad their resume. Look for this to be a very exciting and competitive match up as both teams will certainly be looking to pick up a much-needed win; However, also look for both teams to push the pace a bit in which to taken advantage of two defenses that have been very solid to begin the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Texas A&M Aggies
My reason for the pick :
I like the Aggies in this matchup as they will somehow pull out a close win at home versus a South Alabama team that has been finding ways to win lately. In all, the Aggies have certainly struggled on offense all year long while their defense has been their saving grace. With that being the case, look for them to neutralize the options for the Jaguars just enough in which to pull away late in the game while picking up a much-needed win in the meantime.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Again, both these teams have been surviving due to their overall defensive prowess thus far in the season. Also, with two struggling offenses going up against two solid defenses, one could certainly come to the conclusion that the under is indeed the strong play for a matchup such as this.
Betting trends for South Alabama Jaguars:
- The Jaguars are 2 – 4 ATS in last 6 games
- The Jaguars are 0 – 2 – 1 ATS in last 3 Road games
- The under is 5-0 in Jaguars last 5 games
Betting trends for Texas A&M Aggies:
- The Aggies are 1-5 ATS in last 6 games
- The over is 4-2 in Aggies last six games