Valparaiso Crusaders (6-4) vs Texas A&M Aggies (4-4)Date : 12/19/2018
Time : 8:30 pm EST
Location : Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Valparaiso Crusaders vs Texas A&M Aggies
The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, to battle the Texas A&M Aggies on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Texas A&M has rebounded from a four-game losing streak nicely as they have won their last three games with their last being a road win over the highly-ranked Oregon State Beavers by a 67 – 64 score as Texas A&M held the Beavers to only 32% shooting from the floor on the night along with 29% shooting from three-point range as TJ Starks pumped in 18 points along with eight rebounds for the Aggies in the much-needed victory.
Valparaiso was lucky to hang on on the road versus a George Washington Colonels team in their last outing as their ability to shoot the long ball was certainly a benefit as the ended the game with 15 three pointers, total, while also shooting over 50% from the field en route to the slim, confidence-building victory, their third in four games.
Valparaiso Crusaders's Latest Performance :
As alluded to earlier, Valparaiso was certainly locked into a struggle with George Washington in their last outing yet pulled out the slim, three point win due to their ability to nail three-pointers as they made good on 15 for the night led by Bakari Evelyn along with Ryan Fazekas as they combined to go 12-20 from three-point range in the game with 27 and 22 points, respectively, for the Crusaders. Javon Freeman as well as Derek Smits chipped in 15 and 11 points, also, for Valparaiso in the much-needed victory.
On the other hand, the defense for the Crusaders also allowed over 50% shooting to George Washington in the matchup yet the Colonels only connected on 7 of 18 3-point attempts during the contest. Maceo Jack, however, went 5-6 from three-point range for George Washington while leading the team with 23 points, total, in defeat. In all, George Washington is simply an average team at this point in the season that will certainly not consistently outscore an opponent from the offensive end while the squad will certainly not lock down opposing offenses either. Nonetheless, they seem to make the critical shots at just the right moment while also obtaining pivotal stops, when needed, throughout the course of games.
Texas A&M Aggies's Latest Performance :
Defense has certainly been the tip of the spear for Texas A&M this year as they are only allowing opponents to shoot a tad under 40% from the field on a nightly basis. They have certainly been consistent in this area lately as the Aggies have won 3 straight games after picking up a huge road win over the Oregon State Beavers in their last outing in permitting the home team to shoot only 34% from the field while landing only eight of 27 three point field goals on the night as Ethan Thompson went 3 – 6 from long range while scoring 20 points for the night on 6-12 shooting from the field while Tres Tinkle struggled from the field in going 6-17 on the night while ending with 17 points, total.
On the other hand, Texas A&M shot a bit better at 43% for the night has Starks led the squad with 18 points while Wendell Mitchell, John Walker II, along with Brandon Mahan chipped in 10 points each in the huge win for Texas A&M. Nonetheless, the Aggies now turn their attention to a Valpo team that are winners of three of their last four games, overall, as they have scored in the 70s in five of their last six games while also looking to win their second straight outing after picking up a win versus the George Washington Colonels in their last matchup.
How Valparaiso Crusaders & Texas A&M Aggies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Valparaiso is 3 – 6 ATS while the OU is 5 – 4
Texas A&M is 2 – 6 ATS while the OU is 3 – 5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting matchup between the Aggies and the Crusaders as Texas A&M will certainly want to lead with their defense, first and foremost, for this matchup in that Valpo will certainly be entering the game with a huge amount of confidence. Nonetheless, look for a Texas A&M to also come into this game with a bit of momentum of their own after beating up on a highly-ranked Oregon State Beavers team in the last matchup.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Texas A&M Aggies
My reason for the pick :
I will back Texas A&M in this matchup is I happen to believe that their defense will neutralize an already inconsistent offense for Valparaiso throughout the course of this game. As stated, the Crusaders are simply an average team at this point in the season yet always seem to come up with a big play when it is needed. Nonetheless, Texas A&M will certainly limit offensive opportunities for this team while also playing very physical on the offensive end in which to draw fould and / or obtain easy buckets with in the half-court set(s).
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as tt has been the play in the last 5 games, overall, for Texas A&M and I expect these trends to continue in this matchup on Wednesday night. Again, the Aggies will certainly have the bulk of the momentum, despite Valparaiso winning three of their last four games. Nonetheless, with the Aggies winning three of the last four games at home while also coming off of a road victory vs one of the better defensive teams in the nation, look for them to exert their defensive prowess onto a Valparaiso team that will be sure to struggle throughout.
Betting trends for Valparaiso Crusaders:
- The Crusaders are 2-5 ATS in last 7 games
- The over is 4-2 in Crusaders last six games
Betting trends for Texas A&M Aggies:
- The Aggies are 2 – 7 ATS in last nine games
- The under is 5-0 in Aggies last 5 games