Texas A&M Aggies (6-7) vs Alabama Crimson Tide (10-4)Date : 01/12/2019
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas A&M Aggies vs Alabama Crimson Tide
The Texas A&M Aggies will visit Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in which to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in a much anticipated SEC battle. The Crimson Tide recently halted their five-game winning streak as they stunk it up on both sides of the floor versus the LSU Tigers on the road in their last outing in shooting just 40% from the floor while allowing the Tigers 49% for the game en route to just their third lost in 10 games, overall.
On the other hand, the Texas A&M Aggies enter this matchup on a damaging 3 game losing streak as they fell on the road to the Kentucky Wildcats in their last outing as the Aggies defense certainly did not help the team secure a victory in allowing 52% shooting for Kentucky in this outing while Texas A&M, as a team, committed 19 turnovers on the night, which certainly did not bode well for them picking up a conference victory, either.
Texas A&M Aggies's Latest Performance :
After a solid start to the season, the Texas A&M Aggies find themselves not only losers of their last three games, overall, but they are also in the cellar of the Southeastern Conference Division standings and will certainly be desperate to pick up a winning this contest. In all, the offense for Texas A&M certainly needs a severe shot in the arm as they are averaging just 73 points per game in their last three outings. And while they were able to shoot a decent 48% from the floor versus the Kentucky Wildcats in their last contest while also shooting 42% from three-point range, the defense for Texas A&M, which has been the tip of the spear in their success this season, allowed Kentucky to shoot 52% from the floor for the game while allowing Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagan’s to score 21 and 18 points, respectively for the home team the former went just 3-7 from three-point range.
On the other hand, leading scorer for the season, TJ Starks, ended the game with 18 points as he went 7 – 15 from the floor while going 2-5 from long-range while Jay Jay Chandler also chipped in 18 points in the loss for the Aggies. In all, the Aggies will certainly need to shore up offensive shortcomings before their matchup with an Alabama Crimson Tide team that has shown itself to be a very gritty squad that particularly likes to rely on its defense in which to set the tone versus opponents. Unfortunately for the Aggies, Alabama has won four of their last five home games including a confidence-building win over the Kentucky Wildcats in their last outing in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama Crimson Tide 's Latest Performance :
The offense for the Alabama Crimson Tide was as dismal as ever in their last matchup versus the LSU Tigers as they posted just 79 points on 40% shooting. On the other hand, the Crimson Tide was able to connect on just seven of 24 three-point attempts on the night as leading scorer for the season in Kira Lewis Jr led the team with 15 points in going a dismal 3-11 from the field along with going 1-6 from long range in the loss. Alex Reese along with Herbert Jones also chipped in 12 and 10 points in the loss as well as th Crimson Tide possessed only three double digit scorers for the contest.
LSU, on the other hand, was able to end the game shooting 49% from the floor, as pointed out, while getting much-needed contributions from Tremont Waters with 19 points along with seven assists while Darius Days came off the bench in which to provide a solid lift with 14 points while going 3-4 from three-point range in the win. And while LSU committed 16 turnovers on the night, they were also able to force 15 turnovers from the Alabama Crimson Tide as this proved to be a key stat as it relates to their win, in general.
Alabama will look to get back to basics in this matchup versus the Texas A&M Aggies, which means that they will lead with their defense in which to allow its overall effectiveness to allow for easy opportunities on the offensive end. They may not only have success on the defensive end versus a struggling offensive team in the Aggies at this point, but, may also find success on the offensive end as well as Texas A&M has allowed 80 or more points in two of their last three games, overall.
How Texas A&M Aggies & Alabama Crimson Tide Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas A&M is 5-8 against the spread while the OU is 5-8
Alabama is 5 – 8 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 11 – 2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be yet another litmus test for both teams as they each will be seeking to erect themselves from a lackluster outing and / or a rough patch of play, overall. Texas A&M will seek to pick up their first road win of the season with a win over an Alabama team that prides itself on the defensive end of the floor. On the other hand, Alabama will be looking to atone for a setback versus the LSU Tigers on the road while putting in yet another dominating performance on their home court on Saturday afternoon.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide
My reason for the pick :
The Texas A&M Aggies are struggling a bit too much in which to back in any instance at this point in the season. As stated, their offense has grinded to a halt while their defense continues to attempt to limit offensive opportunities for their opponents; However, this has not worked well as A&M has allowed over 80 points to their opponents in two of their last three outings, as stated. In all, look for Alabama to take control of this game on the backs of their defense as this will certainly create opportunities in transition to which they will be able to put points on the board throughout the contest en route to the conference victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With the way in which both offenses have played recently along with the defenses that will be taking the floor in this contest, one can certainly conclude that the under will indeed be the strong play amongst these two teams on Saturday afternoon. Also, look for the home team to hunker down on the defensive end even more as they will be looking to atone for the 88 points they allowed to the Tigers in their last outing. In addition to this, it will be important to note that Texas A&M, despite their current troubles, are only allowing opponents to shoot 40% from the floor on a nightly basis this year.
Betting trends for Texas A&M Aggies:
- The Aggies are 4-2 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 8 – 2 in Aggies last 10 games
Betting trends for Alabama Crimson Tide :
- Crimson Tide is 4 – 1 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 8 – 2 in Crimson Tide last 10 games