Missouri Tigers (9-6) vs Texas A&M Aggies (7-8)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Missouri Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies
The Missouri Tigers will visit Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, in which to battle the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for an SEC showdowns. The Aggies are losers of four of their last five games, overall, with their last loss being at the hands of the Auburn Tigers in a blowout as Texas A&M allowed just 42% shooting for the game to a high-scoring Auburn offense; However, Auburn was able to convert on 13 3-pointers while outrebounding the Aggies by a 48-29 margin for the game. In addition to this, Auburn was also able to capitalize on 15 turnovers for Texas A&M en route to the victory.
The Missouri Tigers have lost three straight games and now find themselves near the cellar of the Southeastern Conference as their last loss versus the Alabama Crimson Tide, the tough, solid defense for Missouri allowed 47% shooting to a struggling Alabama offense while the Crimson Tide allowed just 41% shooting for Missouri in the contest as the Tigers have certainly lost their way on the defenses end lately in allowing 80 or more points in two of their last three games, overall.
Missouri Tigers's Latest Performance :
On the other hand, Missouri’s offense has struggled lately alomg with throughout the season as they are currently averaging just 68 points per game on 42% shooting on a nightly basis. Most importantly for Missouri, and unfortunately at the same time, their defense has regressed lately in allowing 80 or more points in two of their last three games, as stated. In the last outing versus the Alabama Crimson Tide, Missouri allowed the road team to post 80 points for the game while shooting 47% from the floor as Avery Johnson Jr. came off the bench in which to provide a spark with 14 points for the game while Dante Hall chipped in 12 points as well while also pulling down 11 rebounds in the victory for the Crimson Tide.
On the other hand, leading scorer for Missouri on the season in Jordan Geist went only 4-11 from the floor while ending with nine points for the game while Mark Smith along with Javon Pickett came off the bench in which to provide a spark in scoring 13 points each in defeat. In all, Geist has struggled in recent outings as he is averaging just 11 points in his last four outings, overall.
In all, Missouri certainly needs a overhaul on both ends of the floor at this point in the season as they will now look to square off versus a Texas A&M team that has struggled just as much, if not more, than the Tigers, recently. Look for the Tigers to certainly lead with their defense in this contest as they will be looking to assert themselves early and often in which to ensure that the Aggies continue to stay cold as ice from the perimeter in which to pick up a conference victory.
Texas A&M Aggies's Latest Performance :
Texas A&M, despite allowing opponents to shoot just 40% from the floor on a nightly basis this season, has been wading within the deep end of the water in their last few outings as they have allowed 80 or more points in four of their last five games, overall, as they allowed the Auburn Tigers to post 85 points in their last outing at home as they were held to just 42% from the floor. Nonetheless, Auburn was able to connect on 13 3-pointers on the night as Bryce Brown along with Jared Harper had 22 along with 17 points to lead the Tigers attack.
On the other hand, Texas A&M struggled from the perimeter in this contest, as well, in shooting 38% in addition to 29% from three-point range. Nonetheless, as stated, free throws was certainly a key stat in this contest as the Aggies graced the free throw line 30 times compared to just 10 for the Tigers, which ultimately kept the game close for a bit, early on. Nonetheless, the Aggies turned the ball over 15 times while also being heavily outrebounded in the contest en route to the defeat.
Texas A&M certainly needs to shore up vulnerabilities on each end of the floor at this point in the season as their offense, which is not been overly impressive this season, is only posting an average of 72 points per game. On the other hand, the defense has allowed 84 points per game during their five-game skid and will certainly look to have a much more solid performance versus a Missouri team that continues to struggle, primarily on the offensive end of the floor.
How Missouri Tigers & Texas A&M Aggies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Missouri is 6 – 8 – 1 ATS while the OU is 7 – 7
Texas A&M is 6 – 9 ATS while the OU is 7 – 8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very important game for both Missouri as well as Texas A&M as they will each be vying to pick up a much-needed victory during a rough patch of play. With that being said, look for each team to lead with their defense in this contest as both offenses have struggled mightily, recently. Also, look for offenses to push the ball in this contest in which to pick up some easy baskets within transition as well also attempt to gained some quality looks versus two defenses that have certainly been very stingy throughout the season, despite their recent play.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Missouri Tigers
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Tigers in this contest as they have been very much dominant at home recently as well as throughout the season. Also, combine this with the fact that Texas A&M has not played very well on the road all season, expect the Tigers to come out of their funk, particularly on the defensive end, in which to neutralize Texas A&M’s offense, yet again. Of course, Texas A&M will certainly enter this matchup with focus in which to pick up the victory, however, the Tigers will grind out a hard-fought victory in the end while also hitting critical baskets down the stretch.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as it has not only been the play for the majority of both these teams recently, but, considering the defenses that will be taking the floor in addition to both offenses struggling at the moment, one has to conclude that the under will also be the strong play in this matchup as well in what will be a low-scoring yet very competitive matchup from start to finish.
Betting trends for Missouri Tigers:
- The Tigers are 1-3 against the spread in last 4 games
Betting trends for Texas A&M Aggies:
- The Aggies are 5-3 against the spread in last 8 games
- The over is 4 – 1 in Aggies last five games