Kansas State Wildcats (15-4) vs Texas A&M Aggies (7-10)Date : 01/26/2019
Time : 2:00 PM
Location : Reed Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Kansas State Wildcats vs Texas A&M Aggies
The Texas A&M Aggies are set to return home to the Reed Arena after playing on the road in their latest outing as they will play host to the Kansas State Wildcats in the Big 12-SEC challenge, the opening tipoff is slated for 2:00 PM. Texas A&M has struggled this season, especially in SEC play as they enter this matchup with a 1-5 in conference play while Kansas State is tied for 1st place in the Big 12 as they have used a 5 game win streak to put them at 5-2.
Kansas State Wildcats's Latest Performance :
Kansas State was supposed to be a top team in the Big 12 coming into the season and they have finally lived up to those expectations as of recent as they have gone 5-2 in conference play which is good enough to be tied for 1st place with their in-state rivals in Kansas. The Wildcats come into this matchup looking to extend their win streak to 6 games after they were most recently able to beat the ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders at home 58-45. The Wildcats are one of the top defensive teams in the nation as they rank 4th in points allowed and they showed that in their latest game as they held the Red Raiders to 22% from behind the arc as well as forced 13 turnovers. The leading scorer on the season for the Wildcats has been senior guard Barry Brown as he comes into this match averaging 15.4 PPG and 4.2 RPG, and he was able to hit that mark against Texas Tech with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Kansas State has also turned to senior Dean Wade in the frontcourt for production and he is putting together a solid season as he averages 13.3 PPG and 6.5 RPG, and he flirted around that mark in their latest outing with 13 points and 4 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mike McGuirl was able to give the Wildcats a much-needed scoring boost in this low scoring affair as he came off the bench and recorded 9 points which is well above his season average of 3.4 PPG. While Kansas State forced the Red Raiders into mistakes they were also turnover prone as they committed 17 throughout the game.
Texas A&M Aggies's Latest Performance :
Texas A&M made a run in the NCAA Tournament last year most notably with a win over the North Carolina Tar Heels but they have lost a ton of that production and it has shown as they enter this matchup 1-5 in SEC play which has them pinned at the bottom of the conference. The Aggies come into this game looking to avoid a 4 game losing streak as they most recently lost on the road against the Florida Gators 81-72. The Aggies were able to receive a big game from junior guard Wendell Mitchell as he was able to go 7 for 9 from behind the arc which contributed to his 25-point performance, Mitchell enters this matchup averaging only 11.1 PPG. Throughout the season the Aggies have turned to sophomore gaurd TJ Starks for scoring as he comes into this game as the leading scorer with 12.9 PPG and 3.5 APG, but he was held just shy of that mark against the Gatos as he had 10 points and 6 assists. The leading rebounder on the season for Texas A&M has been sophomore guard Savion Flagg as he averages 7.8 RPG to go along with 12.6 PPG, but he was kept in check by the Gators as he went 2 for 8 from the field for 7 points and 4 rebounds. Junior forward Josh Nebo game the Aggies a boost off the bench as the Texas native came in and flirted with double-double numbers as he recorded 8 points and 9 rebounds. The Aggies need to improve on both sides of the court as they rank 200th in scoring but also rank 236th in team defense which won’t get the job done in a major conference like the SEC.
How Kansas State Wildcats & Texas A&M Aggies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Kansas State is 10-9 ATS, 3-2 ATS on the road.
Texas A&M is 7-10 ATS, 2-8 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Texas A&M ranks 200th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 72.8 PPG while Kansas State ranks 327th as they score an average of 65.2 PPG.
Kansas State ranks 4th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 58.2 PPG while Texas A&M ranks 236th as they hold opponents to an average of 73.6 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Kansas State Wildcats
My reason for the pick :
The Kansas State Wildcats are the far superior team this season as they are playing defense at a high level and we will once again see one of the top scoring defenses in the nation take over and hold a below average scoring team like the Aggies to minimum points. Kansas State is a veteran-led team as they have seniors throughout their lineup so the road trip won’t scare this team and it is also a lot easier to prevent points than to score points away from home as defense usually travels. While the guard play is fairly even across the board Dean Wade is a difference maker for the Wildcats as he can stretch the floor as well as post you up and I don’t think the Aggies can stop it. Texas A&M has also been awful ATS this season so look for these trends to continue in this one.
Betting trends for Kansas State Wildcats:
- Kansas State is 9-5 ATS after a win this season.
Betting trends for Texas A&M Aggies:
- Texas A&M is 4-7 ATS against teams outside the SEC this season.