Alabama vs. Texas A&M - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Texas A&M Aggies (12-12) at Alabama Crimson Tide (14-11)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -12.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas A&M Aggies will travel to Coleman Coliseum to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Texas A&M Aggies improved to 12-12 (6-6 SEC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 74-69, this past Saturday. Texas A&M trailed by a 38-29 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half against the Bulldogs and was able to hold late for the victory after taking a 71-65 lead with just :59 seconds left in regulation. Texas A&M shot 45.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 21-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was Emanuel Miller who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, Texas A&M is averaging 61.2 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 26.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas A&M has been led by Josh Nebo (11.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg), Savion Flagg (9.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Wendell Mitchell (8.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Texas A&M is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 14-11 (6-6 SEC) on the season after defeating the 25th ranked LSU Tigers, 88-82, this past Saturday. Alabama allowed LSU to fight back from an 18-point 2nd half deficit to make it a game late, however, the Crimson Tide was able to hang on for victory after a Jaden Shackelford three-pointer gave Alabama an 82-78 lead with just 1:21 left in regulation. Alabama shot 42.4% from the field and 37.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Crimson Tide was Kira Lewis Jr. who had 27 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
On the season, Alabama is averaging 83.2 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide are averaging 10.8 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Alabama has been led by Kira Lewis Jr. (17.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.9 spg), John Petty Jr. (15.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), and Jaden Shackelford (14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg).
Defensively, Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 79.0 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of -1.5.
The Aggies are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games on the road, however, are just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against Alabama. The Crimson Tide are 15-4 ATS in their last 19 games and 8-4 ATS at home this season.
Texas A&M has been led by their defense which ranks 42nd in scoring defense and 46th in defensive FG%, however, it’s been a struggled offensively for the Aggies this season as Texas A&M comes into this match-up ranked just 341st in scoring offense and 343rd in FG%.
Alabama likes to push the pace and put up three-pointers which have the Crimson Tide ranked 2nd in scoring offense and 3rd in three-pointers made per game, however, the Crimson Tide have struggled giving up points and currently rank just 333rd in scoring defense.
Texas A&M has struggled on the road as of late with their last two losses coming by a combined 45 points, however, the Aggies have solid defense and I think could find some answers on the offensive end against an Alabama team that gives up a bunch of points. Alabama is a tough team at home, however, I think the Crimson Tide come out a bit flat after competitive games agianst Auburn & LSU and Texas A&M does enough to hang on and cover with the double-digit points. Good Luck!