Missouri at Texas A&M - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Missouri  at Texas A&M  - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri Tigers (15-16) at Texas A&M Aggies (16-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

The Line: Texas A&M Aggies +2.0 -- Over/Under: 124.5

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The Missouri Tigers are set to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in the SEC Tournament.  The Tigers are (15-16), coming off a 69-50 win over Alabama. The Aggies are (16-14), after getting past Arkansas at home, 77-69.

In the Tigers win over Alabama, Missouri was guided throughout the game by Dru Smith.  Smith recorded 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists. Missouri converted on 42 percent from the floor and 26 percent from deep.  The Tigers did a great job defending the 3, holding Alabama to 16 percent from the distance on 25 attempts. Overall, Missouri held Alabama to 30 percent from the floor.  The Tigers out rebounded Alabama, 42 to 27. Missouri had a slim 21-20 lead at the half. 

Dru Smith has guided the Tigers this year, averaging 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.  Xavier Pinson is recording 11.1 points and 2.8 assists per contest. Missouri is totaling 67.1 points, while shooting 41 percent from the floor on the season.

In the Aggies win over Arkansas, Texas A&M was led offensively by Josh Nebo.  Nebo recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Texas A&M is connected on 47 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point distance.  The Aggies won by 8 and that is exactly how many Texas A&M won the free throw battle. The Aggies won the rebounding battle, 41 to 25. Neither team had great ball security, as there were a combined 33 turnovers.   

Nebo has carried the Aggies this year, averaging 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.  Savion Flagg is averaging 10.4 points per contest, while pulling down 5.1 rebounds. Texas A&M is registering 63.1 points, while converting on less than 68 percent from the foul line. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Missouri is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.

Missouri is 2-10 SU in their last 12 games against Texas A&M.

The over is 6-3 in Missouri’s last 9 games.

Texas A&M is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.

Texas A&M is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.

The over is 4-1 in Texas A&M last 5 games.

Neither offense has been lighting up the scoreboard this year, but both defenses have been better than expected this season.  Each defense is in the top 62 in fewest points allowed. The Aggies have looked good in this series over the last 10 matchups.  These two teams played twice in the regular season, with Texas A&M winning both games. It is hard to beat a team 3 times in the same season.  Now having said that, coach Buzz Williams has the Aggies playing really good heading into the tournament. I’m siding with the Aggies as an underdog outright win.  Final score prediction, Texas A&M will outright win, 63-59.   

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