Texas A&M at Butler: 11/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Butler Bulldogs (3-2) vs Texas A&M Aggies (4-1)
Game Info: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 2:30 pm (Michelob Ultra Arena)
Betting Odds: Butler Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: 124.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas A&M Aggies & Butler Bulldogs will square off at Michelob Ultra Arena this Tuesday afternoon in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
The Texas A&M Aggies dropped to 4-1 on the season after being defeated by the Wisconsin Badgers, 69-58, yesterday afternoon. Texas A&M go off to a quick start against Wisconsin, taking a 26-10 lead, however, the Aggies struggled offensively the rest of the way and could not fight back after the Badgers took a 61-45 lead with 8:45 left in the 2nd half. Texas A&M shot 38.8% from the field & 38.5% from beyond the arc whole allowing Wisconsin to shoot 39.7% from the field & 30.8% from beyond the arc. Texas A&M lost the turnover battle by a 16-11 margin and was outrebounded by Wisconsin by a 36-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Aggies was Quenton Jackson who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals.
On the season, Texas A&M is averaging 72.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Aggies are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas A&M has been led by Henry Coleman III (11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 spg), Quenton Jackson (11.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 16 apg, 1.4 spg), Tyrece Radford (10.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), & Marcus Williams (10.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.6 apg).
Defensively, Texas A&M is holding their opponents to an average of 59.8 ppg on 37.3% shooting from the field. The Aggies have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Butler Bulldogs lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-2 on the season after being defeated by the 12th ranked Houston Cougars, 70-52, yesterday afternoon. Butler struggled on offensively against the tough Houston defense and could never fight back after the Cougars jumped out to a 17-0 lead to start off the game. Butler shot just 36.6% from the field & 39.1% from beyond the arc while allowing Houston to shoot 50.9% from the field & 31.6% from beyond the arc. Butler was outrebounded by Houston by a 28-26 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 20-10 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Jair Bolden who had 16 points & 1 rebound.
On the season, Butler is averaging 63.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 37.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Jair Bolden (12.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Chuck Harris (12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 apg), Jayden Taylor (10.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), & Aaron Thompson (7.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg).
Defensively, Butler Is allowing their opponents to average 60.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -3.4.
The Aggies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite, however, are just 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog & just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Both teams can struggle on the offensive end, however, Texas A&M has at least shown some signs of life on the offensive end compared to a Butler team that currently ranks just t-304th in scoring offense & 255th in FG%. Texas A&M has been solid defensively as they currently rank t-50th in scoring defense & 40th in defensive FG% and as I think Butler struggles against offensively in this one, I think Texas A&M does enough to cover this small spread. Good Luck!