Texas A&M vs. Arizona Prediction

Lone Star Shootout: Arizona vs. Texas A&M College Hoops Predictions 12/17/16

Is No. 19 Arizona a good bet to cover as a small underdog today when it takes on Texas A&M in the Lone Star Shootout at 12:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Aggies are 3.5-point favorites versus the Wildcats after opening as a 2-point favorite. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 135 but has been bet up to 136 at the majority of online and Vegas sports books.

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Texas A&M enters play with a  7-2 record and is 4-3 against the spread in its seven lined games this season. The Aggies are led by Tyler Davis, who is averaging 14.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds, as well as Admon Gilder, who has a team-high 4.9 assists per game and 2.0 steals per contest. The Aggies rank just 127th in the nation in points per game, averaging 76.7.

The Wildcats enter play with a 9-2 record overall, but are just 5-6 against the spread this season. They're led by Lauri Markkanen, who averages 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Kadeem Allen also paces Arizona with 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals were game, while Keanu Pinder has a team-high average of 1.2 blocks per contest.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Wildcats are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as an underdog, are 1-6 at the betting window in their last seven neutral site games, and are 2-10 against the number in their last 12 games when playing an opponent with a winning percentage above .600. The Aggies, meanwhile, are 10-3 against the number in their last 13 games when they're favored, are 5-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games when favored, and are 4-1 ATS in their last five games coming off a successful cover.

 

SATURDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: TEXAS A&M AGGIES -3.5

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