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Tuesday, February 12 7:00 P.M. Reed Arena in College Station, Texas
Two strong teams on the gridiron have not seen the same success on the basketball court. Texas A&M and Georgia are both in positions that their athletic teams are not used to, the bottom of the conference. The Aggies picked up a win in their last game after losing six of their previous seven. They took down Missouri 68-59. Georgia was not as fortunate as they picked up their eighth loss in nine games. Ole Miss bested them 80-64. Georgia fell to 1-9 in SEC play while Texas A&M improved to 2-8. Both teams will look for a win in this one to avoid the basement where 0-10 Vanderbilt has made themselves at home.
Texas A&M Storms Back in Second Half, Picks Up Second SEC Win
Texas A&M prepared to face an SEC opponent that was having a similar season. They traveled to take on Missouri, who were 2-7 coming in. Missouri took a nine-point lead after the first half, and looked like the superior team through 20 minutes. During the second 20, there was a different narrative. It was a tale of two halves as the Aggies stormed back to outscore the Tigers 47-29. The Aggies played well in this one aside from turning the ball over 16 times. They shot 48% from the field while knocking down six three’s. Texas A&M dominated the free throw line. They finished 14-17 from the line while Missouri was just 3-4. Just five players scored for the Aggies in this one, four in double-figures. Wendell Mitchell led the way with 20 points. Christian Mekowulu notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
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— Texas A&M Basketball (@aggiembk) February 11, 2019
The Aggies poor season is due to the fact that they are in the bottom half of the country in most statistics. They rank 220th in scoring, and 216th in points allowed. Their point differential is -1.4 points. They are outside of the top 100 in every category except for personal fouls and blocks. Texas A&M has not been able to find the range from anywhere on the floor all season. They are shooting 30.6% from the three-point line which is 320th in the nation. This is a game that has to be played because it is on the schedule. Texas A&M and Georgia are both playing for one thing, to stay out of last place.
Georgia Gets Dominated at Home
Georgia prepared to host Ole Miss and got beat down right from the player introductions. The Bulldogs went into the locker room down 12. They do not have enough power to comeback from a deficit of that nature. Georgia knocked down 11 three’s, but finished just 40.4% from the field. They turned the ball over 20 times. It is hard to win turning the ball over that much. The Bulldogs had a hard time containing Breein Tyree who finished 11-22 with 31 points for Ole Miss. Rayshaun Hammonds and Tyree Crump finished with 10 points. Jordan Harris was the third Bulldog in double-figures. He finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
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— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 9, 2019
Hammonds leads the way with 12.6 points per game for a team that scores 74 per game. They, like Texas A&M, have a negative point differential. The Bulldogs are allowing 75.4 points per game, which is 270th in the nation. What Georgia does not do from the three-point line (33.8%), they try to make up at the free throw line. They rank 56th in free throws made, and 67th in free throw attempts in the country. They are a strong rebounding team, ranking 46th in total rebounds. Georgia’s defense has let them down all season. They are in the midst of a poor season given their inability to get any stops. They will be facing a similar team in this one. They will have a chance to get their second conference win.
- Aggies are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Aggies are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Aggies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games
- Under is 9-3 in Aggies last 12 home games
- Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Under is 5-0 in Bulldogs last 5 Tuesday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
1-9 vs. 2-8, take the road team? Hey, why not. Texas A&M is coming off a win in their last game ,and the odds of them winning two games in a row is slim. The Aggies will be favorites at home in this one, but expect Georgia to go in and win the game outright. They have won four of the last seven meetings while going 5-2 ATS in those games. Georgia is 12-11 ATS this season while Texas A&M is 10-12. The Bulldogs have won just twice in their last 10 games, but expect this to be their third in 11.
Full-Game Total Pick
These are not only two of the worst scoring teams in the conference, but in the country as well. Combined, they have played 25 unders this season. The under is 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings between these two teams. They are not good offensively, plain and simple. This will be an under because of poor offense, not strong defense. The past two meetings between these two teams have been decided by one point, and have finished in the 120’s total. Expect the same result in this one.