College Basketball Odds – Mississippi St Bulldogs at Texas A&M Aggies Game Preview
Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC
Log on to BookMaker online for all the latest college basketball spreads, totals, moneylines and props. BookMaker Sportsbook provides the earliest college basketball online odds, so beat the squares to the best lines, and cash your bet today! The game between the Mississippi St Bulldogs and the Texas A&M Aggies is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Reed Arena. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies got a big win against Kentucky on Saturday to lift their profile for the NCAA tournament. Now the Aggies have to just not slip up the rest of the season against a toothless schedule that starts off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are just 5-9 in SEC play.
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HOW THE MISSISSIPPI ST BULLDOGS CAN COVER THE SPREAD
Mississippi St has won back-to-back games to pull itself out of the cellar in the SEC and in the process seriously harmed the chances of Vanderbilt and Alabama to qualify for March Madness. The Bulldogs would love to play the role of spoiler again, but a win against the Aggies would be their biggest of the season.
Gavin Ware is the playmaker for the Bulldogs and leads the team in both points and rebounding. Ware had solid games in Mississippi State’s wins over Alabama and Vanderbilt, knocking down 62.5 percent of his shots and 12 points against the Crimson Tide and putting up an 18-13 in the win over the Commodores.
He is hitting 63 percent of his shots from the field and his ability to put the ball in the bucket always gives the Bulldogs a fighting chance.
HOW THE TEXAS A&M AGGIES CAN COVER THE SPREAD
The Aggies were fortunate to get the win against Kentucky in part due to a questionable technical foul assessed against the Wildcats, but they’ll take it and are now just a game behind for first place in the SEC.
Texas A&M’s star player this season has been Jalen Jones, but he has been helped immensely by Tyler Davis and Daniel House. Jones and House have very similar stat lines to complement each other very well. Davis meanwhile is one of those big men who doesn’t take many shots, but is extremely effective when he does, hitting 65.6 percent of his field goal attempts on the season.
Against Kentucky, House had a poor game, converting just a pair of his 13 shots from the field, but Jones was there to pick up the slack. He put up 24 points and eight rebounds to help the Aggies take this one, while Davis also had a great game in the paint grabbing nine offensive rebounds.
If Texas A&M’s big three can play at that level again, the Bulldogs will have little to no chance of upsetting the Aggies.
ANALYSIS AND ODDS PREDICTION
Mississippi St. is 14-9 ATS on the season but just 4-4 ATS on the road. The Bulldogs have covered three of their last five though including winning two games outright as underdogs. The over has hit in five of Mississippi State’s eight road tilts on the year.
The Aggies have been a very solid team in College Station. Texas A&M owns a 7-3-1 ATS record as hosts and covered three of its last four at home. During that stretch they beat two Top 25 teams, Kentucky and Iowa State, showing how tough it is to win in Reed Arena. The under has also been a good bet in Aggies’ games with it cashing in 14 of their 22 overall games played.
The Bulldogs may be on a little bit of a run, but it will end when they face the Aggies on Wednesday. Texas A&M is too big, too strong, and has something to play for. The fans have given them a decided home court advantage and between that and the talent gap, the Aggies will win this one decidedly.
Texas A&M 79, Mississippi St. 64