College Basketball Odds – Texas A&M Aggies at Vanderbilt Commodores Game Preview
Written by Adam Markowitz 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 Texas A&M Aggies and the Vanderbilt Commodores will start at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Memorial Gymnasium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
The Vanderbilt Commodores were always supposed to have one of the most talented teams in the SEC. They’ve been horribly disappointing the whole year though, and there’s a real chance they won’t get into the NCAA Tournament. They’ll have an opportunity to get a signature win on Thursday at home against the Texas A&M Aggies.
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HOW THE TEXAS A&M AGGIES CAN COVER THE SPREAD
Whereas Vandy has underachieved, Texas A&M has really overachieved. This is a team known for its defense, and the numbers don’t lie. The Aggies have played against a ton of high-flying teams this year, the most recent of which was Iowa State. However, the club is allowing an average of 64.1 points per game, and rare is the team which shoots much better than 40 percent against it.
What’s really impressive about the Aggies though, is their efficiency when it comes to scoring. It shouldn’t be shocking that the Aggies took out ISU as a part of the SEC/Big XII Challenge, but what was so shocking about the win was that they found a way to get 42 points on the board in the second half without playing too much of an up-and-down game like the Cyclones would’ve wanted.
The recipe really is simple for the Aggies. Danuel House and Jalen Jones need to score. Alex Caruso and Tonny Trocha-Morelos need to come up big on the glass. Tyler Davis needs to bang in the paint and score on most of his opportunities.
That’s the formula which has worked thus far this season, and we see no reason why the Aggies would have to deviate from that to beat Vanderbilt.
HOW THE VANDERBILT COMMODORES CAN COVER THE SPREAD
It’s all gone wrong for the Commodores on the offensive end of the court. Damian Jones and Luke Kornet were supposed to be double-double threats every single night, while Wade Baldwin IV was thought of as a man who could average 20 points per game if he was at his best.
Jones has had some moments of brilliance for sure, but Kornet has been a massive disappointment offensively, while Baldwin has been far too inconsistent in spite of the fact that he’s the Commodores’ leading scorer.
Vandy is averaging a relatively healthy 76.0 points per game, but we haven’t seen this team top 60 in three straight games against similar foes. This game isn’t going to be played at an up-tempo pace at all, and if the Commodores get slowed down once again as we expect, how are they going to score in the high-60s at least, if not the low- to mid-70s?
That’ll be the answer they have to find if they’re to cover this one.
ANALYSIS AND ODDS PREDICTION
After losing on the road against Texas by 14 and Kentucky by 19, we really just wonder if the Commodores are ever going to get it right. Sure, they beat Florida at home by a point, but for the most part, they haven’t been good against the best teams on the docket, and we really don’t see that changing all that much.
Texas A&M has been workmanlike all year long, and another good performance out of its backcourt parlayed with a decent game defensively to keep Kornet and Jones in check should be enough to get the Aggies out of Nashville with a ‘W’.
Texas A&M 69, Vanderbilt 62