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Texas A&M vs South Carolina Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Aggies vs Gamecocks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks
- Where: Columbia at Colonial Life Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Texas A&M -8, TXAM -388 | SC +296 O/U 133.0
The Texas A&M Aggies head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 11-5. On the road, the Aggies will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 3-1. So far, the Aggies have been favored 14 times, going 10-4 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Texas A&M as -8 point favorites.
Texas A&M will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Wade Taylor IV who is averaging 15.31 points per game for the Aggies. IV is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Aggies’ offensive game plan is the play of Tyrece Radford who has hit 42.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.94 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Texas A&M this season, as they are currently ranked 152nd in college basketball at 72.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Aggies’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 281st in the NCAA.
South Carolina heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-8. Currently, the Gamecocks have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 6-4. So far, the Gamecocks have been the underdog 10 times, going 4-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8 underdogs on the spread.
Gregory Jackson II comes into today’s game as the Gamecocks’ leading scorer at 15.75 points per contest. Not only has II been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is South Carolina’s top rebounder at 6.81 boards per contest. Behind II, the team has benefited from the strong play of Meechie Johnson Jr., who is second on the team in scoring at 13.14 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.9% of his shots and is adding 4.29 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for South Carolina this season, as they are currently ranked 205th in college basketball at 71.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Gamecocks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.6%, placing them 385th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: South Carolina Gamecocks +8
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Texas A&M as the favorites with a line coming in at -8. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the South Carolina Gamecocks to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Texas A&M at 6.86 made 3’s per game compared to South Carolina at 6.81. Look for South Carolina to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Aggies.
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