Missouri is Small NCAA Basketball Betting Favorite vs. Texas A&M

Missouri is Small NCAA Basketball Betting Favorite vs. Texas A&M

Written by on February 13, 2018

Both Texas A&M and Missouri got off to rough starts this season partly due to injuries but both the Aggies and Tigers are playing their best basketball at the moment are both are likely in the NCAA Tournament as things stand. However, a couple of losses and either side would slide back on the bubble. The No. 21 Aggies are slight NCAA Basketball betting dogs Tuesday at their SEC rivals. Be sure to check out the College Basketball odds before placing any bets tonight.

Texas A&M at Missouri NCAA Basketball Betting Pick & Game Info

When:  Tuesday, 7 PM ET Where:  Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo. TV: ESPNU Stream: WatchESPN Radio: TAMUSN (Texas A&M) / 98.1 FM (Missouri) Opening NCAA Basketball Betting Lines: Missouri -1

First Meeting

On Jan. 20 in College Station, Missouri lost 60-49 to start a three-game losing streak that saw the Tigers at 3-3 in the SEC and definitely not an NCAA tournament team at the time. That game was horrid offensively as A&M converted 39.1 percent (25 of 64) of its shots and Missouri made 27.8 percent (15 of 54) of its attempts. Missouri was held to season lows in points and shooting percentage, in the Tigers’ seventh straight loss to A&M. Both teams struggled from the 3-point line too, with A&M making 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) and Missouri 4 of 18 (22.2 percent). No Missouri player even scored in double digits. The Tigers often appeared overmatched against A&M big men Robert Williams and Tyler Davis.

Latest NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

  • Texas A&M is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Texas A&M is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas A&M’s last 6 games
  • Missouri is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Texas A&M
  • Missouri is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Missouri’s last 10 games

Why Bet on Texas A&M?

The Aggies moved into the Top 25 on Monday as they are on a four-game winning streak and up to 6-6 in the SEC after starting 0-5. On Saturday, A&M upset No. 24 Kentucky, 85-74. Kentucky led 30-26 at halftime, but the Aggies (17-8, 6-6) made 11 of their first 16 shots in the second half — including all four of their 3-point attempts — to take a 14-point lead. The Aggies dominated the Wildcats in fast-break points (18-10), and A&M’s high-flying Robert Williams had four of the team’s six blocks. TJ Starks was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging 20 points, three assists and 1.5 steals during the pair of wins over No. 8 Auburn and No. 24 Kentucky. Starks shot 48.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from 3-point range last week. Starks made his first career start Jan. 27 at Kansas and in five games as a starter is averaging 15.2 points per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 57.9 percent from long distance. In his last eight games, Williams has averaging 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest, while shooting 75.7 percent from the floor. He has also racked up 23 blocked shots during the span with 11 assists and six steals. Williams will be a lottery pick in the 2018 draft.

What Happened Recently Within the Team?

There was some bad news on Monday as A&M freshman guard J.J. Caldwell has been dismissed from the team and fellow freshman guard Jay Chandler has been suspended indefinitely after they were arrested early Sunday on charges of marijuana possession. Chandler has played in 24 of the Aggies’ 25 games, providing a spark off the bench for coach Billy Kennedy’s resurgent team. Considered a top national recruit, Caldwell has experienced multiple missteps and previous suspensions at A&M. His playing time diminished recently as another freshman, T.J. Starks, emerged. In addition, Duane Wilson announced via social media morning that his season has come to an end. Wilson has been battling a knee injury — identified as a partially torn ACL — and didn’t finish Saturday’s game against Kentucky after coming up hobbling on two occasions. Texas A&M now has nine scholarship players currently available on its roster.

Why Bet on Missouri?

The Tigers had the No. 1 recruit in the country in this freshman class in Michael Porter Jr., but he played just two minutes in the season opener and then had back surgery. He’s still hoping to return at some point this season, but time is running out. “My rehab therapist thinks I’m good to go with practice, except for the contact part,” he said during a press conference last week. “I’m hoping that the doctor clears me to do everything, contact included. That’s what I would love to hear. But it’s not up to me. It’s up to me to work hard and to the doctor to tell me I’m ready to go.” Since that three-game skid that started with the A&M loss, the Tigers also have won four in a row. It was 89-85 in overtime against visiting Mississippi State on Saturday. With the shot clock running out and only 10 seconds left in overtime, Kevin Puryear made a 3 from the left corner – his first 3-pointer since Jan. 10.

Who Else Has Had a Good Game?

Is Missouri a safe bet in NCAAB odds? Graduate senior guard Kassius Robertson had another standout game as he recorded a team-high 22 points for his seventh 20-point SEC game this season. Junior guard Jordan Geist scored 17, the most for him in a conference game this season, adding four three-pointers.  Mizzou had five different scorers reach double-digits, giving the Tigers six games this season with five or more double-digit scorers. Robertson was named the SEC Player of the Week for the second straight week. Head coach Cuonzo Martin has turned the Mizzou program back around in remarkable fashion. At 17-8 overall, the Tigers have doubled last season’s win total (8-24). Through 24 games last season, the Tigers were 7-17 and 2-10 in conference action. Martin has installed his patented defensive approach, while also shaping a sharp-shooting squad. Mizzou ranks in the nation’s Top 50 in both off. (55.2, 35th) and def. (45.5, 11th) effective FG percentage.

Expert NCAA Basketball Betting Prediction

Texas A&M stretches its winning streak to eight in the series.