It’s a potential trap game for No. 18 West Virginia on Saturday as the Mountaineers are off a big home win over No. 2 Kansas earlier this week. WVU might not be quite as focused on Saturday when they face former Big 12 school Texas A&M in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. WVU will be a solid favorite in the NCAAB odds.
Texas A&M at West Virginia Spread, Free Pick & TV Info
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Why Bet On Texas A&M?
Admon Gilder scored a career-high 22 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists Wednesday night as Texas A&M defeated Ole Miss 80-76. Texas A&M (11-8, 3-5) outscored the Rebels 7-3 in the final 90 seconds to snap a three-game road losing streak in the SEC. Tyler Davis added 20 points, shooting 9 of 11 from the field, while Robert Williams had 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Aggies shot 29 of 57 (51 percent) from the field and 7 of 18 (39 percent) from 3-point range. Texas A&M hit 9 of 10 free throws in the final nine minutes. The Aggies owned a 39-23 edge in the rebounding column that led to a 44-28 disparity for points in the paint. A&M collected 10 steals in the contest, their second-high total in a game this season (11 vs. Georgia).
A&M played without second-leading scorer DJ Hogg (13.1 points per game) who missed the game with a minor foot injury. He is listed as day-to- day.
The Aggies rank 13th nationally in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.7 per contest. On the offensive end, A&M has been efficient, ranking third in the SEC by shooting 46.5 percent from the field as a team as well as second in the SEC in assists with an average of 16.7 per contest. A&M ranks third in the league with a 1.2 assist-to- turnover ratio.
Defensively, A&M ranks third in FG percentage defense by allowing foes to shoot just 39.8 from the field. In the SEC rebounding column, A&M ranks third in the conference in rebounding margin at +5.7 and leads the league in offensive rebound percentage at 38.7 percent. The Aggies are 22nd nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.56).
Why Bet On West Virginia?
How good is WVU at home!? It thumped No. 1 Baylor there a few weeks ago and then did the same to the No. 2 Jayhawks on Tuesday, 85-69. West Virginia, which was paced by a career-high scoring outburst of 27 points by forward Esa Ahmad, turned it over just eight times. West Virginia had nine steals to KU’s three.
In the four games prior to the matchup with Kansas, Ahmad failed to score in double digits once. His best game, an eight-point outing in a rout of then-No. 1 Baylor on Jan. 10, preceded his four points in a two-point win at struggling Texas, a six-point performance in a home loss to Oklahoma and just three last Saturday, when the Mountaineers fell 79-75 at Kansas State.
As it did in the prior three victories over Kansas in Morgantown, West Virginia got off more shot attempts than the Jayhawks, more than held its own at the free throw line and also controlled the glass. West Virginia’s seven-rebound advantage was just the fifth time this season Kansas has been outrebounded by its opposition. It also happened in the Jayhawks’ only other loss at the beginning of the season against Indiana.
West Virginia’s win against No. 2 Kansas and its victory against top-ranked Baylor marks the first time since 2011-12 a team has beaten No. 1 and No. 2 in the same season. Indiana did it that year beating No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State. It is also the first time Kansas has lost four consecutive games in the same arena since it joined the Big 12 in 1996.
Bob Huggins has wins over 37 ranked teams at WVU, including 14 wins over Top 10 teams and two over No. 1. WVU’s 21-point win over No. 1 Baylor was the eighth-largest margin victory ever against a No. 1-ranked AP team. WVU is 6-1 in its last six games against AP Top 25 teams, including two wins over No. 1 and two wins over No. 6.
Texas A&M at West Virginia Free Pick: Texas A&M Aggies
Trap game! Take the Aggies and the points.