Tennessee vs. Texas A&M Odds, Prediction: Will Aggies Keep Title Hopes Alive?
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Tennessee vs. Texas A&M Odds
-115o / -105u
|Texas A&M Odds|
-115o / -105u
We have a heavyweight matchup in the SEC on Tuesday night as Tennessee heads west to College Station to take on the surging Texas A&M Aggies.
These two squads currently sit at second and third, respectively, in the conference and are both chasing Alabama for the regular season crown.
Tennessee has stumbled a bit as of late, including on Saturday, when the Vols lost to Kentucky for a second time in 2023.
That leaves Texas A&M as the team with the most realistic chance of catching the Tide.
The Aggies have not lost at Reed Arena since late December and have been cruising by most of the SEC competition they have seen.
Let’s discuss where the betting value lies in this top 25 matchup.
There’s no denying that Tennessee is an elite defensive unit.
With that being said, the Vols certainly benefited from some really favorable shooting numbers from opponents early on in the season.
There has been some regression in recent weeks, most notably in Tennessee’s last four games.
The Vols have lost three of those four, allowing 86 to Missouri in a home loss while also coming up short at Vanderbilt.
The Volunteers’ offense can sometimes get stagnant and is often reliant on Zakai Zeigler to create something late in the shot clock.
Olivier Nkamhoua and Josiah-Jordan James will have their hands full against an A&M frontline that can really limit opponents on the interior.
Rick Barnes’ team will need some of its perimeter players to step up and knock down some shots from the outside if it wants to leave College Station with a victory.
After a 67-62 loss at home to Wofford on Dec. 20, the Aggie faithful were starting to get a little bit restless with Buzz Williams.
Since that point, it’s been nothing but sunshine and rainbows in Aggieland.
A&M has won 14 of its last 16 games and enters Tuesday’s contest in sole possession of second place at 12-2 in conference play.
Williams’ team ranks inside the top 50 in both KenPom’s Offensive and Defensive Adjusted Efficiency rankings, a sign of a balanced team on both ends of the floor.
Wade Taylor IV and Tyrece Radford have been the anchors in the backcourt for the Aggies, and both have been uber-efficient with the ball in recent weeks.
On the inside, Julius Marble and Henry Coleman III are absolute loads to deal with. TAMU ranks seventh in ORB%, and that’s in large part due to the combination of these two.
Texas A&M’s defense has bothered opponents all year inside Reed Arena, and it will look to do it once again on Tuesday against a Tennessee team that can struggle to score it from time to time.
Tennessee vs. Texas A&M Betting Pick
Not a single SEC team has won at Reed Arena this season, and I don’t see that changing on Tuesday night.
Tennessee continues to be plagued by long scoring droughts on offense, and A&M has the defensive formula to give the Vols problems.
Couple that with the rebounding prowess of both Marble and Coleman, and I expect Tennessee to really struggle to generate some easy baskets.
The Aggies have shot the ball efficiently at home for most of the year, which will be key against a Vols defense that will test them.
Ultimately, I have far more confidence in A&M being able to knock down some shots from the outside, and I also think the Aggies can once again use the offensive glass as a real weapon in this one.
Give me the Aggies to win and cover at home, keeping their SEC title hopes alive in the process.
Pick: Texas A&M -1.5
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