Texas A&M vs Alabama Odds, Pick: Aggies the Play?

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Texas A&M vs Alabama Odds, Pick

Saturday, Feb. 17
12 p.m. ET
ESPN
Texas A&M Odds
SpreadTotalMoneyline
+7.5
-105
159.5
-110o / -110u
+290
Alabama Odds
SpreadTotalMoneyline
-7.5
-115
159.5
-110o / -110u
-375
Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute NCAAB odds here.

The Alabama Crimson remain one of the nation's best offensive teams. Alabama is the number one team in adjusted offensive efficiency and is a freight train pulling away from the station.

Alabama hosts the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies are aggressive, but their offense has been the opposite of the Tide's.

For as good as the Tide have been, the market has overreacted to last week's results. There is no reason to overreact to the Aggies' loss to Vanderbilt, as it was a typical letdown spot after a massive home victory.

Here's Texas A&M vs. Alabama odds and a pick.


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Texas A&M Aggies

After digging through the box score, it's peculiar that the Aggies lost to Vanderbilt on a buzzer-beater. Texas A&M was flawless at the charity stripe and shot over 50% from the field.

There is no question that the Aggies were due for a letdown after their big win over Tennessee, but nobody expected them to lose outright. Buzz Williams' team has firmly earned a ticket to the dance in March, but they need to figure out their offensive issues beforehand.

The story of the Aggies' season has been their poor 3-point shooting (28%) and inability to consistently hit shots. They find themselves in the bottom 25 of the country in both categories.

Guards Wade Taylor IV and Tyrece Radford are easily one of the best back-court duos in the country, but they have yet to get any help.

Taking on the Tide is always a tall task, but Texas A&M's path to keeping this game close involves the free-throw line. Alabama fouls at a high frequency, so if the Aggies can continue their resurgence at the stripe, they'll chip away at any possible deficit.

The Aggies are the best offensive-rebounding team in the country, which will correlate to preventing the number of times the Tide can get out in transition.


Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide's offense is a particular group and might be better than last year's unit. There is no Brandon Miller-esque prospect on the team, but the overall offensive efficiency is much higher.

Alabama's 3-point, 2-point and free-throw percentages are all spectacular.

To cover this big number at home, the Tide must step up on the defensive side of the ball. Although the Aggies have struggled to shoot the basketball, they protect it well.

The Tide don't force turnovers and could be a better defensive rebounding team, which is terrible news in a matchup against the Aggies.

Their overall defense has a lot of question marks, so it is tough to gauge what the group brings to the table each night. The back-court battle between these teams is appointment television.

There is good reason to invest in the Tide in the long run, but it's wise to stay away from backing them in the contest.


Texas A&M vs Alabama

Betting Pick & Prediction

Facing Alabama's offense is never fun, but I trust the Aggies to bounce back on the road. Williams' team is resilient, and I hope their past two offensive performances indicate that their shooting luck has turned the corner.

I don't expect the Aggies to contain the Tide all afternoon, but their offensive rebounding edge and recent free-throw success should keep the game within reach.

If the Aggies hit consistently from deep, they'll have a shot at a big upset. I’ll happily take the points in this matchup.

Pick: Texas A&M +9 or Better

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