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Kansas State vs. Texas A&M NCAA Basketball Preview & Free Pick

Bet On College Basketball: KSU vs Texas A&M

Kansas State picked up a massive win on the road last week, then they followed it up with a disappointing loss at home to Iowa State.

NCAA Basketball Matchup: Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
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NCAA Basketball Betting Favorite: Kansas State -4
Over/Under: 119

Matchup | Preview 

It’s been that sort of a year for Frank Martin and the Wildcats.

Texas A&M was picked to finish at the top of the Big 12 this year, but the team sits below .500. Not much has gone right for the Aggies this year.

The Wildcats are on the NCAA Tournament bubble at this point.

The road win over Missouri likely has them in the tournament right now, but they’d better not finish out the season poorly or they could be left at home. Over the last two years, Kansas State has lost two great leaders in Clemente and Pullen.

Without either of them in the lineup this year, the Wildcats appear lost at times. Rodney McGruder is the team’s leading scorer at 14.7 points per game. No one on this team shoots better than 36% from beyond the arc. Defensively, they only allow opponents to shoot 39.8%.[soliloquy id=”82219″]

Texas A&M plays solid defense, but they have been inept on the offensive end this year.

The Aggies rank 315th out of 345 teams in Division I college basketball in scoring at 60.6 points per contest. Khris Middleton has been injured on and off all season, and he really is the team’s most talented offensive player. Elston Turner leads the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game.

How bad of a shooting team is Texas A&M? Four regulars on this team shoot 28% or worse from three-point range. Texas A&M gives up just 60.4 points per game.

This is a team that is dangerous if they score, but they are very inconsistent on that end of the floor.

Kansas State won the first meeting by winning the turnover and rebounding battle.

The Wildcats need this win badly, and I think they’ll win in a very close low scoring game.

Prediction: Kansas State 59 Texas A&M 57



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