January 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM #53074
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
Venue/ Stadium: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Time/Date: 9 PM EST Tuesday, January 21, 2014
NCAA Odds From: Bovada
Spread: Kentucky -14
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Kentucky Wildcats Preview
Texas A&M is 6-5 ATS with an O/U record of 3-7 and Kentucky is 6-7-2 ATS with an O/U record of 6-7-1.
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This season Kentucky is 11-0 at home and Texas A&M is 1-1 on the road.
In their last games Kentucky beat Tennessee 74-66 and Texas A&M lost to Mississippi State 81-72.
14th ranked Kentucky and Texas A&M are both 3-1 in SEC play and the winner will keep pace with the Florida Gators, who have not lost in conference play.
Texas A&M has a good defense ranking 21st in the nation and their D will be key in this game, as they are not a high scoring team only ranking 253rd in the nation in points per game.
Jamal Jones (12.3 ppg) is the only Texas A&M player that is averaging in double figures. In his last 3 games he is averaging 23 ppg, but will still need help from the likes of Kourtney Roberson and Alex Caruso, who are each averaging over 9 ppg.
Since John Calipari took over as head coach at Kentucky his only loss at home in the SEC came against Texas A&M.
Texas A&M will have their hands full tonight facing 6’9” UK FW Julius Randle, who leads the squad in points and rebounds.
Freshman PG Andrew Harrison scored a career high 26 points in the win over Tennessee. He is one of 4 players for the Wildcats that are averaging in double figures.
One key for the Aggies pulling off the huge upset is their play on the glass. Kentucky ranks 6th in the nation in rebounds per game and both Randle and 7’ C Willie Cauley-Stein are monsters on the board and the Aggies have to keep them from dominating the glass.
Texas A&M does not have a great frontcourt and they will need FW Kourtney Roberson to play well on both sides of the floor.
Tonight’s game will be the Aggies first this season facing a ranked team.
Texas A&M is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 42-18 ATS in their last 60 games following a S.U. loss, and they have an Under record of 6-2 in their last 8 games.
Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 SEC games, and in their last 11 home games they have an Under record of 7-3-1.
Jason’s Pick: Texas A&M has a solid defensive team, but do not have nearly the firepower to keep up with Kentucky. Still, they will play good D and not get totally blown out, which is why they will cover the spread.
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