The Texas A&M Aggies (15-4, 4-2 SEC) clash with the #19 LSU Tigers (15-4, 3-4 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference midweek showdown on Wednesday night. Both teams have struggled as of late, with the visitors dropping two in a row and the hosts falling in three straight.
Wednesday’s game time is a 9 p.m. EST tip-off inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, LA. LSU is an 8.5-point favorite, and the over-under total is at 129.5 points.
What to Know – Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies aim to bounce back with a big road win against the Tigers after losses at home versus Kentucky and on the road against Arkansas. Texas A&M ranks 60th in the KenPom and 61st in the NCAA’s NET rankings.
On offense, the Aggies average 74.9 points per game behind a 45.9 percent shooting effort from the floor and 35.1 percent shooting beyond the arc. TAMU’s defense allows 62.6 points per game, 40.3 percent shooting from the field, and 31.9 percent from three.
Texas A&M and Arkansas went to overtime, with the Razorbacks pulling away with a 76-73 this past Saturday. The Aggies turned the ball over 19 times and shot 37.1 percent from the floor. Wade Taylor IV came off the bench to score a season-high 25 points in the defeat.
TAMU is 9-8-1 against the spread this season and 2-2 ATS on the road. The Aggies are 4-1 ATS over their last five contests but 1-7 ATS in their previous eight games against the Tigers.
What to Know – LSU Tigers
LSU rose near the top 10 after a 15-1 start to the season, but the Tigers have stumbled over the last ten days with three consecutive conference losses. The Tigers have a solid ranking in the KenPom at 12th and find themselves slightly better in the NET at ten.
The Tigers score 73.3 points per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from three. On defense, LSU surrenders a conference-best 58.1 points per game, holding opponents to 35.7 percent shooting and 26.5 percent from the 3-point line.
The Tigers scored a season-low 50 points in Saturday’s 14-point loss to the Tennessee Volunteers. LSU was awful beyond the arc, hitting just 4-of-19 shots from three. Tari Eason paced the Tigers with 16 points.
LSU is 14-5 ATS this year and 10-2 ATS on its home floor. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS at home over their last six games against the Aggies.
The Pick is In
Wednesday night’s conference tilt features two teams needing a victory to turn the momentum around after recent losses. LSU has been excellent at home this season and has the top scoring defense in the league to contain the Aggies offense.
TAMU might give the Tigers some fits early, but LSU stops their losing skid Wednesday night and pulls out a double-digit SEC victory at home. Bet on the LSU Tigers to cover the spread!
Betting Pick: LSU Tigers -8.5