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Texas A&M Aggies vs. Arizona Wildcats Predictions, Picks, Odds and NCAA Basketball Betting Preview – December 17, 2016

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Arizona Wildcats Predictions, Picks, Odds and NCAA Basketball Betting Preview – December 17, 2016


Texas A&M Aggies vs. Arizona Wildcats Preview

Where: Toyota Center, Houston

When: Saturday, December 17, 12:00 PM ET

Line: Texas A&M Aggies (TBA) vs. Arizona Wildcats (TBA) – view all NCAAB lines

TV Broadcast: ESPN

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Betting on the Texas A&M Aggies (TBA)

The Aggies will put their three-game win streak on the line this Saturday, when they face No. 19 Arizona in Texas. Texas A&M won its third-straight game in a row last Saturday, edging the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 83-76.

The Aggies’ offense has been clicking over their winning run, in which they averaged 83.0 points per game. Against the Bulldogs, they shot 54.9 percent from the field, though they shot poorly from beyond the arc, going 4-for-20. The Aggies got lots of points from the free throw line, where they took 37 attempts. They’re not likely to get as much success against the Wildcats’ stingy defense but their excellent ball movement could pave the way for plenty of easy scoring opportunities.

The Aggies are 19th in Division I in assists (18.0 per game). They’re also 10th in the nation in two-point shooting percentage with an impressive 57.8% clip.

The Aggies are 3-3 ATS in their last six games overall.

Betting on the Arizona Wildcats (TBA)

Like Texas A&M, the Wildcats are on a three-game unbeaten streak, which they will look to extend this Saturday against the Aggies.

The Wildcats are coming off a hard-earned 64-54 win over the very game Grand Canyon Antelopes. Arizona got the win despite displaying a pathetic job of taking good care of the leather, as the team committed 19 turnovers. The Wildcats also shot just 42.6% from the field.

Up against the Aggies, who have been lights out on offense of late, Arizona will have to show up defensively in order to avoid getting upset.

Arizona is allowing just 62.0 points per game and advanced scouting has probably given the Wildcats the idea that they could pay lesser attention to Texas A&M’s three-point shooting. For one, the Aggies are making just 6.2 treys per game on a poor 29.9 shooting percentage. Also note that the Wildcats have kept their opponents to only 62.8 points on 40.4 FG% over their first 10 games of the season.

As for their own offense, the Wildcats will be leaning on Lauri Markkanen and Rawle Alkins, who are averaging 16.3 PPG and 12.4 PPG, respectively, on the season.

Arizona is 3-2 ATS in its last five games overall.

Writer’s Prediction

Arizona wins, 68-60.

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Written by Rex

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