The 13th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers this weekend. The game tips off on Saturday, Feb. 13 from the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 1:00 pm ET on CBS.
The Aggies have been better against the spread going 26-22, +180. The LSU Tigers are 27-26, -160 ATS. In head-to-head matchups, the Texas A&M Aggies are 3-0 ATS.
What: Texas A&M Aggies (18-5) at LSU Tigers (15-8)
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Stadium: Pete Maravich Assembly Center
Spread: LSU -1
Game Total: N/A
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Texas A&M vs LSU
Bet The #13 Texas A&M Aggies Because…
The Aggies’ defense shut down LSU the last time that these 2 teams played. The 2 SEC squads battled each other on Jan. 19. In that game, as a -7 point home favorite, A&M was terrific when destroying LSU 71 to 57. The Aggies defense held the Tigers to 37.3% from the field and 31.6% from three. Tigers’ player Ben Simmons scored only 10 points. If the Aggies defense comes out with the same type of fire on Saturday, Texas A&M could pull off the upset in this key SEC road game.
Bet The LSU Tigers Because…
LSU has been awfully tough in their last 5 home games. The Tigers are a very good 4 and 1 straight up in those last 5 home games. The wins have come against Mississippi, 90 to 81 on Jan. 13, Arkansas 76 to 74 on Jan. 1, and Georgia 89 to 85 on Jan. 26. LSU also beat Mississippi State 88 to 77 on Feb. 6. The one home loss was to then #1 ranked Oklahoma 75 to 77 on Jan. 30. LSU has been tough at home. The Tigers figure to be a slight favorite on Feb. 13 against the spread versus the Aggies.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The key for LSU in this game won’t be super freshman Ben Simmons. It will be guard Jalyn Patterson. Patterson was 1 out of 5 from three in the first game against the Aggies. He went 1 out of 5 from the field as well. It’s not that Patterson needs to make shots. It’s that he needs to stop taking so many shots.
Patterson only played 5 minutes in LSU’s last game. There’s a great chance that if he takes a step back against the Aggies this time around, and allows guards Keith Hornsby and Tim Quarterman to do their thing, Texas A&M won’t be able to hold Simmons to less than 20 points. That’s LSU’s recipe for the straight up win. I like LSU in this matchup.