Predicting The Final Score When Kentucky Faces Texas A&MNoah Williams
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats travel to the Lone Star State on Saturday for a noon showdown with the Texas A&M Aggies in great lead-in game for the explosive AFC divisional playoff between the Ravens and Patriots. Predicting the winner in this NCAA basketball tilt is easy, predicting the final score is a bit more of a daunting task.
The contest between the Wildcats and Aggies will mark the first road game in the Southeastern Conference for Kentucky. UK owns a 4-2 lead in the series including a 1-0 mark when the game is played in College Station.
Kentucky last traveled to Texas A&M during the 2012-13 campaign. The Wildcats earned a 72-68 victory in overtime on Feb. 2, 2013. Freshman Nerlens Noel had a season-high 19 points and senior Julius Mays also added 19 points, including five in overtime, to help the Wildcats to victory.
Analyzing My Final Score Prediction When Kentucky Faces Texas A&M
Matchup: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats Heat at Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Jan. 10, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: College Station, Texas
Stadium: Reed Arena
TV Info: CBS
Stream: College Sports Live
Radio: Kentucky Vs Texas A&M
Kentucky (14-0 SU, 8-6 ATS) remained undefeated but had a big-time battle on their hands in their thrilling 89-86 overtime win against Mississippi on Tuesday night. I like the grit that Kentucky showed in overcoming a determined Rebels team that showed absolutely no quit whatsoever.
The Wildcats are led in scoring by guard Aaron Harrison (11.4 ppg), but have a plethora of future NBA performers that can fill the bucket in a variety of ways. Senior center Willie Cauley-Stein leads Kentucky in rebounding (7.0 per), field goal percentage (58.8 percent) and surprisingly, steals (1.9 per).
Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in scoring (76.3 ppg),but it is their swarming defense that has gotten the job done by limiting their opponents to just 50.6points per game (1st) and a nation’s best 31.1 percent field goal shooting.
Texas A&M (9-4 SU, 5-6 ATS) got soundly spanked in their convincing 56-44 road loss against Alabama on Tuesday night to snap a modest two-game winning streak. The Aggies have been wildly inconsistent in dropping three of their last six games overall, with convincing losses against Baylor (77-63)and Kansas State (71-64) along the way.
Senior guard Jalen Jones leads Texas A&M in scoring (13.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg) for an Aggies team that ranks a mediocre 172nd in scoring (68.1 ppg) and 179th in three-point field goal percentage (33.8%).
The Aggies rank 78th in the country in points allowed (61.4 per) and hold their opponents to just 28.4 percent shooting from three-point distance (29th), but the Aggies’ offensive issues have been burdensome to say the least.
I’m expecting Kentucky to be favored by at least a dozen points in this contest and that is a figure I believe the Wildcats will cover with room to spare. I genuinely believe that Kentucky’s close scare against Mississippi will have John Calipari’s team focused from the outset of this contest. The Wildcats are too big, too strong, too fast and too talented to lose to a Texas A&M team that is still looking to find its identity.
With Kentucky going 3-1 ATS over their last four games, I am predicting that the Wildcats cover a spread up to 15 points over the Aggies.