Tennessee Volunteers vs Texas A&M Aggies Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Texas A&M Aggies
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Reed Arena in College Station, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee (-9)
The Tennessee Volunteers (8-1) are headed to Reed Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Texas A&M Aggies (6-3). Tennessee opens this matchup as 9-point favorites. The over/under opens at 127.
Tennessee enters this matchup with a record of 8-1 so far this year. They are averaging 77.8 pts per contest (92nd in D-1) while shooting 45.5% from the floor. The Volunteers are connecting on 34.4% on 3-point shots (53 of 154) and 75.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Tennessee is pulling in 39.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 134 dimes for the year, which is 127th in college hoops in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 9.9 times per game and as a group are committing 15.2 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Volunteers have forced 17.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.8 personal fouls. They give up 30.8% on shots from distance and they are 5th in D-1 in PPG allowed (57.1). The Volunteers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 38.8% (186 of 479) and they concede 31.4 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 90th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 86 conceded for the campaign.
The Tennessee Volunteers faced the Arkansas Razorbacks and took home the win by a score of 79-74 in their last contest. Tennessee ended with a 45.0% FG percentage (27 out of 60) and buried 5 of their 18 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Volunteers knocked down 20 of 26 shots for a percentage of 76.9%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they earned 25 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 13 dimes for the game as well as earning 10 steals and 9 blocks. When talking about the defense, Tennessee allowed their opponent to shoot 45.0% from the field on 27 out of 60 shooting. Arkansas totaled 12 dimes and had 2 steals in this game. On top of that, the Razorbacks collected 33 rebounds (4 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 9 blocked shots. Arkansas finished the game shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by burying 8 of 10 attempts. They converted 8 out of their 20 tries from beyond the arc.
Josiah-Jordan James is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up scoring 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He played 36 minutes played and also grabbed 9 rebounds. James went 50.0% from the field and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Volunteers was Victor Bailey. He collected 2 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He finished shooting 55.6% from the floor for the game by connecting on 5-of-9 (17 points). Overall, Bailey was on the hardwood for 23 minutes.
Texas A&M has a win-loss mark of 6-3 this year. Texas A&M has accounted for 606 points so far this season (67.3 per game) and they grab 33.7 boards per game. The Aggies are committing 17.6 fouls every game while shooting 71.4% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Aggies are connecting on 44.1% from the field, which has them ranked 197th in college hoops. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 12.8 times per game (224th in the nation) and they cough up possession 17.0 times per game. The Aggies on defense are ranked 69th in D-1 in points given up per game with 65.0. The Texas A&M defense gives up 34.2% on 3-pointers (82 of 240) and their opponents are knocking down 60.7% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 16.3 dimes and 31.7 boards every game, which ranks them 319th and 56th in college basketball. They are able to force 17.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.7% from the floor (180th in the nation).
In their last game, the Texas A&M Aggies took a loss by a final score of 78-54 when they faced the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Aggies corralled 22 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 25 in this contest. They blocked 2 shots while earning 9 steals in the game. The Gamecocks had 16 personal fouls in the game which got the Aggies to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 78.9%. In reference to shooting from downtown, Texas A&M converted 5 of their 25 tries (20.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Aggies finished the game shooting 17 out of 50 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.0%. The Aggies permitted the Gamecocks to bury 29 of 69 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.0% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from beyond the arc by going 10 out of 30 and finished the game at 10 out of 15 at the free throw line (66.7%). In reference to rebounding, Texas A&M permitted South Carolina to pull down 44 in total (17 offensive).
Emanuel Miller pitched in for the Aggies for this contest. He buried 10 out of 15 for this game for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which earned him 28 points. Miller collected 6 rebounds in his 34 mins played and had 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who came through for Texas A&M was Quenton Jackson. He ended up with 13 points in his 28 minutes played by going 4 of 10 from the floor in the matchup. Jackson ended up shooting 40.0% from the floor while also contributing 5 dimes and 3 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Texas A&M (+9) and under 127 points
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