Tennessee (8-1, 2-1) at Texas A&M (6-3, 1-2)
- Reed Arena, College Station, Tex.
- 11 am PST/1 pm CST/2 pm EST
Vols Hold Slight Lead in Series:
The Volunteers hold an 8-6 lead in the series which saw a three-game Volunteers winning streak end last season as the Aggies took a 63-58 win in Knoxville. Texas A&M holds a 5-4 lead in the series since the Aggies joined the SEC for the 2012-13 season. Tennessee holds a 3-2 lead in College Station and amazingly, Vols coach Rick Barnes once interviewed A&M boss Buzz Williams for an assistant’s job when Barnes was the head coach at Texas.
Vs. The Spread:
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Vols’ last 9 games
- The OVER has been the play though in 15 of Tennessee’s last 20 road games
- The Volunteers are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 SEC games
- The total has gone UNDER in the Aggies’ last six games
- The OVER has been the play in 5 of the last 7 meetings between the Aggies and Vols
- A&M is 7-0 SU in it’s last 7 home games
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Tennessee Volunteers||-10½ (-110)||–||O 129 (-110)|
|Texas A&M Aggies||+10½ (-110)||–||U 129 (-110)|
Last Time Out:
Vols slip past Razorbacks; Aggies blown away by Gamecocks
Josiah Jordan-James and Victor Bailey tallied 17 points each and John Fulkerson added 16 as the Vols edged Arkansas, 79-74, on Wednesday. Tennessee had to make eight late free throws to secure the win over the stubborn Razorbacks. Fulkerson scored Tennessee’s first nine point to start the second half after the Hogs led, 42-35, at the break.
Emanuel Miller scored a career-high 28 points, but it wasn’t near enough as the Aggies couldn’t off-set the hot Gamecocks’ shooting in a 78-54 loss the South Carolina. Quenton Jackson added 13 as A&M had gotten to within 38-34 before South Carolina broke the game open for good with a 17-5 run.
The Vols’ defense is No. 2 in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency as it gives up only 86.8 points per 100 possessions, per kenpom.com. The Vols also force 25.1 turnovers per 100 possessions which will leave Aggies guards Savion Flagg (7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Jackson (12.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg) on notice about getting A&M into it’s offense.
As well as operating with efficiency as they average 17.1 turnovers per game. Jackson has the most with 31 on the year. Miller (18.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg) needs more Aggies than Jackson to be able to step up and supplement the offense on a regular basis.
- Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi has fashioned an SEC best 2.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ration which leads the SEC. He also leads the Vols in 3-point shooting as he has made 18-of-45.
Dealing with the dynamics and scoring ability of Tennessee’s offense will be quite a challenge for the Aggies. Freshman Jaden Springer is the only Volunteer to eclipse 20 points this season when he scored 21 in a win over Tennessee Tech back in December. Six different Volunteers have scored in double figures this season.
As well as having five different players that have led them in scoring. The Aggies have ten players averaging double figures in minutes and Williams does a good job of finding matchups of the defensive end once the game begins. With Victor Bailey, Jr., (13.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg) leading the Vols in scoring and six other Vols averaging between 11.7 and 7.8 points, the challenge of who to account for with more immediacy doesn’t usually reveal itself until during the game.
- Aggies forward Emanual “E-Man” Miller is one of only six SEC players to score in double figures. He shoots 62 percent from the floor to lead the SEC as he has gotten to the line 64 times in the Aggies’ eight games
Winner: Tennessee 71, Texas A&M (+10½) 62
O/U: Take OVER 129