Texas A&M (5-1) at LSU (5-1)
LSU posts a 24-18 win in the series as the Tigers have won the last six meetings over the past three years. Texas A&M won six of the seven contests prior to the Tigers 6-game run. LSU has won it’s past two SEC openers and is 50-38 in the opening league contests. This opens the Aggies’ ninth SEC season as Texas A&M is 3-5 in SEC lid-lifters.
Vs. the Spread:
The UNDER has been the play in four of the Aggies’ last six games and Texas A&M is 1-4 ATS in their last five games at LSU. The total has gone OVER in 11 of LSU’s last 16 outings. The Tigers are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 SEC contests.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Texas A&M||+8 (-105)||+300||O 142 (-116)|
|LSU||-8 (-115)||-370||U 142 (-104)|
Last Time Out:
Emanuel Miller had 16 points and eight boards and Hasaan Diarra had 14 as Texas A&M rolled past Wofford, 70-52. DIarra had a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half to give the Aggies a 29-28 lead and the Terriers never threatened the Aggies in the second half.
LSU shot over 50 percent for the fifth time in six games as the Tigers held off stubborn Nicholls State, 86-80. The Tigers shot 65.8 percent from inside the 3-point line and 55.4 percent for the game. Freshman Cam Thomas led LSU with 29 points while Trendon Watford had 22 and Darius Days netted 15.
Buzz Williams laid the foundation of his program in year one last season and by the end of the regular season, Texas A&M was competing and beating top-level SEC competition.
Williams’ defense has the penchant to control games, but that is not without efficient offense.
Sophomore Emanuel Miller is averaging 18 points and 9.4 boards per game as he ties for first in the league in rebounding. Miller has been a wizard at getting to the line as he has made 40 out of 50 free throws and is third in the nation in kenpom.com’s free throw rate. Quenton Jackson (11.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Savion Flagg (10.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg) also average double-digits while Flagg has drawn seven of Texas A&M’s 11 charges drawn.
Coach Will Wade has a scoring dynamo in freshman Cam Thomas and who combines with point guard Javonte Smart and forwards Trendon Watford and Darius Days to form a congregation on options on offense for which opponents must game plan. Thomas (22.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg) has made 10 field goals three times in LSU’s first six games.
Watford leads LSU with 4.8 assists per game which is a steady complement to Smart (15.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.8 apg) who is one of the most physical point guards in the nation on both ends of the floor. Days (14.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg) has made 31-of-53 field goals, including 11 triples through the first six games. The Tigers have had five games cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols and Smart is due back in the line up after missing the win over Nicholls due to those protocols.
Texas A&M is averaging 17 turnovers per night to start the season while LSU has put up 50 steals while forcing 14.8 turnovers per game in the first six. The Aggies have to value the ball to be in position to sneak out of Baton Rouge with the ‘W’.
Winner: LSU 80, Texas A&M (+8) 73
O/U: Take OVER 142