Selection Sunday has arrived on the final day of conference tournament games. After today, there aren’t more opportunities to impress the NCAA committee.
Some teams are a lock, while others are on the NCAA Tournament bubble. All five games this afternoon are conference championship games.
They beat Florida. They beat Auburn. They beat Arkansas.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) March 13, 2022
The Ivy, A 10, SEC, AAC, and Big Ten are scheduled for their conference championships games on Sunday. TheSportsGeek will have picks for SEC, AAC, and Big Ten Championships.
First up is the SEC at 1:00 p.m. EST between the Texas A&M Aggies and Tennessee Volunteers at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
We always talk about getting hot at the right time, and that’s the Aggies. Texas A&M is on a seven-game winning streak entering the day. Five of the seven wins were as an underdog.
In their most impressive attempt, the Aggies upset the regular season champion Auburn Tigers by a score of 67-62 as a 9-point underdog on Friday. There was no letdown for A&M.
The Aggies followed up with an 82-64 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks as 6.5-point underdogs. There is always one team that gets hot at the perfect times and rides it in the NCAA Tournament.
Texas A&M looks like a strong candidate to be that team. A strong Tennessee team awaits in the SEC Championship.
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— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) March 13, 2022
The Vols are hot, too, with six straight wins, including an identical 67-62 victory over Auburn and 69-62 yesterday over a talented Kentucky team. Expect a good one in Tampa.
Head below for our free Texas A&M vs. Tennessee prediction on March 13, 2022.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Tennessee Volunteers Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Texas A&M Aggies||+6.5 (-110)||+225||Over 130.5 (-120)|
|Tennessee Volunteers||-6.5 (-110)||-265||Under 130.5 (+100)|
|Team Data||Texas A&M Aggies||Tennessee Volunteers|
|Points Per Game||73.1||73.6|
|Points Against Per Game||66.7||63.3|
|Field Goal %||44.4||42.9|
|Three Point %||32.6||35.3|
Texas A&M vs. Tennessee Prediction:
Tennessee and Texas A&M have been in the same mold over the last few weeks. While everyone was paying attention to Kentucky and Auburn, Tennessee and Texas A&M were quietly asserting themselves in the SEC.
No one had the Aggies on their radar, but you had to give them respect following an 87-71 win at Alabama as a 10-point underdog. Four games later, Texas A&M beat the best team in the SEC during the regular season for their sixth win in a row.
The Aggies are 133rd in the NCAA with 73.1 points scored per game and a 44.6% field goal percentage. They’ve opened up the offense recently, with an average of 77.2 points per game on 48.2% shooting through their last five attempts.
Texas A&M had been solid defensively as well, with 66.7 points against per game and an opponent field goal percentage of 42.3%. The Volunteers have the defensive edge over the Aggies, but these teams are awfully even.
They both followed the same path to this point and heated up around the same time. Now they see one another in the SEC Championship on Sunday.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Tennessee Volunteers Betting Trends:
- 7-0 ATS in their previous seven games
- 5-0 ATS in their previous five games as an underdog
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games on a neutral court
- 5-0 ATS in their previous five games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
- 7-3-1 ATS in their previous 11 games as an underdog
- The favorite is 3-7-1 ATS in their previous 11 games versus Texas A&M
- 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games as a betting favorite
- 5-2 ATS in their previous seven games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
- OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games as an underdog
- OVER is 9-2 in their previous 11 games after covering the spread
Tennessee is 118th in the NCAA, with 73.6 points per game. That’s a hair better than what the Aggies are scoring, though A&M has the advantage with a 44.4% field goal percentage as opposed to 42.9% for the Volunteers.
There isn’t much separating these schools defensively as well. As noted above, Texas A&M has allowed 66.7 points a game going into the SEC Championship. The Volunteers are conceding 63.3 points per game for 33rd in the country.
This season, Tennessee had the advantage in both meetings with a 68-54 and 90-80 win. However, the last game was in early February, with Texas A&M playing much better basketball since then. The Aggies have been well-balanced with production throughout their starting five.
Considering how these teams are playing at the moment, expect a tight game that goes down to the final seconds. I’m not interested in laying any points in the SEC Championship in a 68-64 or 66-63 game in Tampa.