Two “Aggies” square off today as the Utah State Aggies and Texas A&M Aggies meet up in the 1st round of the March Madness NCAA tournament this afternoon (Friday, March 19th). The Utah State Aggies were seeded 12th in the South Region, while Texas A&M was given a 5 seed in the South. Utah State comes into the NCAA tournament with a 27-7 record overall, and had won 17 straight games before losing to New Mexico State in the WAC Championship Final game. Texas A&M completed the season with an overall record of 23-9, and recently lost by 13 points to Kansas in the Big 12 Conference tournament. These two teams have never met each other, but we can guarantee it will be an exciting game between these two solid teams. Sportsbooks have listed the Texas A&M Aggies as 3 point favorites this afternoon with the total set at 125. The Utah State vs Texas A&M line, spread, betting odds and my picks and predictions can be found below.
Utah State vs Texas A&M Spread, Lines, Betting Odds:
Utah State +3 (-105 @ 5dimes.com>)
vs Texas A&M -3 (-105 @ 5dimes.com)
Utah State (+144 @ 5dimes.com) (+135 @ sportsbook.com)
vs Texas A&M (-154 @ 5dimes.com) (-155 @ sportsbook.com)
Over 125 (-105 @ 5dimes.com)
Under 125 (-105 @ 5dimes.com)
Utah State vs Texas A&M Predictions:
Spread Prediction – Utah State is 13-4 Against The Spread in their last 17 games overall, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. Texas A&M have done well lately against the spread going 10-2 int heir last 12 games, but are only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games as a favorite. If Utah State can hit shots from outside like they have all season with their 42% 3 point shooting, and play an aggressive game down low, not only could I see them beating this 3 point spread but also winning outright. BET ON UTAH STATE +3.
Game Total Prediction – Both teams are averaging over 71 points per game, although they have fairly sound defenses. The over is 5-0 in Utah State’s last 5 games following a loss, and 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The over is 4-0 in Texas A&M’s last 4 neutral site games as a favorite, and 7-3 in their last 10 games when favored by 0.5-6.5 points. I can see this being a 68-67 type game, and with the low total set at 125 I am looking for it to go over the total. BET OVER 125.