Texas A&M Aggies (9-6 SU, 4-7-0 ATS, 5-5-1 OU) vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-4 SU, 7-5-0 ATS, 7-5-0 OU)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi
SEC college basketball action on Saturday afternoon and the Texas A&M Aggies will duke it out with the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi. The Aggies check in off a 92-62 win over LSU at home, but are still just 1-3 in the SEC, while the Bulldogs are off a 84-78 win over Arkansas on the road and they are now 2-1 in league play.
Aggies Tame The Tigers At Home
The Texas A&M Aggies are one of those quiet SEC teams that don’t get a lot of pub, but at the end of the year they are in the mix for a title in the SEC. This year they are just 1-3 in the SEC, but they may have turned a corner as they are off a 30 point home win over LSU. That is the confidence building win that they really needed. The Aggies shot 56.7% from the field overall, hit 18 of 24 free throws, outrebounded the Tigers 44-31 and held them to 36.8% shooting overall, including just 21.4% from long range. They dominated just about every segment of the game, but they were -2 in turnovers. That didn’t cost them at all. Leading their attack was Admon Gilder and Tonny Trocha-Morelos, who each had 14 points, while Robert Williams and Chris Collins each has 123 and DJ Hogg chipped in with 10. Pretty balanced scoring. On the year, the Aggies have five players that have averaged at least 8.5 ppg and they have been led by Tyler Davis at 13.7 ppg, while 2nd is Hogg at 13.1 ppg and Gilder is 3rd at 12.2 ppg.
Texas A&M has averaged 63.0 ppg and have allowed 89.5 ppg in true road games this year, while in league play they have put up 70.2 ppg and have allowed 78.0 ppg. The Aggies enter this game ranked 169th in the nation in scoring, putting up 74.3 ppg, while also ranking 41st in FG% (47.8%), 233rd in 3-point shooting (33.9%) and 330th in free throw shooting (63.5%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been very solid as they come in ranked 87th in points allowed, giving up 67.7 ppg, while also ranking 37th in defensive FG% (39.4%) and 233rd in 3-point defense (35.5%).
Weatherspoon Leads Bulldogs Over Razorbacks
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are having a solid season so far5 as they have gone 11-4 overall and have won five of their last six games. They are 3-1 in the SEC and now must deal with an Aggies team that is off a 30 point win over LSU. Their last game was Arkansas and they won that game 84-78 in a hard-fought battle. They were 10 point dogs in the game. The Bulldogs shot 45.5% from the field overall, including 42.6% from beyond the arc, but they did miss 10 free throws. On defense they did struggle some overall as they allowed 47.5% shooting overall, but did defend the are pretty well as they allowed just 33.3% from long range. Leading their attack was Quinndary Weatherspoon, who had 25 points, while Lamar Peters had 14 and Aric Holman had 13, while also grabbing 13 boards. Weatherspoon had a good game from beyond the arc as he hit six of his seven three-points in the game. The Bulldogs have six players that average at least 8.5 ppg and they have been led by Weatherspoon, who has put up 18.2 ppg.
The Bulldogs have averaged 79.0 ppg and have allowed 74.7 ppg in conference play so far, while here at home for the year they have put up 73.0 ppg and have allowed 66.9 ppg. Mississippi State checks in at 155th in the nation in scoring, putting up 74.9 ppg, while also ranking 125th in FG% (45.6%), 71st in 3-point shooting (38.0%) and 108th in free throw shooting (71.9%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been solid as they come in ranked 82nd in points allowed, giving up 67.3 ppg, while also ranking 139th in defensive FG% (42.3%) and 76th in 3-point defense (31.9%).
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The Bulldogs have had a strong start to their SEC season and they’re 5-1 in their last six games overall, while the Aggies have gone just 1-3 in league play. I feel this is a game that the Aggies can win. They are coming off a 30 poi9nt destruction of LSU and that has to fill them with plenty of confidence as they head to Starkville to take on a Mississippi State team that may be playing a bit over their heads. Look for the Aggie defense to show up in a big way as they grab a huge SEC road win.