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#789 Texas vs.
#790 Texas A&M
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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Texas A&M will look to break a three-game losing streak when it plays Texas on Sunday afternoon at Dickies Arena. The brand-new arena just opened last month and is a multi-functional, 14,000-seat arena located in Fort Worth. The Longhorns enter the game with a 7-1 record, whereas Texas A&M comes into the contest at 3-4 on the season.

Texas rolling in early stages of season

Texas is off to a hot start this season, winning seven of its first eight games of the year. The Longhorns opened the campaign with a four-game winning streak, picking up victories against Northern Colorado, Purdue, Cal Baptist and Prairie View. Their lone setback came in an 82-66 loss against Georgetown in the 2K Empire Classic. However, they have won three straight games since then, beating California, McNeese State and UAB.

The Longhorns are led by junior guard Matt Coleman III, who is scoring 13.8 points per game and leading the team with 4.9 assists per game. He is also the best 3-point shooter on the squad, hitting 16 of his 32 attempts from downtown. Sophomore guard Andrew Jones has done damage off the bench, scoring 12.4 points per game. He is 17 of 46 from the perimeter. Sophomore guard Courtney Ramey is adding 9.9 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding with 4.3 boards per contest. Junior forward Jericho Sims is the best big man on the Longhorns’ roster, leading the way with 7.0 rebounds per game to go along with 9.1 points per contest.

Aggies hoping to snap losing streak

Texas A&M has not started the season the way that it had hoped. The Aggies picked up wins in three of their first four games, beating Northwestern State, Louisiana-Monroe and Troy. However, when they went up against No. 8 Gonzaga at home, the Aggies stood no chance, losing the game by 30 points. Since that four-game stretch to open the season, Texas A&M has lost three games in a row. The Aggies lost to Harvard on the road on Thanksgiving and followed it up with losses to Temple and Fairfield.

The Aggies are led by junior wing Savion Flagg, who is scoring 11.0 points per game and is adding 4.6 rebounds per game. He has had the most luck shooting from the perimeter, although he is just 11 of 32. Senior forward Josh Nebo is the Aggies’ leading rebounder, bringing down 5.3 rebounds per game to go along with 10.0 points per contest. Texas A&M junior guard T.J. Starks was suspended earlier this year for a violation of team rules, and he announced that he would be leaving the program last week. Starks was expected to play a big role this season, as he averaged double figures last year. Senior guard Wendell Mitchell is scoring 9.6 points per game and is 10 of 44 from downtown.

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Texas is favored by quite a bit in this contest, and rightfully so. The Longhorns are gelling nicely under Shaka Smart this season, which has not been the case with some of his Texas teams in the past. Texas A&M is having trouble doing anything right at the moment. This program should not be losing games to teams like Fairfield, but that is the case. I think Texas is the much safer bet in this game, as you know that the Longhorns are not carrying off-the-court baggage into this contest. T.J. Starks is a huge loss for the Aggies.

Prediction: Texas

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These teams are going to look to slow the ball down and make it a half court game. When one team is wanting to push the ball and the other team is wanting to slow it down, you don’t always know what to expect. When both teams come in with slow tempos, it’s generally smart to take the under. The Aggies have also really struggled on offense, ranking No. 236 in KenPom’s adjusted offensive efficiency ratings. However, they do play pretty solid defense, so I expect them to hold up their end of the bargain and help push this game under the number. I expect this to be a defensive, half court contest.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.