College Basketball Picks: Texas A&M Aggies vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Tuesday, 1/21/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kentucky -14
Current Betting Line:  Kentucky -14
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 77.6 points over their last five games
The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 77.6 points over their last five games

Texas A&M had its four-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 81-72 overtime defeat to the Mississippi State Bulldogs as three-point road favorites, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Aggies have just one player averaging double figures, with Jamal Jones scoring 12.3 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks Tuesday night.  Texas A&M is 1-3 SU and 3-1 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 3-0 in that situation.

The Aggies are the only Southeastern Conference team to win at Rupp Arena since John Calipari took over in Lexington, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Texas A&M sophomore point guard Alex Caruso will need to have the game of his life to pull off the upset—entering as the conference’s leader in assists, while ranking fourth in steals.

Kentucky bounce back from a disappointing overtime loss on the road to Arkansas, as it picked up a 74-66 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers as 8.5-point home favorites last Saturday.  The Wildcats are averaging 43.1 rebounds per game, which is the most of any team in the Calipari era—leading directly to 17.0 second-chance points a contest.    The program has four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with freshman forward Julius Randle leading the way at 16.9 points a contest.  Kentucky is 0-2 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points since the 2011-12 campaign.

The Wildcats have grabbed 74 offensive rebounds over their last five games, which has led to them averaging 77.6 points over that span.  Kentucky also managed to knock down 23 of 24 free throw attempts last time out, which was the third best percentage under Calipari.  Freshman point guard Andrew Harrison is starting to emerge as a major player nationally, as he’s turned the ball over just 2.4 times per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Aggies due to the Wildcats being 5-9 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season.

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