The No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies (4-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they meet the Pepperdine Waves (2-3) at Reed Arena. Texas A&M opened as a 30.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 148.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Friday, November 24, 2017, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
Pepperdine Waves at Texas A&M Aggies Odds Preview
The Waves beat the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in their last contest, 80-76. Colbey Ross was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Pepperdine played a flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.373 (above their season average of 0.307) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.3 (above their season average of 37.6). For those same stats, Oral Roberts recorded marks of 0.214 and 32.3, respectively.
In the Aggies last matchup, they beat the Penn State Nittany Lions, 98-87. Robert Williams played well for Texas A&M, recording 21 points and 10 rebounds. Texas A&M played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 39.1 (above their season average of 32.0) and a free throw rate of 0.481 (above their season average of 0.199). Penn State put up marks of 25.0 and 0.328, respectively, for those same stats.
Getting to the line could be hard to come by for Texas A&M in this contest. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Aggies rank 273rd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.222, while Pepperdine ranks 56th in FTA rate allowed (0.208).
The Waves are 11-25 straight up (SU) and 11-23 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Pepperdine games have had a tendency to finish over the projected point total since last season (64.7 percent).
The Aggies are 20-15 SU since last season, but have had difficulty covering the spread (13-18 ATS). Vegas has been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Texas A&M games over that same period with 15 overs compared to 15 unders.
Pepperdine Waves vs. Texas A&M Aggies Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Texas A&M, ATS Winner – Pepperdine, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Aggies rank 178th in steals per game (6.0) while the Waves rank 270th (5.0).
- Pepperdine averages 15.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 326th in the nation. Texas A&M ranks 256th in three pointers allowed per game (23.1).
- Texas A&M ranks 27th in assists per game (16.1) while Pepperdine ranks 311th in assists allowed per game (16.9).
- The Aggies rank eighth in blocks per game (5.5) while the Waves rank 245th (2.5).
- Texas A&M ranks 34th in rebounds per game (38.9) while Pepperdine ranks 251st (34.1).