The Vanderbilt Commodores (11-17, 5-10 SEC) can extend a five-game home winning streak when they take on the Texas A&M Aggies (17-11, 6-9 SEC) at Memorial Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Vanderbilt Commodores ATS Preview
In the Aggies last outing, they fell to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 93-81. Tyler Davis had a solid performance for Texas A&M, leading both teams in scoring with 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting. Mississippi State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 32.4). Texas A&M, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.551 vs. 0.515).
The Commodores are hoping for a better outcome after their 88-78 loss to the LSU Tigers in their last game. Riley LaChance led Vanderbilt in scoring with 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting. LSU did a terrific job of making free throws (19-26; 73.1 percent). Vanderbilt, meanwhile, held the Tigers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.0 (below their season average of 29.6).
A focal point for the Vanderbilt offense is getting to the free throw line. The Commodores rank 35th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.287), but Texas A&M is among the best in the NCAA at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 51st by yielding a FTA rate of 0.197).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Commodores won all three games last season. In the last contest, Vanderbilt won 66-41. The Commodores dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 8.7 and a free throw rate of 0.155. The Aggies were 20.8 and 0.098, respectively, for those same stats.
Texas A&M Aggies at Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Texas A&M, ATS Winner – Texas A&M, O/U – Over
- The Aggies rank sixth in blocks per game (6.0) while the Commodores rank 159th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
- Vanderbilt ranks 18th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while Texas A&M ranks 120th (6.4).
- Texas A&M ranks fifth in rebounds per game (41.2) while Vanderbilt ranks 212th (33.9).
- The Commodores rank 13th in three pointers allowed per game (17.6) while the Aggies rank 207th (23.5).
- Texas A&M ranks 35th in assists per game (16.1) while Vanderbilt ranks 225th (12.0).
- The Commodores average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.8, up from 1.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Aggies have scored an average of 76.0 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 80.6 points per game (10.7 above their season average).