The Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0) and the No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies (2-0) clash in the Legends Classic at Barclays Center. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 148 points with Texas A&M opening as a 5.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys ATS Preview
The Aggies dismantled the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in their last game, 84-65. DJ Hogg was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Texas A&M dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.217 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.592. For those same stats, UC Santa Barbara was 0.164 and 0.451, respectively.
In the Cowboys last matchup, they dismantled the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 91-48. Oklahoma State rallied around Brandon Averette, who was the games leading scorer with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Oklahoma State played a perfect game. They had a great turnover percentage of 8.6 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.593. Oral Roberts recorded marks of 15.9 and 0.358, respectively, for those same stats.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, this appears to be a balanced game. Since last season, the Oklahoma State offense ranks 44th in the NCAA in that metric at 0.541, while the Texas A&M defense ranks 41st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.470). Ball security could be troublesome for the Aggies. They rank 320th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 21.3 percent), while the Cowboys have forced the 56th-most turnovers in the NCAA (opponents turnover percentage of 20.9 percent).
The Aggies have had a respectable 18-15 straight up (SU) record since last season, but are just 11-18 against the spread (ATS). Just over half of Texas A&M games have finished over the O/U total since last season.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys, are 23-12 SU and 20-11 ATS since last season. Vegas has been fairly accurate when predicting totals of Oklahoma State games over that same period with 16 overs compared to 15 unders.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Oklahoma State, ATS Winner – Oklahoma State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cowboys average 15.1 assists per game, which ranks 72nd in the nation. The Aggies rank 207th in assists allowed per game (13.8).
- Texas A&M ranks 38th in rebounds per game (38.8) while Oklahoma State ranks 98th (37.2).
- Texas A&M ranks eighth in blocks per game (5.6) while Oklahoma State ranks 229th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
- The Cowboys rank 53rd in three pointers allowed per game (19.1) while the Aggies rank 254th (23.2).
- Oklahoma State ranks 40th in steals per game (7.4) while Texas A&M ranks 197th in steals allowed per game (6.5).