The No. 11 West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0) and the No. 25 Texas A&M Aggies (0-0) battle at Ramstein Air Force Base. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 137.5 points with West Virginia set as a 6-point favorite. Action starts at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 11, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN.
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West Virginia reached the Sweet 16 last season as a four seed in the tournament, where the Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated them. In the regular season, the Mountaineers went 26-8. Texas A&M, meanwhile, did not reach the tournament following a 16-15 regular season.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. West Virginia ranked 258th in possessions per game (71.7) and Texas A&M was 541st (66.1) in the 2016-17 season. Additionally, the Aggies ranked 423rd in turnover percentage (21.4 percent), while the Mountaineers ranked fourth in opponents’ turnover percentage (27.9 percent).
The Aggies were 16-15 straight up (SU) last season, but were just 10-17 against the spread (ATS). Of Texas A&M’s 27 games with betting action last year, 14 finished under the O/U total.
On the other side, the Mountaineers were 26-8 SU and 15-16-1 ATS last season. Unlike Texas A&M, West Virginia games finished over the O/U total 56.3 percent of the time.
The Mountaineers won the only contest against the Aggies last season, 81-77. West Virginia had a much better turnover percentage (15.7 vs. 26.2). Texas A&M, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (13-18; 72.2 percent).
Texas A&M Aggies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – West Virginia, ATS Winner – Texas A&M, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Mountaineers average 16.4 assists per game, which ranks 25th in the NCAA. The Aggies rank 199th in assists allowed per game (13.7).
- Texas A&M ranks 45th in rebounds per game (38.6) while West Virginia ranks 130th in rebounds allowed per game (34.4).
- West Virginia ranks 88th in three pointers allowed per game (19.1) while Texas A&M ranks 283rd (22.8).
- The Aggies rank ninth in blocks per game (5.6) while the Mountaineers rank 198th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
- West Virginia averages 10.0 steals per game, which ranks sixth in the NCAA. Texas A&M ranks 192nd in steals allowed per game (6.6).