The No. 10 USC Trojans (4-0) and the No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies (5-0) look to remain unbeaten when they battle at Galen Center. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 151 points with USC opening as a 2.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
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In the Aggies last outing, they beat the Pepperdine Waves, 81-65. DJ Hogg led Texas A&M in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Texas A&M played a nearly flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.540 (below their season average of 0.596) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.8 (above their season average of 33.3). Pepperdine had marks of 0.419 and 33.3, respectively, for those same stats.
The Trojans hope to keep it rolling after dismantling the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in their last matchup, 88-63. With 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting, Bennie Boatwright led USC in scoring. USC played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.143 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 48.6 (above their season average of 25.2). For those same stats, Lehigh was 0.086 and 29.5, respectively.
USC could put on a ball-control clinic in this matchup. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, USC ranks 15th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.8 percent), while Texas A&M has forced the 79th-fewest turnovers (17.4 percent). Moreover, the Aggies could control the offensive glass in this matchup as they rank 12th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 37.0 percent. The Trojans, meanwhile, rank 255th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.4 percent).
The Aggies are 21-15 straight up (SU) since last season, but have had trouble covering the spread (13-19 against the spread (ATS)). Since last season, Texas A&M games have had no tendency in regards to the O/U total as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under.
On the other hand, the Trojans, are 28-9 SU and 22-17 ATS since last season. Vegas has also been extremely accurate when setting the O/U total of USC games over that same period with an even split between overs and unders.
The Trojans won the sole contest against the Aggies last season, 65-63. The Trojans played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.179 and a turnover percentage of 13.0. For those same stats, the Aggies were 0.143 and 14.6, respectively.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. USC Trojans Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Texas A&M, ATS Winner – Texas A&M, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Trojans rank 14th in blocks per game (5.3) while the Aggies rank 165th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
- USC ranks 136th in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while Texas A&M ranks 258th (18.8).
- Texas A&M ranks 23rd in assists per game (16.4) while USC ranks 220th in assists allowed per game (14.0).
- The Aggies rank 29th in rebounds per game (39.0) while the Trojans rank 186th in rebounds allowed per game (35.4).
- USC ranks 71st in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Texas A&M ranks 227th (6.8).