Kansas State Wildcats
(13-6, 4-9 ATS)
Texas A&M Aggies
(16-2, 6-3-1 ATS)
The Kansas State Wildcats haven’t had the best luck this year in the Big XII, but they really need to get back in the thick of the fight on Saturday if they want to take down the smoking hot Texas A&M Aggies, who still sport one of the best NCAA basketball betting marks in the conference.
Were we all just duped by this Kansas State team at the start of the season, or has it just not come out of its shell at this point? With six losses already, the Wildcats know that they are on the verge of disaster this year, especially with games against Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas, and Colorado, and two with Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa State still to go. A horrifying loss to the Missouri Tigers was the most recent setback for a squad that is only 1-3 against the NCAA basketball odds in conference to date. Jacob Pullen really misses having another big time scorer on the team. He is doing his job, scoring 17.8 points per game on the campaign, but he just isn’t getting enough help from any of his cohorts. Rodney McGruder and Jamar Samuels are both double digit point per game players, and Curtis Kelly is relatively close, but aside from that, there aren’t any notable players to make mention of. It’s also not helping that this squad is only shooting 44.2 percent as a team and 59.4 percent from the charity stripe this year.
The truth of the matter is that Texas A&M has probably fooled us just about as badly as Kansas State has this year, except the difference that the Aggies are absolutely a pleasant surprise. Sure, this team was beaten down by the Texas Longhorns on the road on Wednesday night, but who isn’t beaten badly by the Horns nowadays? There are still some very quality wins, especially here at home for the Aggies this year, including ‘W’s against the Missouri Tigers, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and Washington Huskies. Though A&M has given up a total of 170 points in its last two games combined, it still has a ‘D’ that ranks No. 13 in the land at 58.9 points per game. Things won’t stay this good forever, but there is no doubt that this is a club that knows what it is doing and will be in the mix for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament for the whole year. Keep an eye on Khris Middleton, who is averaging 15.6 points per game this year, as he is the catalyst that could spark a tremendous game offensively.
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. We’re already up to Kansas State fooling us six times this year. This isn’t going to cut it. If the Aggies are laying anything less than a touchdown (and they absolutely should), we know that we’re in for a big time triumph.
NCAA Basketball Free Pick: Texas A&M Aggies