Texas A&M vs Baylor Pick and Preview

Texas A&M Aggies
(19-7, 14-8 ATS)

Baylor Bears
(20-6, 12-7 ATS)

There’s a big showdown in the Big XII on Wednesday night in Waco, and college basketball betting fanatics surely won’t want to miss this one! The Baylor Bears will play host to the Texas A&M Aggies with conference bragging rights on the line. With just two weeks to play in the regular season, A&M is tied with Missouri for third place in the Big XII at 8-4 in conference play. Baylor is just a game behind at 7-5, and if it has hopes of getting a bye in the first round of the conference tourney, a win tonight is incredibly important. In terms of March Madness, both teams look good and should be in regardless of what happens the rest of the way, but both would much rather see another notch or two in the win column just to feel save about getting out their dancing shoes.

The Aggies have covered six straight NCAA basketball spreads since losing at Oklahoma State on January 27th. They’re 5-1 SU in those games, with the one loss coming by just five points to the #1 team in the country. The defense has been absolutely stifling of late, holding Iowa State, Kansas, and Texas Tech to an average of just 60.0 points per game in this three-game stretch. G Donald Brown leads the team in scoring at 18.0 points per game, but he hasn’t played up to his average once in the L/3 games.

The Bears haven’t had much luck of late trying to beat the basketball betting lines. They’re just 1-4 ATS in their L/5 in spite of a 3-2 SU record. Leading scorer, G LaceDarius Dunn has lit up the Big XII this year, scoring 18.9 points per game. Baylor’s defense ranks ninth in the country in opposing field goal percentage at just 37.9%. For an offense that is scoring 77.1 points per game and shooting 48.4% from the floor, one would like to think that its record should be significantly better than 20-6.

Just three weeks ago, A&M knocked off the Bears 78-71 at home. As proof for just how important home court advantage is in college basketball, Baylor was +2 in that game and -7 now. The insinuation by the oddsmakers is that the Bears have the better team in this matchup, but that may not necessarily be the case. The Aggies feel like they’re the team in better form at this point, and even though grabbing an SU victory in Waco may be difficult, staying inside the touchdown spread shouldn’t be.

Selection: Texas A&M Aggies

Texas A&M is one of the best betting teams in the country on the road over a very long haul. The Aggies are 41-19 ATS in their L/60 roadies. The underdog is 11-2 ATS in the L/13 meetings of these Big XII rivals. Diamond Sportsbook currently has a college basketball betting line of the Aggies +7 for you to dig into right now!

Lakeland High School football means big business.

The Ledger (Lakeland, FL) December 12, 2006 Byline: Kyle Kennedy Dec. 12–About 5 a.m. Saturday the RV rumbled into the parking lot of Lakeland High School.

It had been less than eight hours since the LHS Dreadnaughts won their third-straight Class 5A state football title by beating Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas in Miami. here lakeland high school

Yet before the sun was up, the official championship T-shirts were already on sale.

“It’s crazy. People that don’t even really follow the Dreadnaughts want one,” said Mike Wilson, co-owner of Team Hammer Screen Printing in Lakeland, as the shop began to bustle Monday. “It’s been nuts.” Team Hammer, which produces the bulk of LHS football merchandise, started hawking commemorative garb Saturday morning after staying up Friday night creating T-shirts and hats. Wilson hopes to outdo last year’s effort, when he sold an estimated 500 shirts and hats after LHS won its second-straight title and was named national champion.

“Obviously it increases our business” when the Dreadnaughts win a t itle game, Wilson said. “It makes things a little hectic, too.” Team Hammer, which contributes to LHS’ booster club but is not affiliated with the school, must be dreaming of an orange-and-black Christmas.

The Dreadnaughts’ latest title means the company will stay busy making custom items for both team members and fans, Wilson said, and more shirts are planned if LHS captures a national champion designation from assorted media polls.

At $10 per shirt and $15 per hat, business has already been strong, Wilson said.

“You just try and keep up with everybody and make sure you have enough stuff,” he said.

At Proud Gator in Lakeland, owner Chuck Carper ordered a special shipment of Dreadnaught T-shirts after selling 270 last year. When the shirts arrived late Monday, customers bought about 20 in the first hour, an employee said.

LHS championship merchandise can be a boon for a store like Proud Gator, which typically focuses on University of Florida and Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparel and gifts, Carper said. lakelandhighschool.net lakeland high school

“It is sort of nice to maybe get some extra people here for the holidays, and maybe they’ll buy some Gator stuff while they’re here,” he said.

Although it’s common for college football fans to splurge on team apparel, a growing number of Dreadnaughts devotees seem to be just as visible, said Ron Riggs, immediate past chairman of LHS’ booster club.

“I met a lady in line at Wal-Mart the other day wearing a 2005 championship T-shirt,” said Riggs, a financial adviser with Allen & Company in Lakeland. “I think it’s great. I think our fan base is probably as good as anybody’s in the country. It’s just great to have this kind of support.” Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business News.

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