(6-2, 4-3 ATS)
Texas A&M Aggies
(8-1, 3-1 ATS)
The Texas A&M Aggies and Washington Huskies have both put together some awfully impressive records at the outset of the season, but neither really have those huge quality wins to speak of. They’ll both be looking for a big one to boost that NCAA Tournament resume in one of Saturday’s best college basketball betting affairs.
U-Dub is playing in its very first legitimate road game of the season, and this is going to be quite the doozy a ways away from home. You can bet that an offense that ranks No. 1 in the country at 95.5 points per game is probably going to be slowed down just a bit, as this is a significantly harder tussle than most that have come up on the slate. The two legitimate contenders for the Final Four that the Huskies ran up against held them to 71 (Michigan State) and 67 (Kentucky) points respectively. Still, there is a lot of depth on this team that is ready to rock and roll after getting the experience of lasting into the second week of the NCAA Tournament last year. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 15.6 points per game, and even though Quincy Pondexter is no longer on the team, there have just been a ton of men step up in his place. Matthew Bryan-Amaning is averaging 14.9 points per game, while Justin Holiday is at 14.2 points per game. Two others are also averaging at least double digits in scoring, while a total of ten are averaging at least 5.1 points per game and are playing at least a dozen minutes per game.
The only good thing that A&M can say about this one is that it is at home. This is a one of a kind test against a team that has tremendous offensive abilities, and you can bet that the Aggies are going to be pressured all game long into trying to run at Washington’s pace. However, the bodies just aren’t there to be able to do that, so a home court edge just has to get this game down in tempo. The only win of note this year for the Aggies was a 54-51 win over the Temple Owls, who should be back in the Top 25 this week after beating the Georgetown Hoyas on Thursday. Aside from that, there are probably no NCAA Tournament teams that have been faced. The numbers are a bit deceiving for the Aggies due to that scheduling, so don’t think for one second that this team is good enough to hold teams in the big time Big XII to just 56.1 points per game for the season. Washington should obliterate that number without any hassles. The question is whether the likes of Khris Middleton, who is averaging 13.8 points per game to lead the team, can really get the job done and keep up.
The oddsmakers are probably going to make this a relatively tight lined game, but either way, we really love what Washington has to offer here. We’re concerned about foul shooting, so we wouldn’t lay more than a few points, but the Huskies are probably the winners of this one thanks to tempo and pace, if nothing else.
College Basketball Free Pick: Washington Huskies