The No.3-seeded Louisiana Tech Bulldogs get together with the No.2-seeded Texas A&M Aggies in the second round of the NIT tournament at Reed Arena. The game gets underway at 7:00 pm ET on Monday, Mar. 23 and will air on ESPN.
The Aggies were victorious over Montana 81-64 in the first round. Jalen Jones was the game’s high scorer, contributing 13. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are coming off an 89-79 win over Central Michigan in the first round. Michale Kyser played well, posting 19 points and six rebounds to claim his fourth double-double of the season.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Aggies are attempting to build on their records of 21-11 Straight Up (SU) and 18-12 Against The Spread (ATS). Texas A&M has the 50th-most assists in Division I, averaging 14.5 per game. Turning to the defensive side, the Aggies have stifled opponents’ efforts from beyond the arc, allowing a three-point field goal percentage of only .303.
On the other side, the Bulldogs head into the game with records of 12-17 ATS and 26-8 SU. Louisiana Tech managed to go 8-2 SU over the last 10 games, while only going 3-7 ATS during the same amount of time. The Bulldogs rarely make the wrong play with the ball. They have the 43rd-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the country at 1.27. Switching gears to the Louisiana Tech defense, it averages 8.5 steals per game, good for 13th in the nation.
Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech will be facing off in their first head-to-head clash of the season. When they last met the Aggies were winners, bringing their SU record to 2-0 over Louisiana Tech. The teams have an even record ATS, 1-1.
Predictions: SU Winner – LaTech, ATS Winner – LaTech
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana Tech’s last 7 games on the road.
Louisiana Tech is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road.
Louisiana Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road.
Texas A&M is 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home.
Louisiana Tech beats Texas A&M in both possessions per game and points per possession. The Bulldogs average 68.2 possessions and 1.072 points per possession, while the Aggies average 64.7 possessions with 1.039 points per possession.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs average an effective field goal percentage of 50.9% this season. The Texas A&M Aggies have a losing record of 2-4 when opponents have an eFG% of 50.9% or greater.
Texas A&M ranks 50th in assists, recording 14.5 per game. Louisiana Tech ranks 71st with 14.1 assists per game.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs average 5.9 blocks per game, the eighth-ranked team in the country. The Texas A&M Aggies rank a lowly 228th in blocking with just 3.0 per game.
Louisiana Tech ranks 199th in offensive rebounds, while Texas A&M ranks at 65th in defensive rebounds.
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