NCAA Basketball Picks: Arkansas for the Win but Bet Texas A&M to Cover ATS

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:03 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 12:03 PM UTC

A couple of squads fighting for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament collide Tuesday when the Arkansas Razorbacks hosts Texas A&M in a college basketball odds battle.

<p>It's a foregone conclusion that <a href="" target="_blank" title="Kentucky Leads but These Teams Are Worth a Wager Too!">Kentucky will win the Southeastern Conference regular season title</a>, but that hasn't stopped the rest of the league from clawing and scratching for the precious spots just behind the Wildcats.</p> <p>That's because<a href="" target="_blank" title="Find More Info on the 2015 NCAA Tournament Seeding Trends"> the top four seeds in the SEC Tournament</a> get a 2-round bye when things get underway in Nashville on March 11. Two of those slots are currently occupied by the Texas A&amp;M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks who meet Tuesday, the winner of the 9 PM (ET) broadcast on ESPN in the driver's seat for the No. 2 seed in the league tourney.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank" title="Visit Our Live NCAAB Odds Page">NCAA basketball odds</a> caught the Razorbacks going out at -6½, that spread now up a point following overnight wagering.</p> <p>Of the 150 previous meetings, only four have come since Arkansas left the SWC following the 1991 campaign, three of those after Texas A&amp;M shifted to the SEC. The Razorbacks lead the series with a 97-53 mark, though the Aggies have won three of the last four. You have to go back 29 years to find the last time Arkansas dropped a home tilt to A&amp;M.</p> <p>Tuesday is the first matchup between the two since both teams' conference opener a season ago, A&amp;M posting a 69-53 win as a 2 point home underdog. Arkansas entered that contest averaging more than 87 PPG before Aggie defenders limited the Hogs to just 21 field goals and came away with 10 steals.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="" title="Free NCAAB Pick for NC-State/UNC"><em>This Capper Also Previews Tonight's Game for NC-State vs. UNC</em></a></p> <p><strong>Aggies Seeking 6th Conference Road Dubya</strong><br /> Texas A&amp;M (19-7 straight up, 14-10 against the spread) continues to exceed expectations for the 2014-15 campaign, their fourth under head coach Billy Kennedy. A 30/1 pick to win the conference title on the <a href="" target="_blank" title="2015 NCAA Tournament Future Odds">NCAA futures odds</a>, the Aggies are just a win away from a 20th victory for the first time since the 2010-11 season, their final year under former coach Mark Turgeon.</p> <p>A big key for the Aggies has been their play away from home, winning five of seven SEC road tilts and covering the spread in each victory, three of those spread-beaters as the underdog.</p> <p>As you'd expect with any team under Kennedy's supervision, defense is stressed to the Nth degree. Only Kentucky is allowing fewer points per game in league action than Texas A&amp;M, and <a href="" target="_blank" title="Kentucky is Our Pick for Winning the SEC">the Aggies lead the SEC in limiting opponents</a> to 38.5% field goal success.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Hogs Rolling With 6-Game Win Streak</strong><br /> Arkansas (22-5 SU, 14-12 ATS) has overcome two early conference setbacks to win nine of its last 10 trips to the floor, the last six in a row. While backing the Razorbacks hasn't been profitable of late, 5-7 vs. the NCAA odds the last 12, 'under' bettors are raking it in with seven winners in the last nine games.</p> <p>Mike Anderson's crew needed a late run at Mississippi State last Saturday to escape Starkville with a 65-61 win as 7½ point road chalk. Arkansas trailed by two with under seven minutes to play, and needed to go 5-5 from the free throw line in the final half-minute to get the triumph.</p> <p>Bobby Portis, Arkansas' leading scorer (17.4 ppg), missed practices last week due to a virus but still managed to play 28 minutes against the Bulldogs and scored 13 points. He's officially probable for the Texas A&amp;M tilt and has a 22-game double-digit scoring streak on the line.</p> <p>The Hogs should win this one, but I'm liking the Aggies to stay within the spread for my free <a href="" target="_blank" title="Click Here for More NCAA Basketball Picks">college basketball picks</a></p> <p><strong>NCAA Basketball Pick: </strong><a href=";book=inarticle5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Place Your Bet at 5Dimes">Texas A&amp;M +7.5 at 5Dimes</a></p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src=";timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=19,43,227,1096,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=362173" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden;"></iframe></p> <p>Season: 52-45-2 (+2.5)</p>
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