NCAA Basketball Picks Texas A&M vs. Kentucky -14

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:41 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats will be out to avenge their only home loss against a SEC opponent during the John Calipari era, as they prepare to meet the Texas A&M Aggies Tuesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this matchup at Rupp Arena.

A bad loss

Texas A&M will attempt to bounce back from a 81-72 overtime defeat to the Mississippi State Bulldogs as three-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

The Aggies allowed the Bulldogs to shoot an opponent season-high 52.7 percent from the floor, which could cause problems when facing a foe that’s averaging 77.6 points over its last five contests.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 11-14 SU and 17-7-1 ATS off a loss against a conference rival.

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Streaking at home

Kentucky has won 19 games in a row at this venue since suffering a 73-71 defeat to the Aggies as 15-point home favorites on Jan. 12, 2013, including a 74-66 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers last Saturday.

The Wildcats have compiled a dominating 34-1 SU home record against SEC opponents under Calipari.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 28-1 SU and 14-15 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.

Jones

Aggies forward Jamal Jones is the main player to handicap offensively, as he’s the only player on the roster averaging double figures—scoring 12.3 points a contest.

The junior is averaging 20.8 points per outing during SEC play, which ranks second in the league. He has scored 20-plus points in his last three outings.

Attacking the glass

The Wildcats have grabbed 74 offensive rebounds over their last five games, with freshman forward Julius Randle snagging 20 of those boards.

Kentucky is notching 17.0 second-chance points per game, while its average of 43.1 rebounds a contest is the most of any team in the Calipari era.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wildcats in their NCAA basketball picks for the night, as the Aggies’ strength of schedule ranks 323rd nationally.

Texas A&M falls to 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games versus a team with a winning home record.

College Basketball Pick: Kentucky Wildcats -14

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