Kentucky vs. Texas A&M Prediction: Is Kentucky the Real Deal?
Kentucky vs Texas A&M Prediction: Is Kentucky the Real Deal?
The Kentucky Wildcats will hit the road to take on the Texas A&M Aggies as heavy favorites. Kentucky has won seven of its last eight games with the lone loss coming against LSU, on the road. Meanwhile, Texas A&M has won 11 of its last 12 games but only has one win against a top 50 opponent. Kentucky's a top-five opponent according to KenPom. Is Texas A&M going to struggle against better competition? Here are our picks and predictions for the SEC matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats vs Texas A&M Aggies.
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Kentucky vs. Texas A&M Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Where To Watch: SECN
Kentucky vs. Texas A&M Injury Report
Out: G CJ Fredrick (Lower Body)
Out: F Jalen Johnson (Knee)
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies Betting Line Movement
Kentucky vs Texas A&M Prediction
It's been quite the run for the Texas A&M Aggies. With a 15-2 start, the Aggies deserve some credit for how the year has started. While Texas A&M hasn't faced any huge names in the SEC this season, the Aggies are taking care of business against teams they should be. That's not always easy. But what also isn't easy is playing against Kentucky. The Wildcats are one of the best offenses in the nation, scoring an effective field goal percentage of 55.7 percent. The Wildcats rarely turn the ball over and dominate the offensive glass, earning 40.2 percent offensive rebounds per game. Texas A&M is a legitimate threat to force turnovers, but if Kentucky stays true to how they've played this season, the turnovers should be limited. The Wildcats have hit 36.1 percent from three and 56.4 percent from inside on the year. Plus, while Kentucky doesn't get to the line at a high rate, the Wildcats are still shooting 73.6 percent from the line this season. The Aggies have played very well defensively, limiting teams to 30.9 percent from three and 47.2 percent from inside, however, Kentucky will get many second-chance opportunities in this game. On the other hand, Kentucky is limiting opponents to a 45.5 percent effective field goal percentage with teams only earning 21.5 percent offensive rebounds against Kentucky. The Wildcats limit teams getting to the line and hold opponents to 31.3 percent from deep and 44.7 percent from inside the arc. The Aggies are currently sooting 63.6 percent from the foul line and although the Aggies are shooting 37.4 percent from three, Texas A&M isn't shooting the three-point ball at a really high rate. I would say Texas A&M is a bit deeper than Kentucky, however, Kentucky is fully healthy now and should start to see more depth contribute when needed. The thing is, Kentucky rarely fouls despite really good defense, so the Wildcats are able to keep starters in for a long period of time and use just 30 percent of minutes with the bench. This line for Kentucky is currently -7.5 and I think that's right about where it should be. I'll take the better team, even on the road.
Kentucky Wildcats vs Texas A&M Aggies Pick
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.