Auburn vs. Texas A&M Prediction: Will Auburn Be on Cruise Control?

Auburn vs. Texas A&M prediction and pick for Saturday's college basketball game. Handicapper Jason Radowitz breaks down his favorite pick for this showdown on ESPN at noon.
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Auburn vs. Texas A&M Prediction: Will Auburn Be on Cruise Control?

The Auburn Tigers had won 19 games before losing on Tuesday to Arkansas, on the road, in overtime. Some people will look at Auburn and see some flaws. Others will recognize that it's hard to win every single game in college basketball, especially in conference play.

Now Auburn will look to get back on its feet when they take on the Texas A&M Aggies at home. The Aggies have lost seven straight games and are not even close to being an NCAA Tournament contender. So will Auburn be on cruise control today? Here are our picks and predictions for the SEC matchup between the Texas A&M Aggies vs Auburn Tigers.

Auburn vs. Texas A&M Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Saturday, February 12

Game Time: 12:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN

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Auburn vs. Texas A&M Injury Report

Texas A&M

Out: F Jalen Johnson (Knee)

Auburn

Questionable: G Zep Jasper (Undisclosed) Out: G Lior Berman (Foot)

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Auburn vs. Texas A&M Prediction

There are a lot of people up in arms over Auburn's loss to Arkansas earlier this week. But let's not forget that Texas A&M has lost seven straight in conference play.

The Auburn Tigers are an NCAA Championship caliber team. On the offensive end, Auburn is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 51.1 percent while turning the ball over just 16.2 percent of the time. Auburn also earns 34.2 percent offensive rebounds and that's going to be huge, knowing Texas A&M allows opponents to earn 33.5 percent offensive rebounds this season.

The Aggies are really good at forcing turnovers, earning 25 percent per game. That's literally one turnover per four possessions. However, Auburn won't make the same mistakes as other SEC opponents have. Auburn doesn't shoot the three all that well, hitting just 32.1 percent of shots, but the Tigers have scored on 53.1 percent of shots inside the arc. The Tigers will also see the foul line at a high rate.

Meanwhile, defensively, the Tigers are holding opponents to 44.8 percent while limiting teams to 31.7 percent from deep and 43.1 percent from inside the arc. Auburn will force a turnover once every five possessions and have a better chance at converting turnovers than the Aggies do.

Texas A&M has plenty of success on the offensive glass, grabbing 34.3 percent offensive rebounds, but it'll be a bit harder to dominate against Auburn. The Aggies also shoot just 33.9 percent from deep and 50 percent from inside. Those are just slightly above average numbers. If the Aggies want any chance in this game, they'll have to get to the line at a high rate, like they've been doing, and find ways to get to the line, despite only shooting 65.5 percent at the line.

With that, I like the over between these two teams. Auburn should have a ton of success offensively and Texas A&M will work the glass and earn enough second chances to at least stick around offensively.

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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.

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