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The Texas A&M Aggies host the Tennessee Volunteers. Can the Aggies remain dominant at home? Ben Rajavouri breaks down this SEC matchup.
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Texas A&M vs. Tennessee Prediction: Can the Aggies Remain Dominant at Home?

The Texas A&M Aggies host the Tennessee Volunteers in an SEC showdown on February 21, 2023. These two teams sit in second and third in the SEC at the moment, so this matchup proves pivotal atop the SEC. The Aggies are undefeated at home in conference play and have been dominant, including impressive victories against Arkansas, Auburn, and Florida. The Aggies also excel at drawing fouls, with a free-throw rate that ranks third in the nation. Meanwhile, the Volunteers have struggled in games where they have given up a significant amount of free throws to their opponents. Will this be enough for a Texas A&M win?

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

  • Date: February 21, 2023
  • Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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Texas A&M vs. Tennessee Prediction

Texas A&M has been on a roll lately, winning five games in a row, with three of those victories being quad-one wins. The Aggies have been playing better defense as of late as well, and their offense is also heating up. They come into the game with a clean bill of health, while Tennessee has some injury concerns. Leading scorer Santiago Vescovi is questionable with an illness, although he participated in the shootaround. If he plays, it's fair to assume he won't be 100%.

Forward Josiah Jordan-James is not expected to play again with an ankle injury, and Julian Phillips is questionable with a hip injury. These are three impact players for Tennessee, as Vescovi is the best offensive player, and Phillips is one of the best defensive players in the country. If all three can't play or are not 100%, it is a big loss for the Vols.

The Volunteers are looking to rebound from a 66-54 loss to Kentucky. They struggled offensively and only managed to score four points in the final 7:25 of the game. Tennessee ranks 173rd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 71.7 points per game. The Volunteers' strength is their defense, which ranks third in the country, allowing only 56.7 points per game.

Texas A&M has been more balanced on both ends of the floor. The Aggies score 77.4 points per game and give up 66.6 points per game. They also rank in the top 50 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Wade Taylor (15.6 points per game) and Tyrece Radford (13.4 points per game) have been the biggest contributors on offense for the Aggies, and they will be crucial in the win tonight.

With their dominant home record in conference play, Texas A&M should feel confident going into this game against Tennessee. The Volunteers' struggles with injuries and their penchant for fouling too much, especially in their losses, should give the Aggies an advantage. Texas A&M's balanced attack and recent form also make them a solid pick in this game.

This game promises to be a closely contested battle between two of the SEC's best teams, but I trust the healthy Aggies who have looked much better as of late more. The crowd will be rocking, and Buzz Williams will have his boys ready. Look for Texas A&M to come out on top and continue their push toward the top of the conference standings.

Texas A&M vs. Tennessee Pick

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.

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