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The Arizona Wildcats have battled having a shortened bench this year while also implementing a lot of new pieces, but this group has found some semblance of success standing 9-2 overall heading into this tough test against the Aggies. Arizona wasn’t all that impressive in their last outing clawing to get past Grand Canyon at home by a final of 64-54. The Wildcats remain a work in progress on the offensive side of the ball as this group ranks 191st in the nation in scoring average compared to a much solider 27th in total defense. Lauri Markkanen has made an instant impact leading the team averaging 16.3 points per game in a lineup that has 4 guys averaging in double figures.
We’re not overly optimistic about this Texas A&M group this season given some of their shortcomings on the offensive end, but this is a group that should put together a strong enough resume coming out of the SEC to get into the NCAA tournament. Texas A&M likes to win with defense and this group currently ranks 47th in the nation in points allowed as well as 125th in scoring average. The Aggies stand 7-2 overall coming off a less than impressive 83-72 win at home against SC State. Texas A&M has challenged teams like USC, Va Tech, and UCLA this season in competitive matchups. Tyler Davis has led this balanced offensive attack averaging 14.6 points per game.
This is going to be a challenge for Arizona today heading into the state of Texas to take on the Aggies at the Toyota Center. Texas A&M brings a great defensive intensity that we feel Arizona will have a tough time finding consistent baskets against and that should be the difference maker here as Texas A&M goes on to cover the spread.
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