The Texas A&M Aggies (15-14, 9-8 SEC) and Arkansas Razorbacks (19-11, 7-10 SEC) will face off at Reed Arena to close out the regular season. Action starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
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In the Razorbacks’ last game, they defeated the LSU Tigers, 99-90. With 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, Arkansas’ Jimmy Whitt Jr. had a solid outing. Arkansas played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.643 (above their season average of 0.298) and a turnover percentage of 5.9 (better than their season average of 14.6). For those same stats, LSU put up marks of 0.243 and 11.1, respectively.
The Aggies will look to keep it rolling after narrowly defeating the No. 17 Auburn Tigers in their last outing, 78-75. Wendell Mitchell fueled Texas A&M with 14 points and seven rebounds. The Aggies forced 16 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.542 (above their season average of 0.458).
This could end up being an error-filled game for the offense of Texas A&M. Texas A&M ranks 317th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.5 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Arkansas forces the 37th-most turnovers in the country (22.4 percent). Conflicting paces will be on display in this showdown. The fast-breaking Razorbacks rank 54th in possessions per game, while the slower-paced Aggies rank 332nd.
These two teams have already met once this season. The Razorbacks won 69-59. Arkansas had a much better turnover percentage (12.2 vs. 24.0). Texas A&M, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.289 vs. 0.190). Mason Jones was the game’s leading scorer with 17 points.
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Texas A&M, ATS Winner – Texas A&M, O/U – Under
The Razorbacks rank 14th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while the Aggies rank 151st (6.7).
Arkansas averages 3.6 blocks per game, which ranks 81st in the nation. Texas A&M ranks 159th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Arkansas ranks 40th in three pointers allowed per game (18.6) while Texas A&M ranks 291st (27.7).
The Razorbacks rank 17th in assists allowed per game (10.0) while the Aggies rank 223rd (14.5).
Texas A&M ranks 130th in rebounds allowed per game (34.7) while Arkansas ranks 269th (38.4).
The Aggies’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 0.4, down from 2.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Razorbacks have scored an average of 82.2 points per game (6.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 79.8 points per game (10.5 above their season average).