The Aggies are traveling to Tennessee this week where they’ll take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. They Aggies are coming off from a road loss at Florida, 62-71. On the other side, the Commodores are also coming off from a defeat against Ole Miss at home, 74-81. Game tip-off is scheduled for Thursday, 07:00 PM ET.
The Aggies are aiming for the third road win of the season
The Aggies (13-11, 5-7) are showing some average performances this season, although they did win two of their last three games. On Saturday they conceded defeat against the Gators in Florida. Robert Williams led the team with seventh double-double performance of the season (18 points, 12 rebounds) and he also added four blocks and three steals. Admon Gilder and Tyler Davis scored 12 each while Davis also had eight rebounds. DJ Hogg contributed with six points and four assists from the bench.
The Aggies rank 12th in the NCAA in blocked shots per game with an average of 5.7 per match. 2.5 of those are the credit of freshman Robert Williams (2nd in SEC, 18th nationally). During conference play he ranks first in blocked shots (2.6) and field goal percentage (.547) and is second in rebounding (8.9). Also the Aggies are first in the conference in offensive rebounds averaging 13.3 per contest (20th in the NCAA).
Tyler Davis leads the team in statistical parameters with 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Admon Gilder is just behind with 13.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and team-high 3.9 assists per matchup. DJ Hogg and Robert Williams average 12.0 and 11.6 points.
The Commodores look to sweep the series against the Aggies
Thursday night match-up with the Aggies will be the 1,000th Vanderbilt game played in Memorial Gym (opened in season 1952-53). The Commodores are 12-13 on the season and 5-7 in SEC after most recent loss to the Tigers. Against Missouri, Luke Kornet was the only Texas A&M player that scored in double-figures, with 11 points. Riley Lachance, Nolan Cressler, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Clevon Brown all added eight points each as all nine Aggies managed to get themselves on the scoreboard. In this game, Kornet joined the 1,000-point club for the Aggies becoming the 45th Commodore to accomplish that and he is now second on the Vanderbilt all-time block list with 184 career blocks for the school (first is Festus Ezeli who currently plays for Portland Trail Blazers with 204).
The Commodores are showing some very sharp and precise hoops’ shooting this year. They lead the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (.383), free throw percentage (.775) and treys per game (10.0) in all games. In conference games Vanderbilt is first in free throw percentage (.752) and threes made (10.3). They also have three players who are in the top 10 in three point field goal percentage with junior Riley LaChance leading the team with 43.1%.
Matthew Fisher-Davis leads the Commodores in scoring this year with 15.3 points per match. Luke Kornet ranks second with 13.5 and he also adds 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Defensively, Jeff Roberson is making an impact with 7.4 rebounds while he also contributes with 10.9 points. Riley LaChance is the best passer with 4.1 assists per matchup.
Texas A&M Aggies at Vanderbilt Commodores Game Trends & Prediction
The Aggies are 9-12-0 ATS, 4-8-0 home and 5-4-0 away. They are 10-10-1 against the Over/Under total, 5-6-1 at home and 5-4-0 away.
On the other side, the Commodores are 10-12-1 against the Over/Under, 6-4-0 home and 4-8-1 away. They are 12-11-0 total ATS, 5-5-0 home and 7-6-0 away.
The Aggies score 72.1 ppg and allow 68.7 ppg this season while the Commodores score 71.8 ppg and allow 70.4 ppg.
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 6-2 and they also won the first meeting this year on January 31st, in Texas, 68-54. Last year they've split the series with both team winning at home. Only meeting prior to Texas A&M joining the SEC conference in 2012-13 season happened sixty years ago on December 3rd, 1955, with Vandy's emerging victorious, 79-69. Advantage on Thursday goes to the home team.
My Pick: Vanderbilt Commodores -2.5