SEC foes will clash when the Texas A&M Aggies (8-7, 2-2 SEC) clash with the South Carolina Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2 SEC) at Reed Arena. Action starts at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M Aggies Free Preview
In the Gamecocks’ last game, they barely escaped the No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats, 81-78. Jermaine Couisnard was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting. The Gamecocks had a great turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 16.8) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.2 (above their season average of 33.1).
The Aggies are hoping for a better outcome after their 89-85 loss to the LSU Tigers in their last game. Josh Nebo was the game’s high scorer with 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting. LSU had an offensive rebounding percentage of 51.6 (above their season average of 35.1). Texas A&M, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 7.9 (better than their season average of 19.9).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Texas A&M should have a significant edge. The Aggies defense ranks 51st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.454), while the South Carolina offense is ranked 312th in effective field goal percentage (0.465). Also, the Gamecocks could control the offensive glass in this showdown as they rank 45th in the NCAA in offensive rebounding percentage at 33.6 percent. The Aggies, meanwhile, rank 297th in defensive rebounding percentage (69.2 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Gamecocks won both games last season. In the most recent contest, South Carolina won 71-54. South Carolina had a much better turnover percentage (11.1 vs. 18.0). Texas A&M, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.212 vs. 0.143).
South Carolina Gamecocks at Texas A&M Aggies Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Texas A&M, ATS Winner – Texas A&M, O/U – Under
The Gamecocks average 37.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 94th in the NCAA. The Aggies rank 166th in rebounds allowed per game (35.7).
South Carolina averages 7.8 steals per game, which ranks 59th in the NCAA. Texas A&M ranks 112th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
South Carolina ranks 126th in three pointers allowed per game (21.6) while Texas A&M ranks 267th (27.9).
The Gamecocks rank 131st in assists per game (13.3) while the Aggies rank 225th (11.0).
Texas A&M ranks 36th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while South Carolina ranks 120th (3.8).
The Aggies have outscored opponents by an average of 3.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Texas A&M has lost by an average of 1.3 points.
During their last five games, the Gamecocks have scored an average of 66.0 points per game (3.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (1.3 above their season average).