NCAA Tournament Matchup: Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma Sooners (3/24)
Date/Time: Thursday, March 24 – 7:35 PM ET
Site: Honda Center – Anaheim
TV Coverage: CBS
Pointspread: Oklahoma -2.5
Total: 146.5 points
The Texas A&M Aggies could be excused if they had a little bit of a letdown here, as they charged to an incredible comeback victory in the final minute against Northern Iowa in their last NCAA Tournament game. But now they have to get their concentration back on track as they face off against the Oklahoma Sooners, with a trip to the Elite Eight and a regional final at stake. This game is scheduled to begin at 7:35 PM ET at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. And BetAnySports USA online sports gambling customers will have the opportunity to place wagers on this game in real time even after the opening tipoff, as they take advantage of the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Extra.
Texas A&M came back from 12 points down with just 44 seconds left in that game against Northern Iowa, forcing overtime and then winning it in the second overtime stanza. Danuel House was the big star of the evening, scoring 22 points in the last 15 minutes, including the two overtimes. And A&M did the job on defense, and now they have held for their last five opponents under 40% from the field.
Oklahoma had their hands full with Virginia Commonwealth in Oklahoma City on the weekend, winning 85-81 against a Rams team that doesn’t mind playing at an accelerated pace. Oklahoma did not cover that game, and that is significant, because they have now dropped their last seven games against the basketball pointspread. They are also 4-17 ATS in their last 21 games as a favorite.
Of course, when BetAnySports live beting sportsbooks customers think of the Sooners, they have to think of Buddy Hield, the senior who was quite possibly the most explosive offensive player in college basketball. Case in point – Hield, who is the leading scorer in the tournament thus far, had 29 points in the second half against VCU. He is deadly from beyond the arc, hitting 46.3% of his triples, and you don’t want to send him to the line, because he hits 89% of his attempts from the charity stripe. He is by no means a one-man team; Oklahoma has a backcourt to rival anything in the nation, especially when it comes to producing offensive numbers. Isaiah Cousins is 43% from the arc, and Jordan Woodard is 44% from downtown as well. Those are the top three scorers for the Oklahoma team, which is a little short on offensive punch on the inside, but can muscle teams around a little bit with Ryan Spangler (9.3 rebounds per game) and Khadden Lattin, who averages 2.2 blocks.
Texas A&M, however, has some real veteran leadership in the backcourt. We talked about House, who averages 15.8 points, and also had 32 points against Kentucky in the SEC championship game. Then there is Jalen Jones (15.4) and Ale Caruso, who chipped in 25 against Northern Iowa. The Aggies often play a four-guard offense, with Tyler Davis, a freshman, anchoring the middle (11.1 points, 6.2 rebounds per contest).
Texas A&M got off to a great start this season, winning 17 of its first 19 games, then went into a period of so-so play, before coming on strong late. They have now won 10 of their last 11, with a 7-3-1 ATS mark during that time. They have held both Northern Iowa and Green Bay, theirt two tournament opponents, under 40%. Oklahoma was the #1 team in the country at one point during the season.
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