The Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday in the final of the SEC Tournament. Alabama, ranked #4 in the nation, is 28-5, and they’ve cruised through the SEC tourney so far, knocking off Mississippi State and Missouri with ease. The Crimson Tide are now 16-2 in conference games, and they’ll look to win their second SEC tournament in the last three years. Texas A&M has had a great year, currently ranked #18 in the country, and they easily handled Vanderbilt on Saturday, 87-75. The Aggies are up at 25-8 and 15-3 in SEC play, but Alabama will be out for revenge after they fell to A&M earlier this month in College Station. Both schools are going to be in the NCAA Tournament, but their seeding will depend on this contest.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds
|Texas A&M||+4.5 (-110)||Over 144.5 (-110)||+170|
|Alabama||-4.5 (-110)||Under 144.5 (-110)||-200|
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Match Details
Fixture: Texas A&M Aggies @ Alabama Crimson Tide
Date & Time: Sunday, March 12, 1:00 p.m. EDT
Venue: Bridgestone Arena
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Key Stats
Texas A&M manages to score a decent amount, but their efficiency hasn’t been that great this year. Because they’re able to get to the free throw line a lot, the Aggies haven’t needed to be that efficient from the field, but Alabama is a team that is pretty disciplined, committing a lot fewer fouls than the average team. The Aggies look to Wade Taylor IV frequently, as the sophomore guard averages a team-high 16.4 points and 4.0 assists. Taylor IV attempts almost six free throws per game, and lately, he’s been extremely consistent scoring-wise. He’s tallied 18 or more points in eight of his last nine games, including a 28-point performance versus Alabama about a week ago. On defense, Texas A&M holds teams to 40% from the field, the 17th-lowest opponent FG% in the nation. Today, they’ll need to suffocate Alabama’s top scorers again, just like they did earlier this month when they held the Crimson Tide to 33.8% shooting.
Alabama is led by projected top pick Brandon Miller, who comes in averaging 19.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while knocking down over 40% of his threes. Junior Mark Sears has been solid, too, chipping in with 12.9 PPG, but he hasn’t shown up for this tournament so far. Alabama leans heavily on Miller, but it’s really their defense, which holds teams to 37.7% shooting from the field and 28.4% from behind the arc, that is responsible for their amazing season. They fell to the Aggies earlier this month, but they just need to knock down more open looks, as simple as it sounds.
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Prediction
Even though Texas A&M beat Alabama not too long ago, that was on their home floor, and today’s contest will be in a neutral venue. While Alabama has one of the best players in the country on their side, the Aggies are also red-hot, as they’ve won and covered nine of their past ten. I expect Alabama to come out on top here, just barely, though, so back Texas A&M to keep this one close and cover.