SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Texas A&M at Arkansas

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Texas A&M visits Arkansas on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Texas A&M 0.435 0.301 0.695 345 1108 350 187 136 407
Texas A&M OPP 0.416 0.328 0.688 360 1057 438 204 139 370
Arkansas 0.449 0.342 0.659 306 1013 476 241 143 404
Arkansas OPP 0.426 0.338 0.695 373 1150 392 182 97 504

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Statistical Leaders

Texas A&M Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Josh Nebo 11.4 41 32 0
Savion Flagg 11.3 45 17 17
Jay Jay Chandler 8.0 24 28 12
Wendell Mitchell 7.1 23 20 12
Quenton Jackson 6.5 21 25 5
Andre Gordon 6.0 21 8 4
Emanuel Miller 4.5 21 7 0
Mark French 2.2 7 5 5
Jonathan Aku 1.6 7 4 0

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Josh Nebo 30 42 72 7.2
Emanuel Miller 18 48 66 6.0
Savion Flagg 14 36 50 4.5
Quenton Jackson 6 28 34 3.1
Wendell Mitchell 2 31 33 3.0
Jonathan Aku 11 20 31 2.8
Jay Jay Chandler 5 22 27 2.5
Andre Gordon 4 17 21 2.3
Mark French 1 10 11 1.0

Arkansas Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Mason Jones 19.7 64 67 22
Isaiah Joe 17.4 64 36 45
Jimmy Whitt Jr. 13.5 71 20 0
Desi Sills 9.8 44 17 12
Adrio Bailey 6.9 31 17 4
Jalen Harris 4.6 16 16 7
Reggie Chaney 3.6 14 4 0
Jeantal Cylla 1.5 7 1 1

Arkansas Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Mason Jones 10 58 68 6.2
Jimmy Whitt Jr. 16 51 67 5.6
Adrio Bailey 18 41 59 4.9
Isaiah Joe 9 47 56 4.7
Reggie Chaney 10 28 38 4.2
Desi Sills 6 30 36 3.0
Jalen Harris 4 26 30 2.5
Jeantal Cylla 3 15 18 1.6

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NCAA RPI

Texas A&M: 196

Arkansas: 24

Texas A&M Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jay Jay Chandler G 6′-4″ 180 JR Katy, TX
1 Savion Flagg G 6′-7″ 223 JR Alvin, TX
2 TJ Starks G 6′-2″ 208 JR Dallas, TX
3 Quenton Jackson G 6′-5″ 171 JR Los Angeles, CA
5 Emanuel Miller F 6′-7″ 213 FR Scarborough, ON
10 Everett Vaughn F 6′-10″ 237 FR Bellaire, TX
11 Wendell Mitchell G 6′-3″ 183 SR Rockdale, TX
12 Mark French G 5′-8″ 162 SR Frisco, TX
13 Cashius McNeilly G 6′-4″ 191 FR Scarborough, ON
15 Jonathan Aku F 6′-10″ 245 FR McKinney , TX
20 Andre Gordon G 6′-2″ 185 FR Sidney, OH
21 Zach Walker G 6′-4″ 195 SO Deer Park, TX
25 Bakari Simmons F 6′-4″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
31 Luke McGhee F 6′-10″ 250 SO San Antonio, TX
32 Josh Nebo F 6′-9″ 245 SR Houston, TX
35 Yavuz Gultekin F 6′-7″ 201 FR Cumberland, MD

Arkansas Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Jeantal Cylla F 6′-7″ 215 SR Lake Worth, FL
1 Isaiah Joe G 6′-5″ 180 SO Fort Smith, AR
2 Adrio Bailey F 6′-6″ 217 SR Clarence, LA
3 Desi Sills G 6′-1″ 196 SO Jonesboro, AR
5 Jalen Harris G 6′-2″ 166 JR Wilson, NC
11 JD Notae G 6′-2″ 185 JR Covington, GA
12 Ty Stevens G 6′-2″ 180 JR Republic, MO
13 Emeka Obukwelu F 6′-8″ 222 JR Plano, TX
15 Mason Jones G 6′-5″ 200 JR Desoto, TX
22 Abayomi Iyiola F 6′-9″ 210 JR Atlanta, GA
23 Connor Vanover F 7′-3″ 230 SO Little Rock, AR
24 Ethan Henderson F 6′-8″ 210 SO Little Rock, AR
33 Jimmy Whitt Jr. G 6′-3″ 175 SR Columbia, MO
35 Reggie Chaney F 6′-8″ 222 SO Tulsa, OK

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Scouting Report


Texas A&M 6-5 (0-0 SEC) visits Arkansas 11-1 (0-0 SEC) in the SEC opener for both teams. Arkansas has played a mostly easy schedule loaded with cupcakes but the Razorbacks have pulled off wins at Georgia Tech and at a very solid Indiana team. The one loss was an 86-79 setback at Western Kentucky. Arkansas plays solid defense and the hogs are third in the SEC in scoring defense. The hogs in particular defend the three very well allowing just 21.9% made, best in the SEC. One area in which the Razorback struggle is rebounding. They hogs sit at the bottom of the SEC in most rebounding statistics. Junior guard Mason Jones leads the Razorbacks in scoring (19.7 ppg). Anyone who follows SEC basketball should know about Isaiah Joe. He’s a dead eye shooter and has made over 39% of his three point attempts over his career.

Texas A&M limps into conference play with just six wins. Aggie head coach Buzz Williams recently told the USA Today that “We will not be favored in a game the rest of the year.” However, A&M did recently pull off a win over a pretty good Oregon State team. The Aggies worst loss was to Fairfield. Josh Nebo, a 6-foot-9 forward leads the Aggies in scoring with 11.4 points per game. Guard Savion Flagg is not far behind with 11.3 ppg. A&M struggles offensively, averaging just 57 points a game. On defense the Aggies are a little better ranking third in the conference and allowing just about 60 points a game. Texas A&M also struggles in the rebounding area. The Aggies are next to last in the conference in rebounding margin at -1.3. Only Arkansas is worse.

This is a game Arkansas should win fairly handily. However, if A&M’s defense is at its best and Joe has an off night along with a few other Razorbacks, you never know.

Texas A&M-Arkansas Prediction

Arkansas 81, Texas A&M 64


Saturday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m CT). TV: SEC Network.
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