SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Texas A&M at South Carolina

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Texas A&M visits South Carolina 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 0.389 0.257 0.675 239 746 224 134 67 295
Texas A&M OPP 0.393 0.303 0.738 231 736 297 135 73 307
South Carolina 0.441 0.313 0.610 255 815 314 165 94 297
South Carolina OPP 0.388 0.298 0.721 218 763 250 127 75 333

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Statistical Leaders

Texas A&M Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Josh Nebo Texas A&M 11.8 81 74 0
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 10.0 76 31 26
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 8.5 53 41 31
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 8.1 60 18 16
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 7.5 44 58 12
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 6.4 37 35 19
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 5.8 45 29 2
Mark French Texas A&M 1.9 11 5 7
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 1.7 12 5 1
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 1.3 10 7 0

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 42 95 137 6.5
Josh Nebo Texas A&M 57 80 137 6.9
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 37 75 112 5.3
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 8 48 56 2.7
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 26 29 55 2.6
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 7 48 55 2.6
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 5 46 51 2.7
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 7 34 41 2.1
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 10 17 27 1.5
Mark French Texas A&M 1 12 13 0.7
Zach Walker Texas A&M 1 0 1 0.1

South Carolina Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
AJ Lawson South Carolina 13.5 99 59 40
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 11.4 86 44 24
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 10.2 95 35 0
Jair Bolden South Carolina 9.3 72 19 32
Justin Minaya South Carolina 7.8 56 33 19
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 4.8 39 23 0
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 3.6 24 13 1
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 3.5 26 14 0
TJ Moss South Carolina 2.8 22 5 10
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 2.4 18 15 0

South Carolina Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Maik Kotsar South Carolina 46 100 146 6.6
Justin Minaya South Carolina 40 88 128 6.1
AJ Lawson South Carolina 8 64 72 3.3
Alanzo Frink South Carolina 34 36 70 3.3
Jair Bolden South Carolina 5 52 57 2.7
Jermaine Couisnard South Carolina 15 42 57 2.7
Wildens Leveque South Carolina 23 33 56 2.7
Jalyn McCreary South Carolina 14 32 46 2.4
Keyshawn Bryant South Carolina 13 23 36 2.8
Trae Hannibal South Carolina 8 28 36 2.1
TJ Moss South Carolina 2 22 24 1.1
Micaiah Henry South Carolina 2 5 7 1.0
Nathan Nelson South Carolina 2 0 2 0.3
Mike Green South Carolina 0 1 1 0.2

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NCAA RPI

Texas A&M: 129

South Carolina: 79

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

South Carolina Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 A.J. Lawson G 6′-6″ 178 SO Toronto, ON
1 T.J. Moss G 6′-4″ 195 FR Memphis, TN
2 Trey Anderson F 6′-6″ 203 FR San Diego, CA
4 Jalyn McCreary F 6′-7″ 225 FR Marietta, GA
5 Jermaine Couisnard G 6′-4″ 211 FR East Chicago, IN
10 Justin Minaya F 6′-6″ 215 SO Harrington Park, NJ
12 Trae Hannibal G 6′-2″ 217 FR Hartsville, SC
13 Micaiah Henry F 6′-9″ 235 SR Decatur, GA
14 Nathan Nelson F 6′-6″ 189 SO Murfreesboro, TN
15 Wildens Leveque F 6′-11″ 230 FR Brockton, MA
20 Alanzo Frink F 6′-7″ 260 SO Jersey City, NJ
21 Maik Kotsar F 6′-11″ 270 SR Tallinn, Estonia
23 Mike Green G 6′-1″ 188 FR Myrtle Beach, SC
24 Keyshawn Bryant F 6′-5″ 197 SO Winter Haven, FL
25 Seventh Woods G 6′-2″ 189 SR Columbia, SC
52 Jair Bolden G 6′-3″ 215 JR Brooklyn, NY

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Scouting Report

South Carolina (13-9, 5-4 SEC) fell to Ole Miss 84-70 on Oxford. In the first half the Rebels built a 23-12 lead with 10:09 to play in the first half. Ole Miss continued to maintain the lead for remainder of the half and would lead 43-32 at the half. In the second half the Rebels built as much as a 19 point lead with 6:47 to play. In the final minutes the Gamecocks were able to pull the score within 9 points but they could not get closer. Breein Tyree led the Rebels with 38 points. Jermaine Couisnard topped the Gamecocks with 28 points.

AJ Lawson leads the Gamecocks in scoring averaging 13.5 points per game. Maik Kotsar pulls down a team leading 6.4 rebounds a game. South Carolina as a team averages 71.6 points per game while allowing opponents 67.4 points per contest. For the season, Carolina is making 44% from the field, 31.8% from 3-point range and 61.1% from the line.

Texas A&M (11-10, 5-4 SEC) defeated Missouri 68-51 on Tuesday in College Station. Except for a brief period in the first half, Texas A&M led the entire game. The Aggies’ stiffing defense limited the Tigers to just 18 points. The Aggies weren’t much better scoring just 25 points in the half. In the second half the Aggies maintained their lead and went on to lead by as much as 20 points. Josh Nebo led the Aggies with 18 points. Mitchell Smith was Mizzou’s leading scorer with 9 points.

Forward Josh Nebo leads the Aggies in scoring (11.8 ppg) and is second on the team in rebounding (6.9 rpg). Emanuel Miller leads the team in rebounding (6.5). Six-foot-7 guard Savion Flagg is the team’s second leading scorer (10.0). A&M’s biggest strength is its defense. The Aggies currently limit opponents to just 62.6 points a game. That’s second best in the SEC. Texas A&M is fourth in the conference in field goal defense (39.7%) and eighth in 3-point defense (30.3%). The Aggies are last in the SEC in scoring offense scoring just 60.9 points a contest. They are 14th in the league in both field goal accuracy (38.9%) and 14th in 3-point accuracy (25.7%). The Aggies rank at or near the bottom of the SEC in most of the other SEC statistical categories.

Texas A&M has the worst offense in the league. South Carolina at home is a tough team to beat. Look for the Gamecocks to prevail but A&M has already surprised a couple teams on the road so you never know.

Texas A&M-South Carolina Prediction

South Carolina 67, Texas A&M 61


Saturday‘s game tips off at 1:00 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.

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