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

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Texas A&M visits Tennessee on Tuesday 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 0.401 0.261 0.671 180 617 198 114 58 248
Texas A&M OPP 0.393 0.305 0.743 201 641 255 115 54 257
Tennessee 0.450 0.329 0.719 209 706 221 117 77 228
Tennessee OPP 0.404 0.304 0.719 193 633 221 109 51 249

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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 12.5 74 64 0
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 10.7 71 25 26
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 8.1 50 17 12
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 7.2 40 28 22
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 7.1 37 35 19
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 6.9 35 45 9
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 5.3 36 22 1
Mark French Texas A&M 1.9 11 5 7
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 1.9 11 5 1
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 1.3 9 5 0

Texas A&M Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Josh Nebo Texas A&M 50 71 121 7.1
Emanuel Miller Texas A&M 26 80 106 5.9
Savion Flagg Texas A&M 28 61 89 4.9
Quenton Jackson Texas A&M 8 42 50 2.8
Wendell Mitchell Texas A&M 4 45 49 2.7
Jonathan Aku Texas A&M 16 26 42 2.3
Andre Gordon Texas A&M 4 36 40 2.5
Jay Jay Chandler Texas A&M 6 32 38 2.1
Yavuz Gultekin Texas A&M 9 16 25 1.7
Mark French Texas A&M 1 12 13 0.7
Zach Walker Texas A&M 1 0 1 0.2

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 12.6 81 47 31
John Fulkerson Tennessee 11.7 88 46 0
Yves Pons Tennessee 11.4 82 35 18
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 7.8 50 28 21
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 4.4 36 10 1
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 3.1 18 11 12
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 2.7 12 22 3
Drew Pember Tennessee 1.7 6 10 3

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Fulkerson Tennessee 36 79 115 6.1
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 20 91 111 5.8
Yves Pons Tennessee 27 67 94 4.9
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 7 65 72 3.8
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 29 43 72 3.8
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 10 31 41 2.2
Lamonte Turner Tennessee 7 32 39 3.5
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 7 22 29 1.6
Santiago Vescovi Tennessee 4 25 29 4.1
Drew Pember Tennessee 8 11 19 1.3
Uros Plavsic Tennessee 2 2 4 1.0
Zach Kent Tennessee 0 2 2 1.0

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NCAA RPI

Texas A&M: 149

Tennessee: 54

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

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

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Scouting Report

Texas A&M (9-9, 3-3 SEC) fell to Oklahoma State 73-62 on Saturday in College Station. The Aggies led this game most of the first 10 minutes of the game. OK State took the lead with 10:25 remaining in the half. The Cowboy headed to the locker room at half with a 34-26 edge. The Cowboys dominated the second half leading by at much as 21 and coasted to their 10th victory. Guard Isaac Likekele led the OK State in scoring with 13 point. Most of his scoring were from field goal range. Emanuel Miller led the Aggies with 11 points.

Forward Josh Nebo leads the Aggies in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). Six-foot-7 guard Savion Flagg is the team’s second leading scorer (10.7). A&M’s biggest strength is its defense. The Aggies currently limit opponents to just 63.4 points a game. That’s fourth best in the SEC. Texas A&M is fourth in the conference in field goal defense (39.3%) and ninth in 3-point defense (30.5%). The Aggies are last in the SEC in scoring offense scoring just 61.1 points a contest. They are 14th in the league in both field goal accuracy (40.1%) and 14th in 3-point accuracy (26.1%). The Aggies rank at or near the bottom of the SEC in most of the other SEC statistical categories.

Tennessee (12-7, 4-2 SEC) fell to Kansas 74-68 on Saturday in Lawrence, KS. These two teams traded leads in the first ten minutes of the first half. However, with 9:21 remaining in the first half the Vols took a 14-13 lead and would keep that edge until 4:17 remaining when the Jayhawk retook the lead at 27-26. Kansas then built a 37-30 lead at the half. Kansas would go on to lead by as much as 10 in the second half. Tennessee narrowed the lead to five inside a minute to play but it wasn’t enough. Yves Pons led the Vols in scoring with 24 points. Kansas’ Devon Dotson paced the Jayhawks with 24 points.

Jordan Bowden leads the Vols in scoring at 12.6 points per contest. John Fulkerson is the Vols’ second leading scorer for the season averaging 11.5 points per game. Josiah-Jordan James is the Vols leading rebounder pulling down 5.8 boards a game. Tennessee is currently No. 1 in the SEC in scoring defense (59.8 ppg). A big reason for that is that the Vols are very stingy at allowing opponents to make field goals (38%, No. 1 SEC). For the season, the Vols are hitting almost 45% of their field goals, 32.9% of 3-point shots and 71.9% of free throws. This is a Vol team that seems to be improving as the season progresses. They gave Kansas fits on Saturday. UT could end up among the top 3 or 4 in the league before its over.

Tennessee is the clear favorite here playing in Knoxville. They are a more consistent, well rounded team than A&M. However, UT can’t sleep on the Aggies. Anyone can beat anyone on a given night in the SEC except for under-manned Vandy.

Texas A&M-Tennessee Prediction

Tennessee 71, Texas A&M 65


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 6:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. CT). TV: SEC Network.

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

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