Providence vs Texas A&M Preview and Prediction
Providence vs Texas A&M Preview
After missing the NCAA Tournament last season, Texas A&M is back in the Big Dance. The Aggies (20-12) were given the No. 7 seed in the West Region, where they will face 10-seed Providence in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
A&M’s matchup against Providence will be played in Charlotte on Friday. The game will tip-off at 12:15 p.m. on CBS.
Providence (21-13) is coming off a stellar Big East Tournament run where it beat Xavier and Creighton before losing to Villanova in the championship game, 76-66.
This will be Texas A&M’s second trip to the NCAA tournament in head coach Billy Kennedy’s seven-year tenure. The Aggies’ last appearance was in 2016, as they made the Sweet 16 before falling to Oklahoma, 77-63.
Providence is deep
They may not have a true superstar, but the Friars give meaningful minutes to ten players and can use different lineups to create mismatches on the court.
Here are the ten players that see those minutes. Rodney Bullock leads the way in scoring and chips in on the boards as well.
Get to know Texas A&M
The Aggies started the season very strong, going 12-1 in there first 13 games, but fell back to earth during their conference schedule. The talent is there for A&M to make a deep tournament run, but they can never seem to put it all together at the same time.
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Just like the Friars, the Aggies have had to play at least ten guys meaningful minutes, however, that had to do more with suspensions and injuries rather than having the deep talent necessary to do so.
Texas A&M has elite size all across their lineup, one reason they are top five in the nation in rebounding and top ten in blocked shots. The downside to that size is transition offense/defense and free throw shooting. If this is a tight ball game down the stretch the Friars hold the charity stripe edge 70% to 66%.
LINE: -3.5 TAMU
There is no doubt Texas A&M will dominate the boards and the paint in this contest–the question is will Providence be able to convert their outside jump shots? They only make 33 percent of their three-pointers, but they will need a higher percentage if they are to advance–I just do not believe they will.
Texas A&M 75 Providence 70
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