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Texas A&M-CC vs Texas Southern: First Four Game Odds & Preview (2022 March Madness)

by March 14, 2022
PJ Henry Texas Southern

Texas A&M-CC vs. Texas Southern Game Info

Texas A&M-CC Islanders (23-11, 7-7 Southland) vs. Texas Southern Tigers(18-12, 13-5 SWAC)

  • Date: Tuesday, Mar. 15th, 2022
  • Start Time: 6:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: University of Dayton Arena — Dayton, OH
  • Coverage: truTV
  • Last Meeting: N/A

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Texas A&M-CC vs. Texas Southern Betting Odds

Odds courtesy of Draftkings.

  • Moneyline: TAMCC: (+140) | TSU: (-160)
  • Point Spread: TAMCC: +3.5 (-110) | TSU: -3.5 (-110)
  • Total: 136 — Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

Betting Trends

  • Texas A&M CC 2021-22 Betting Trends: 18-9 ATS; 17-10 to the Over
  • Texas Southern 2021-22 Betting Trends: 14-13 ATS; 11-15-1 to the Over
  • First Four games between No. 16 seeds have gone over the full game total an even 50.0% of the time (15-15, average total 135.4).
  • No. 16 Texas Southern has played in six of the last 20 NCAA tournaments, going 2-6 straight up and 4-3-1 against the spread.
  • The only appearance by No. 16 Texas A&M-CC in the past 20 NCAA tournaments was in 2007. They lost their only game and pushed against the spread.

Overview

This matchup may be the definition of a rock fight as the SWAC, and the Southland champions square off for the opportunity to face Kansas. Now neither team’s metrics light up the screen when looking at them from a national perspective, but zooming in on how each of these champions performed against their respective conference foes, there’s an edge to be found.

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Texas A&M-CC Betting Preview

The Islanders are not a team that is going to run you out of the gym unless you allow them to. They are fantastic at turning their strength, defense, into offense. Corpus Christi ranks 18th in the country in turnover percentage, and they could have a boatload of opportunities here as Texas Southern is 333rd in offensive turnover percentage.

However, if the turnovers do not result in fast breaks, the Islanders may struggle to put up points. They are 287th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 288th in effective field goal percentage. Those numbers are not pretty, especially when you’re facing a defense like Texas Southern’s. The Tigers are 13th in effective field goal percentage allowed and excel in defending, contesting, and blocking shots from any area. While the Islanders may have plenty of missed shots, they happen to be one of the best teams at cleaning up their misses as they rank 16th in offensive rebounding rate.

Texas Southern Betting Preview

Texas Southern is much like their opposition as they rely on their defense to hold their opponents enough just to outscore them, but the Tigers fared well offensively against their conference this season. They finished third in the SWAC in adjusted offensive efficiency, third in effective field goal percentage, and second in two-point percentage. They accomplish their style of play on both ends of the floor by utilizing a deep rotation of players to stay fresh. Texas Southern has nine players who average 18 minutes or more a game, but none of them average double-digit points.

The Tigers’ offense may not be much to talk about, but they have shown that they can score and defend with teams well beyond their status. Texas Southern holds a victory over Florida and lost to Saint Mary’s, Washington, and NC State by double digits. So, if anything, they are indeed the more battle-tested team.

Texas A&M-CC vs. Texas Southern Betting Pick and Prediction

These are two very similar teams who usually rely on their defense and offensive rebounding prowess to take out lesser opposition. To see them match up against one another will be interesting. However, the similarities may begin to negate each other as the game goes on and make it very difficult for both teams to score.

Texas Southern is the better team here on both ends of the floor. Therefore, they should control the tempo, which is usually much slower than the pace the Islanders play at. That will only help our cause here, as these defenses will make points come at a premium.

Pick: Under 136 (-120 at Draftkings)

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