Defensively, Alabama basketball yields 69.7 points per game against the opposing teams.
The Texas A&M Aggies (20-11) finished the regular season schedule with a three-game winning streak. The Aggies won the most recent matchup 68-66, but were unable to cover as 5-point favorites. The Crimson Tide outshot the Aggies 48 percent to 39 percent which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The game, which tips at noon CST, will be televised nationally on ESPN. Vegas has been spot on when setting the O/U total of Aggies games, with an even split between overs and unders. Mustapha Heron is averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds while Bryce Brown is averaging 16.4 points and 1.8 assists.
On the season, Texas A&M basketball averages 75.2 points, 41.3 rebounds and 15.8 assists per game.
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Alabama's defense was also key late in the game.
Alabama, which had lost five straight games coming into the tournament, led by as many as 12 in the second half, but 17 turnovers kept the Tide from pulling away.
The Tide started the game strong and it seemed as if they would finish strong as well.
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Galin Smith, a 6-foot-8 freshman from Clinton, Mississippi, started for the first time in his career and had eight points and three rebounds against the powerful Texas A&M front line.
In their last five games, Alabama is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Not having Starks was costly for the Aggies, who have very thin point guard depth after losing Duane Wilson to injury and J.J. Caldwell to dismissal earlier in the season.
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