|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThis week, Texas is the place to be for sports betting enthusiasts. On Sunday, Super Bowl XLV will be held against the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. In the NBA, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks are playing exciting games in their own home arenas. And to start it all off, Texas plays Texas A&M on Monday, January 31.
Currently, the Texas Longhorns are ranked #8 with an undefeated record of 6-0 in their conference, while the Texas A&M Aggies are ranked #11, with a record of 4-2. The Longhorns are currently 1 ½ point favorites despite playing on the road. The total is 128. The game will be televised from the Reed Arena in College Station, Texas on ESPN, starting at 9:00 pm EST.
Texas is favored over A&M mainly because Texas won their first meeting this year 81-60 on January 19, 2011. Typically, the home team wins in the Texas versus Texas A&M matchups, but this week may be a different story. While both teams are playing well this year and have winning records so far, Texas is doing much better than A&M, especially taking this past weekend's games into account.
A&M is also coming off of a tough second half against Nebraska on Saturday, where they scored only 17 points, ending with a 57-48 loss. They also racked up 14 turnovers during the game. At the end of the first half, the Aggies were up by seven points, but then completely fell apart after halftime. And their defense was not strong enough to make up for the poor shooting and turnovers on offense.
While they are not expected to play as badly against Texas tonight, they will have to have a remarkable turnaround to win as underdogs. On the other hand, Texas had a great performance against Missouri on Saturday in a 71-58 conference win. Because of this most recent history and the trend of the Longhorns so far this season, is it any wonder that Texas is favored over Texas A&M tonight?