Texas A&M is a Talented #5 Seed in March Madness Betting

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

March Madness betting usually doesn’t give much credit to #5 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

They are matched up against the #12 seeds and in recent years that has not been good news. This year might be different though in March Madness odds, especially since a team like Texas A&M is a very talented number five seed.

March Madness betting matches up the fifth-seeded Texas A&M Aggies against the Utah State Aggies on Friday in the South Region. Texas A&M is not getting a huge amount of respect in March Madness odds as they are just a three-point favorite against a team from the WAC. Texas A&M is 9-3 in their last 12 games with two of those losses coming to top-ranked Kansas. The Aggies led in the second half of both of those games before losing. Their other loss in the last 12 was to Baylor. Six of their nine losses this season game to teams ranked in the Top 10 in the RPI. The Aggies have a great inside-outside threat. They have Bryan Davis inside and Donald Sloan from the outside. Sloan has scored in double figures in 16 straight games.

Utah State is 27-7 and was considered one of the last teams to make the NCAA Tournament. They were beaten in the championship game of the WAC Tournament and many people believed that loss would keep them out of the NCAA Tournament. Utah State is led by Tai Wesley who is averaging 13.6 points per game while Jared Quayle is averaging 12.5 points. This could be a low scoring game considering Utah State allows just 59.6 points per game.

The betting trends show the following:

Utah State is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog.
Utah State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
Texas A&M is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
They are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
In March Madness betting, Texas A&M is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite. They are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 NCAA Tournament games overall.

The last five Utah State games in March Madness have all gone under the total. Five of the last seven Texas &M games overall have gone under the total. Six of their last eight non-conference games have gone under.

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