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No. 6 Kentucky vs. Texas A&M: Picks, predictions for SEC matchup

The Wildcats and the Aggies meet in an SEC matchup on Saturday,

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Kentucky Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats take on the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday, January 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET from College Station, Texas.

Kentucky (12-2) is fresh off a 90-77 win over Missouri, a much more comfortable victory than their two-point win over Florida last weekend. The Wildcats rank 16th overall at KenPom and ninth in adjusted offensive efficiency. The Wildcats have been quite the surprise this season — the young team has come out swinging after several years of mediocrity for the program.

Guard Antonio Reeves leads the high-powered Kentucky offense with 18.6 points per game. He is one of five players to average in double digits in the scoring column. Forward Tre Mitchell adds 7.8 rebounds per game. The Wildcats rank second in the country in scoring, averaging 90.7 points per game, and shoot 49.9% from the field, ranking 11th. They are also one of the best three-point shooting teams in the nation, ranking eighth in the nation with a 39.9% clip from the perimeter.

Their losses have come against No. 3 Kansas and against UNC Wilmington. Both losses came in the single digits, and both opponents were simply able to outshoot the Wildcats to win. This is a task much easier said than done — although Kentucky ranks 48th in adjusted defensive efficiency, it’s a task in and of itself to keep up with their scoring pace.

Texas A&M (9-6) are on a two-game losing streak after dropping consecutive matchups against Auburn and LSU. Other losses this season have come at the hands of Houston, Memphis, Virginia, and FAU. The Aggies rank 34th overall at KenPom and 26th in adjusted offensive efficiency.

Guard Wade Taylor IV leads the Aggies’ offense with 17.3 points per game. Forward Andersson Garcia adds 8.7 rebounds per game. The Aggies are a very strong rebounding team, averaging 43.3 boards per night to land them in the top five in the nation. The Aggies score just 73.2 points per game on average, though, placing them outside the top 150.

A&M may struggle to get out of their skid, particularly as they go up against one of the most accurate and highest-scoring teams in the country. A&M’s defense does the job, but ranks even lower than Kentucky in adjusted efficiency metrics. The Wildcats will continue their strong conference start with a road win as underdogs here. The Aggies will struggle to keep up with the sheer pace of their scoring, as well as their shooting depth.

Kentucky vs. Texas A&M odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Texas A&M -3
Total: 156
Moneyline: Texas A&M -155, Kentucky +130

Pick: Kentucky +130