- Texas A&M is a 2.5-point road favorite over DePaul on Friday
- Both teams are coming off disappointing showings in in-season tournaments
- A look at the Texas A&M vs Depaul odds and picks can be found below
Two teams trying to find their footing in the early part of the season meet when Texas A&M visits DePaul at 1:00 pm ET Friday at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
Texas A&M (3-2, 0-0 road, 3-2 ATS) salvaged one game in the Myrtle Beach Invitational when it beat Loyola Chicago 67-51 in the seventh-place game Sunday. That came after the Aggies lost to Murray State and Colorado.
DePaul (3-2, 2-0 home, 2-3 ATS) lost both its games in the Bahamas Championship, including 82-78 to Oklahoma State last Friday in the consolation game. The Blue Demons lost to Santa Clara in the first round.
The game will be shown on FS1.
Texas A&M vs DePaul Odds
|Texas A&M||OFF||-2.5 (-110)||Over 141.5 (-110)|
|DePaul||OFF||+2.5 (-110)||Under 141.5 (-110)|
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Texas A&M Betting Outlook
Texas A&M turned up the defensive intensity against Loyola. The Aggies forced the Ramblers into 27 turnovers with sophomore guard Wade Taylor IV making four steals.
Taylor has been Texas A&M’s top scorer through five games. He is averaging 14.2 points and 2.2 steals a game. Against Loyola, Taylor had 10 points.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 20, 2022
Texas A&M has six players averaging 8.4 points a game. However, Taylor is the only one in double figures.
Junior forward Henry Coleman III scored a team-high 13 points in 21 minutes off the bench last Sunday. He also had five rebounds and is averaging 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Michigan State transfer Julius Marble, a junior forward, contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
Texas A&M shot just 23.5% (4 of 17) from three-point range but made 18 of its 32 attempts (56.3%) from inside the arc.
The Aggies were ranked #24 before the two losses in South Carolina knocking them out of the AP media poll. Texas A&M is 320th nationally in three-point defense, allowing 38.9%.
DePaul Betting Outlook
Oklahoma transfer Umoja Gibson has made a big impact for DePaul.
The senior guard has been filling the stat sheet with averages of 17.0 points, 6.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He had 17 points and six assists against Oklahoma State despite shooting 3 of 14 from the field and missing all five three-point attempts.
Gibson is third in the Big East in assists and steals and fourth in scoring.
— Tim Ring (@timringTV) November 15, 2022
Senior forward Eral Penn had his second double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds. A transfer from Long Island, Penn is scoring 12.8 points and pulling down 8.8 rebounds a game, which is third in the conference.
After having last season cut short by a broken foot, senior forward Javen Johnson is averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Johnson had 10 points and three assists last Sunday. Junior forward Da’Sean Nelson contributed 11 points and freshman guard Ahamad Bynum chipped in with 10 points.
DePaul forced 17 turnovers but was outrebounded 38-27 and allowed Oklahoma State to shoot 50.0% (29 of 58).
The Blue Demons have been excellent at the foul line as their 77.2% on free throws is 34th in the nation.
Texas A&M vs DePaul Prediction
The teams last met in 2005 NIT with Texas A&M notching a 75-72 road win. This is an important game for both teams as they try to right themselves. In an evenly matched game, DePaul as a home underdog seems like the play.
Pick: DePaul +2.5 (-110)
CBB Season Record: 8-5 (+2.5 units) ATS