The 2021 Maui Invitational opens on Monday afternoon, with the first matchup of the tournament featuring major-conference squads. The tournament takes place at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, with the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the Texas A&M Aggies. Wisconsin is 2-1 overall this season, with the only loss coming to Providence. Texas A&M is 4-0 in breezy fashion, with this contest serving as the Aggies' biggest challenge to date.
Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. ET in Las Vegas. The latest Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin odds from Caesars Sportsbook lists the Badgers as three-point favorites, while the over-under for total points is set for 121. Before locking in any Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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Now, the model has locked in on Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M and released its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin:
- Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin spread: Wisconsin -3
- Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin over-under: 121 points
- Texas A&M vs. Wisconsin money line: Wisconsin -150, Texas A&M +130
- Texas A&M: The Aggies are 8-14 against the spread in the last 22 games
- Wisconsin: The Badgers are 16-17-1 against the spread in the last 34 games
Why Texas A&M can cover
Defense has been a calling card for the Aggies this season. Texas A&M is making life difficult for opponents by creating a turnover on 28.6 percent of defensive possessions, a top-10 national mark, and the Aggies boast a 14.1 percent block rate and a 12.7 percent steal rate. Opponents are shooting just 43.8 percent on 2-point attempts and 27.7 percent on 3-point attempts against Texas A&M, and Wisconsin currently ranks outside the top 250 nationally in shooting efficiency on offense.
The Badgers are also below-average in free-throw creation, and Texas A&M ranks in the top 30 nationally in free-throw prevention. On the other end, the Aggies use athleticism to make a mark on the glass, grabbing 38.6 percent of their own misses, and Texas A&M is above-average at producing free-throw attempts. Texas A&M is also an excellent passing team, assisting on 65.4 percent of field goals so far this season.
Why Wisconsin can cover
Wisconsin is a top-15 team in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, and the Badgers rank inside the top 20 nationally in shooting efficiency allowed. Opponents are shooting just 27.1 percent from 3-point range and 39.4 percent from 2-point range against Wisconsin this season, and the Badgers also have a 12.8 percent block rate. Wisconsin is also a very strong defensive rebounding team, with above-average free-throw prevention and a stellar track record in preventing easy looks.
Texas A&M also has issues with ball security, committing a turnover on more than 20 percent of offensive possessions. The Badgers are not known for explosiveness on offense, but Wisconsin also makes it difficult for opponents. Wisconsin is a top-15 team in ball security, and the Badgers are making 80.4 percent of free-throw attempts this season. The Badgers also may be able to generate second-chance opportunities against a Texas A&M team that ranks outside the top 250 in defensive rebound rate at 67.1 percent.
How to make Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 130 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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