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The Texas A&M Aggies were the only one of the four seeds in the 2022 Men’s NIT to reach the quarterfinals.
They entered the tournament one win before securing a spot in March Madness.
Buzz Williams’ team extended their strong SEC Tournament form into the first two rounds, producing a pair of double-digit wins.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are expected to provide Texas A&M with its toughest test yet on Wednesday, when the power conference programs battle for one of two remaining semifinal spots.
The Washington State Cougars and BYU Cougars face off in Game 2 on Wednesday. Both teams enter the contest with a pair of double-digit wins, and we could see plenty of points inside the Marriott Center.
NIT Wednesday Schedule and Odds
Wake Forest at Texas A&M (-3) (Over/Under: 146.5) (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Washington State at BYU (-3) (O/U: 141.5) (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Wake Forest at Texas A&M (-3)
Texas A&M has suffered just one loss in its last nine games.
The Aggies played solid basketball through the final two weeks of the regular season and into the SEC Tournament to clinch a top-four seed in the NIT.
Texas A&M was hoping to clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament, but it was a top-four team in the field at 68.
The SEC team didn’t let the disappointment of not making the Big Dance affect them, and they started the NIT with double-digit win streaks. The Texas A&M defense held the Alcorn State Braves and Oregon Ducks to a combined 122 points inside Reed Arena.
The Aggies have held each of their last five opponents to 65 points or less, a streak that includes the SEC tournament final loss to the Tennessee Volunteers.
Wake Forest’s offense has produced at least 74 points in its last five wins, but its defense has fallen short of Texas A&M’s.
Steve Forbes’ Demon Deacons have allowed at least 74 points in four of their last five wins, and if the defense doesn’t improve on Wednesday, the ACC team could be heading for a quarter-final exit.
If the defensive form of both teams remains the same on Wednesday, A&M should overtake the Demon Deacons to earn one of the two remaining spots in the semifinals.
Washington State at BYU (over 141.5)
BYU is the top-performing team through two rounds of the NIT.
The West Coast Conference Cougars eclipsed the 90-point mark in their two wins.
BYU may not reach that threshold again, but he can certainly score in the 70s to help the 141.5 points to reach Wednesday.
Mark Pope’s team ranks in the top 100 in two- and three-point offense on KenPom.com, and they’re 41st in adjusted offensive efficiency.
Washington State’s stats aren’t quite as impressive, but he’s scored over 70 points in three of his last six contests.
The Pac-12 program is playing some of its best basketball this season and is 7-2 dating back to Feb. 22.
Washington State heads to Provo, Utah with a healthy dose of confidence, and that should help them get off to a quick start.
Both teams’ offensive form should lead to a high-scoring game in which both hit the 70-point mark and allow the overs to hit.
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