Abilene Christian Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Abilene Christian Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
Odds/Point Spread: Abilene Christian (+14)
Bud Walton Arena is the site where and the Arkansas Razorbacks (6-0) will play the Abilene Christian Wildcats (7-1) on Tuesday. Abilene Christian opens this game as 14-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 137.5.
Abilene Christian comes into this one with a win-loss record of 7-1 on the season. They turn it over 15.3 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Abilene Christian is grabbing 34.6 boards per contest and is sitting with 117 dimes for the year, which ranks 42nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Wildcats are hitting 35.3% on shots from beyond the arc (60 of 170) and 61.1% from the free throw line. They average 74.0 pts per game (157th in college basketball) while hitting 44.0% from the field. On defense, the Wildcats have forced 23.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 23.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 25.0% on three-point shots and they are 10th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (55.8). The Wildcats defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 38.8% (155 of 400) and they surrender 34.5 boards per contest as a squad. They are currently ranked 141st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 70 surrendered on the season.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats played the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys and walked away with a win by a score of 95-73 in their last game. Abilene Christian ended the contest having earned a 47.1% field goal percentage (32 of 68) and made 4 of their 17 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wildcats converted 27 of 43 shots for a rate of 62.8%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they collected a total of 37 with 16 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 16 assists in the game as well as having 13 steals and 4 rejections. Regarding defense, Abilene Christian allowed the other team to shoot 47.1% from the floor on 32 out of 68. Hardin-Simmons recorded 13 assists and 3 steals for this game. On top of that, the Cowboys grabbed 31 boards (6 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Hardin-Simmons shot 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 15 tries. They also made 7 of their 16 attempts from 3-point range.
Coryon Mason is one player who saw a lot of action for this contest. He was able to score 10 points on 3 out of 6 shooting. He played 22 minutes played and also snagged 2 boards. Mason finished the contest at 50.0% from the field and dished out 2 assists. Another guy that was a contributor in this game for the Wildcats was Joe Pleasant. He pulled down 6 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field for the game via 7-of-14 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Pleasant played 24 minutes.
Arkansas has a mark of 6-0 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Razorbacks are shooting 48.3% from the field, which ranks 85th in college hoops. Arkansas has 548 pts so far this year (91.3 per contest) and they collect 46.0 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 17.8 times per contest (34th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.0 times per game. The Razorbacks are committing 14.7 personal fouls every game while shooting 71.6% from the free throw line. The Razorbacks on the defensive end are ranked 31st in D-1 in points given up per game with 60.1. They concede 9.7 dimes and 34.1 rebounds per game, which is 31st and 136th in college basketball. The Arkansas defense allows 28.1% on three-point shots (45 of 160) and opponents are connecting on 68.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 14.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 34.6% from the floor (9th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Arkansas Razorbacks took home the win by a final score of 87-76 when they played the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The Razorbacks corralled 31 defensive rebounds and 23 offensive rebounds for a total of 54 for the matchup. They also blocked 7 shots while getting 8 steals for the game. The Golden Eagles had 22 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for a total of 27 shots. They were able to make 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 70.4%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, Arkansas converted 4 of their 24 attempts (16.7%). When the game finished, the Razorbacks shot 32 for 77 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.6%. The Razorbacks allowed the Golden Eagles to convert 25 out of 64 attempts from the floor which had them at 39.1% for the game. They wrapped up this game 27.6% from 3-point land by going 8 of 29 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 24 at the free throw line (75.0%). With respect to how they rebounded, Arkansas allowed Oral Roberts to snag 29 in total (6 on the offensive glass).
Justin Smith ended up having an impact for the Razorbacks for the matchup. He knocked down 9 out of 20 for this game for a field goal percentage of 45.0%, which gave him 22 points. Smith grabbed 17 rebounds in his 39 minutes and had 2 assists for the contest. One more player that was pivotal for Arkansas was Desi Sills. He notched 16 points in his 34 minutes on the court by way of 6 of 13 from the floor for this game. Sills walked away from this one going 46.2% from the field while also totaling 2 assists and 10 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Arkansas (-14)
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