UT Arlington Mavericks vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UT Arlington Mavericks vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
TV: SEC Network
Odds/Point Spread: UT Arlington (+15)
The Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0) play the UT Arlington Mavericks (1-2) at Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday. Arkansas opens this contest as 15-point favorites. The over/under opens at 149.5.
UT Arlington will play this game with a mark of 1-2 this year. They are giving up possession 9.0 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.3 fouls per contest. As a team, UT Arlington is pulling in 42.0 rebounds per contest and has tallied 36 dimes for the campaign, which is 77th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Mavericks are connecting on 29.0% on three-point shots (20 of 69) and 62.3% from the free throw line. They average 73.0 pts per contest (143rd in Division 1) while connecting on 39.0% from the floor. Defensively, the Mavericks are forcing their opponents into 15.7 turnovers per game while drawing 17.3 fouls. The Mavericks are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.5% (82 of 193) and they surrender 47.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 308th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 38 conceded for the campaign. They give up 34.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 258th in the nation in PPG from their opponents (74.0).
The UT Arlington Mavericks faced the Northwestern State Demons and notched a win by a score of 80-71 in their last game. UT Arlington ended the contest with a 41.7% field goal percentage (30 out of 72) and buried 6 out of their 18 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Mavericks converted 14 of their 20 attempts for a rate of 70.0%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they earned 46 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 12 assists in this game while getting 12 steals and 4 rejections. When it comes to the defense, UT Arlington allowed their opponent to shoot 41.7% from the field on 30 out of 72. Northwestern State doled out 12 dimes and 4 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Demons pulled down 42 boards (9 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Northwestern State finished shooting 57.1% at the charity stripe by converting 8 of 14 tries. They made 9 of 25 shots from downtown.
Nicolas Elame is someone who was a factor in this game. He ended up walking away with 11 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes and also totaled 5 rebounds. Elame finished 44.4% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Mavericks was David Azore. He pulled down 7 rebounds and also earned 3 assists. He finished shooting 30.0% from the floor for this game by shooting 3-of-10 (12 points). When this game wrapped up, Azore played 28 min.
Arkansas has a mark of 2-0 for the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Razorbacks are connecting on 50.4% from the field, which is 143rd in the country. Arkansas has scored 211 pts for the season (105.5 per game) and they grab 49.0 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 18.0 times per game (40th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.5 times per contest. The Razorbacks commit 13.0 fouls per contest and they shoot 72.9% from the charity stripe. The Razorbacks on defense are ranked 127th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 58.0. They have conceded 11.0 dimes and 34.5 total boards per game, which is 181st and 206th in the nation. The Arkansas defense gives up 28.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (15 of 52) and opponents are connecting on 68.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 18.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 33.8% from the floor (21st in D-1).
The last time they took the court, the Arkansas Razorbacks went home victorious with a score of 69-54 when they played the North Texas Mean Green. The Razorbacks were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 37 in this game. They also blocked 8 tries while recording 9 steals in this game. The Mean Green were called for 17 fouls in this contest which took the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They were able to make 17 of them for a percentage of 65.4%. When discussing 3-point attempts, Arkansas made 6 of their 22 attempts (27.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Razorbacks ended up shooting 23 out of 55 from the floor which had them shooting 41.8%. The Razorbacks allowed the Mean Green to convert 21 of their 58 tries from the field which had them shooting 36.2% in this game. They finished 15.4% from three-point range by shooting 2 out of 13 and ended up shooting 10 out of 13 from the free throw line (76.9%). In reference to rebounding, Arkansas allowed North Texas to get 35 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Justin Smith ended up being a factor for the Razorbacks in this matchup. He buried 7 out of 13 for the game giving him a rate of 53.8%, which gave him 18 points. Smith pulled down 6 rebounds in his 36 mins and had 3 assists for the matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Arkansas was Desi Sills. He totaled 14 points in his 36 minutes played by going 4 out of 7 from the floor in the matchup. Sills ended the game having shot 57.1% from the floor as well as totaling 3 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Arkansas (-15)
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