Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 3/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech (-1)
The Arkansas Razorbacks (23-6) play the Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-10) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The total opens at 141.
Texas Tech comes into this matchup with a record of 18-10 this year. They currently have an average of 72.8 points per game (131st in Division 1) while going 44.2% from the floor. The Red Raiders are connecting on 34.8% on 3-point shots (175 of 503) and 71.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Texas Tech is pulling in 34.9 boards per contest and is sitting with 365 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 84th in college hoops in terms of passing. They turn it over 10.9 times per contest and as a squad they commit 17.3 fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Red Raiders are forcing their opponents into 16.3 turnovers every game while drawing 20.0 fouls. They are 120th in D-1 in allowing assists with 274 surrendered on the year. The Red Raiders are giving up a FG percentage of 41.1% (605 of 1,471) and they surrender 33.2 rebounds per contest as a team. They give up 34.5% on shots from distance while they are 24th in college basketball in opponents points per game (63.0).
The Texas Tech Red Raiders took the court against the Utah State Aggies and notched a win by a score of 65-53 in their last game. Texas Tech ended the contest with a 41.9% field goal percentage (26 of 62) and made 7 of their 18 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Red Raiders converted 6 of their 8 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they earned 26 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 15 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing 22 turnovers and getting 8 steals. When talking about defending, Texas Tech allowed their opponent to shoot 44.0% from the field on 22 of 50 shooting. Utah State distributed 13 assists and had 3 steals for the matchup. In addition, Utah State collected 34 rebounds (8 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 9 rejections. Utah State shot 50.0% at the free throw line by making 5 of their 10 tries. They also buried 4 out of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Mac McClung is a guy who came through in the matchup. He ended up scoring 16 points on 6 out of 16 shooting. He played 30 mins played and snagged 3 rebounds. McClung finished 37.5% from the floor but didn't record an assist. Another guy that was a contributor in this game for the Red Raiders was Kyler Edwards. He grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes played on the night. He finished 37.5% from the field for this contest by going 3-of-8 (12 points). Overall, Edwards totaled 4 assists.
Arkansas has a record of 23-6 this season. The Razorbacks are committing 16.9 fouls every game and they hit 73.8% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.8 times per game (73rd in D-1) and they are turning it over 13.0 times per contest. Arkansas has totaled 2,392 points on the campaign (82.5 per game) and they grab 39.9 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Razorbacks are connecting on 45.4% from the field, which is ranked 104th in college hoops. The Razorbacks on the defensive side of the court are 188th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 70.6. The Arkansas defense surrenders 33.0% on shots from beyond the arc (222 of 672) and their opposition makes 68.3% of their foul shots. They have allowed 12.0 dimes and 35.9 boards per game, which is ranked 102nd and 222nd in the nation. They are forcing 15.6 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 41.4% from the floor (73rd in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Arkansas Razorbacks got the victory with a final of 85-68 when they played the Colgate Raiders. The Razorbacks were able to pull down 25 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in this game. They also turned it over 10 times, while getting 13 steals in this contest. The Raiders were called for 24 fouls in the game which got the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to knock down 22 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 75.9%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Arkansas made 5 out of their 16 attempts (31.3%). When the game finished, the Razorbacks went 29 for 65 from the floor which had them shooting 44.6%. The Razorbacks permitted the Raiders to make 23 of 58 tries from the field which had them shooting 39.7% in this matchup. They shot 44.4% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 12 of 27 and finished the game at 10 of 17 from the charity stripe (58.8%). In regard to how they rebounded, Arkansas permitted Colgate to collect 36 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Justin Smith ended up having an impact for the Razorbacks for this contest. He converted 9 out of 17 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 52.9%, and added 13 rebounds. Smith racked up 29 points in his 40 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist in the game. Someone else that was important for Arkansas was Jalen Tate. He wrapped the game up with 4 assists in 38 mins on the court, and he knocked down 5 of 13 from the floor. Tate ended the game having shot 38.5% from the floor in addition to contributing 15 points and 7 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Arkansas (+1) and over 141 points
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