Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 3/18/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Arkansas Razorbacks vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Location: Wells Fargo Arena (IA) in Des Moines, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Arkansas (+4)
Wells Fargo Arena (IA) is the location where the Kansas Jayhawks (28-7) will try to beat the Arkansas Razorbacks (21-13) on Saturday. Arkansas opens as 4-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 146.5.
The Arkansas Razorbacks took the court against Illinois and notched a win by a score of 73-63 in their last game. Arkansas finished the contest with a 38.1% field goal percentage (24 of 63) and converted 3 of 11 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Razorbacks converted 22 of 29 attempts for a percentage of 75.9%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 39 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 4 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and getting 12 steals. With regard to defending, Arkansas allowed the other team to go 38.5% from the floor on 20 out of 52 shooting. Illinois recorded 10 assists and had 10 steals in this contest. In addition, Illinois grabbed 29 boards (2 offensive, 27 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Illinois shot 65.4% from the charity stripe by knocking down 17 of their 26 tries. They converted 6 of their 22 tries from beyond the arc. In reference to fouls, the Razorbacks ended up walking away with 19 while Illinois totaled 19 fouls.
Davonte Davis is one player who played a role for this game. He finished the game at 50.0% from the field and totaled 1 assist. He was on the court for 30 mins and pulled down 6 boards. He accounted for 16 points on 7 out of 14 shooting.
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Arkansas comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 21-13 so far this year. They are averaging 74.4 pts per game (117th in Division 1) while going 47.2% from the field. The Razorbacks are connecting on 31.6% on three-point attempts (171 of 541) and 69.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Arkansas is pulling down 35.4 boards per game and has 447 assists so far this season, which ranks 130th in college basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 12.9 times per contest and as a group they commit 19.1 personal fouls per game.
On defense, the Razorbacks are forcing their opponents into 14.4 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.8 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 30.4% on 3-point shots and they are 97th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (67.3). The Razorbacks defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.9% (792 of 1,892) and they surrender 32.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 43rd in college hoops in giving up assists with 351 relinquished so far this year.
The last time they took the court, the Kansas Jayhawks took home the win by a final score of 96-68 against Howard. The Jayhawks were able to pull down 23 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in the game. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 13 steals in the game. Howard was called for 14 personal fouls for this game which got the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for 13 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.6%. In the matter of 3-point shots, Kansas converted 9 of 22 tries (40.9%). At the conclusion of this game, the Jayhawks ended up going 38 out of 73 from the field which gave them a rate of 52.1%. The Jayhawks permitted Howard to make 26 of 67 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 38.8% in this matchup. They finished 31.3% from three-point range by shooting 10 out of 32 and ended up going 6 out of 10 at the charity stripe (60.0%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Kansas permitted Howard to snag 31 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Jalen Wilson ended up being a major contributor for the Jayhawks for this game. He buried 8 out of 16 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 7 rebounds. He totaled 20 points in his 33 mins on the court, but wasn't able to earn an assist.
Kansas has a mark of 28-7 on the year. The Jayhawks have committed 16.4 personal fouls every game and they shoot 72.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.6 times per contest (12th in the country) and they turn it over 12.3 times per game. Kansas has accounted for 2,644 points on the campaign (75.5 per game) and they collect 36.1 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Jayhawks are shooting 46.7% from the floor, which ranks 53rd in the nation.
The Kansas defense surrenders 31.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (227 of 727) and their opposition knocks down 72.1% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 11.4 assists and 34.8 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 82nd and 229th in those defensive categories. The Jayhawks on the defensive end are ranked 118th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 67.9. They are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.5% from the field (55th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Arkansas (+4)
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