Arkansas Razorbacks vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 2/28/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Arkansas Razorbacks vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
The Tennessee Volunteers (21-8) welcome the Arkansas Razorbacks (19-10) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday.
The Arkansas Razorbacks played Alabama and went home with a loss by a final score of 86-83 in their last game. Arkansas ended the contest having earned a 41.4% FG percentage (29 of 70) and converted 5 out of their 10 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Razorbacks buried 20 of their 29 attempts for a rate of 69.0%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they collected 33 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 6 assists in this matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and getting 12 steals. With regard to the defense, Arkansas allowed the other team to shoot 45.3% from the field on 29 out of 64 shooting. Alabama distributed 13 assists and had 6 steals in this game. Furthermore, Alabama pulled down 44 boards (11 offensive, 33 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Alabama went 83.3% at the charity stripe by burying 25 of their 30 attempts. They buried 3 of their 22 attempts from distance. Regarding fouls, the Razorbacks ended up with 25 while Alabama totaled 21 fouls.
Nick Smith is a player who was a major factor in the game. He finished the game at 39.1% from the floor and also totaled 1 assist. He was on the court for 40 mins played and snagged 6 boards. He ended up walking away with 24 points on 9 out of 23 shooting.
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Arkansas steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 19-10 for the year. They are averaging 75.3 points per outing (104th in Division 1) while going 48.3% from the field. The Razorbacks are hitting 31.9% on shots from 3-point land (145 of 455) and 69.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Arkansas is grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game and is sitting with 395 assists on the campaign, which ranks 162nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 12.9 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 18.8 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Razorbacks are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.8 fouls. They are currently ranked 19th in college hoops in giving up assists with 288 conceded for the season. The Razorbacks defense is allowing a FG percentage of 41.1% (667 of 1,624) and they relinquish 32.6 boards per contest as a team. They give up 31.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 75th in D-1 in points per game allowed (66.2).
The last time they took the court, the Tennessee Volunteers took home the win by a final score of 85-45 against South Carolina. The Volunteers were able to corral 19 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 30 in this game. They gave up possession of the ball 3 times, while getting 7 steals for this game. South Carolina was called for 6 fouls in this game which took the Volunteers to the charity stripe for a total of 6 attempts. They were able to knock down 3 of the free throws for a percentage of 50.0%. With regard to 3-pointers, Tennessee made 10 of 23 tries (43.5%). When all was said and done, the Volunteers finished shooting 36 out of 62 from the floor which had them sitting at 58.1%. The Volunteers permitted South Carolina to make 19 out of their 54 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 35.2% in the game. They finished 18.2% from 3-point land via 4 of 22 and ended up going 3 out of 7 at the charity stripe (42.9%). In the matter of rebounds, Tennessee permitted South Carolina to grab 27 overall (11 offensive).
Josiah-Jordan James was important for the Volunteers for the contest. He converted 7 out of 11 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 63.6%, and totaled 2 rebounds. He totaled 18 points in his 21 minutes on the court and totaled 1 assist in this game.
Tennessee has a mark of 21-8 on the campaign. The Volunteers have committed 16.9 personal fouls every game and they go 71.2% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 17.1 times per game (10th in the nation) and they are turning it over 12.0 times per contest. Tennessee has accumulated 2,083 points on the season (71.8 per game) and they pull in 39.2 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Volunteers are connecting on 43.2% from the field, which ranks 265th in the nation.
The Volunteers on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in D-1 in points given up per game with 56.7. They are forcing 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 35.9% from the floor (2nd in D-1). The Tennessee defense allows 24.7% on 3-pointers (157 of 635) and their opposition knocks down 72.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 9.2 dimes and 32.4 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 8th and 78th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Arkansas
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