Houston vs Arkansas College Basketball Prediction, 12-6-2016
Houston Cougars vs Arkansas Razorbacks Pick & Prediction by Austin Clark of PrecisionPicks.com
Houston Cougars (6-1 SU, 3-2 ATS)
vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (6-1 SU, 2-4 ATS)
Tip Off: 7:00pm EST
The Line: Arkansas -6
Houston vs Arkansas Game Preview
A pair of (6-1) squads take the court tonight in Fayetteville, Arkansas as the Houston Cougars travel to play the Razorbacks.
Houston’s lone loss on the season came from another SEC team, LSU, on November 29th. Arkansas’s loss was dealt by the Minnesota Golden Gophers on November 22nd. Both teams have played sub par competition to date so this will be a nice resume builder for the NCAA committee.
Offense has come pretty easy for Houston, averaging 85.1 points per game, while shooting 50.7 percent from the field (12th) and 45.7 percent from three-point range. They have been cleaning the glass too, out rebounding opponents by an average of 10 boards per game. The Cougars are lead by Junior guard Rob Gray Jr who scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists in leading the Cougars to a 44-point home win over Prairie View in their last outing. On the season, Gray Jr. averages 19.4 PPG. The Cougars also have Senior G Damyean Dotson averaging 13.9 PPG and 6 rebounds per game.
The Razorbacks are averaging 84.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points points per game. Arkansas has decent depth despite returning just 2 starters from last season. The Hogs are lead by Senior guard Dusty Hannahs who averages 16.1 PPG and shoots an impressive 91.2% from the charity stripe.
Arkansas added two Junior College transfers, Jaylen Barford (6-3) and Daryl Macon (6-3). Barford averages 11.6 points, and Macon adds 10.6 points per game. Both players have been solid additions to this team.
This should be a competitive game between two teams that need a Top 100 RPI win to reach the Tournament. Both teams can score and neither team has played tough competition heading into this matchup. Arkansas may have a deep bench but their defense isn’t great and the Cougars can score.
Cougars are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game while Arkansas is just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Look for the Cougars to keep this close and cover the +6 point spread.
Houston vs Arkansas College Basketball Prediction: Houston +6
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