Razorbacks Favorites Over the War Eagles
The fans at Bud Walton Arena will see a game between the Auburn Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks when they take their seats on Tuesday evening. The Auburn Tigers may be ripe for an upset as they hit the road after an emotional SEC Victory on Saturday.
TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network; LINE: Arkansas -1; O/U: 147.5
Tenth-ranked Auburn will look to avoid a letdown after an emotional win against Kentucky over the weekend. The War Eagles go after a fifth straight win. The Tigers moved into a tie for second in the conference after the Kentucky victory. The team shot just 35.3% from the field but pounded Kentucky 17-6 on the offensive glass in a satisfying 75-66 win Saturday.
“It has to take us from good to very good now,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl told reporters. “It does…. The point that I’ve been making – and maybe it’s because the schedule hasn’t presented it – Kentucky is the best team we’ve played. So, I thought we stepped up and responded. I thought we took a step from good to very good. Now the question is can we build on it.” The Tigers would welcome an effort close to last season when they rolled to a 76-53 victory at home while holding the Razorbacks to shooting 32.8% from the field.
Arkansas is a much better team this season and is 11-2 at home. The Razorbacks rebounded from a 1-3 stretch with a vital 82-78 victory on the road at Alabama on Saturday. They fell behind 12-0 and was able to rebound as guard Mason Jones dialed up 30 points to continue his scoring surge. “To play on the road in the SEC is never easy and kind of felt like it was a must-win for us based on our last home game,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman told reporters. “Just proud of how we battled.” The Razorbacks lead the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense by holding opponents to 24.7% from beyond the arc. They also top the SEC in steals per game at 8.5.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The War Eagles are 19-2 overall this season and 6-2 in the SEC. Guard Samir Doughty has broken out of his five-game scoring slump, where he scored only 9.6 points per game. He is averaging 19.3 ppg over his last three after pouring in 23 against Kentucky. Doughty leads the team overall in scoring at 15.1 ppg. Forward Isaac Okoro continues to be a major factor each night scoring 13.0 ppg on 51.9% shooting. He has picked it up as well by averaging 15.7 ppg over the past three outings. Point guard J’Von McCormick (10.7 points, team-high 4.6 assists) was held to four points against Kentucky. Center Austin Wiley (10.1 points, team-best 9.2 rebounds) racked his eighth double-double.
The Razorbacks are 16-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. Jones tops the SEC in scoring at 19.8 ppg. He rang up 34 points to go along with 12 rebounds in a 79-77 home loss to South Carolina on Wednesday.He then shot 10-for-30 from the field in the win at Alabama. Guard Jimmy Whitt Jr. rebounded from a seven-point performance against the Gamecocks by scoring 26 last time out. He averages 15.4 ppg overall on 52.7% shooting from the field. That is third behind Jones and guard Isaiah Joe, who is averaging 16.0 ppg. Guard Jalen Harris stepped up Saturday with 11 points, as it was his highest total since scoring 10 in the season opener against Rice.
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The Dart Throw: Arkansas 74, Auburn 67
SEC Basketball Trends
- Trend Under is 13-3 in Razorbacks last 16 games as a favorite of 13.0 or greater. Hit % 81.20% (16) O/U 3|13 Push 0 W/L
- Over is 5-1 in Razorbacks last 6 games as a home favorite. 83.30% (6) 5|1 0
- Under is 4-0 in Razorbacks last 4 games as a home underdog of 0.5-6.5. 100.00% (4) 0|4 0
- Under is 6-2 in Razorbacks last 8 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5. 75.00% (8) 2|6 0
- Trend Under is 9-4 in Tigers last 13 games as a road favorite of 0.5-6.5. Hit % 69.20% (13) O/U 4|9 Push 0 W/L
- Under is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 games as a road favorite. 83.30% (6) 1|5 0
- Over is 9-3 in Tigers last 12 games as a favorite of 13.0 or greater. 75.00% (12) 3|13 0
- Over is 7-3 in Tigers last 10 games as an underdog of 13.0 or greater. 70.00% (10) 7|3 0
Auburn vs Arkansas H2H Meeting Trends
- Trend Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Hit % 75.00% (8) O/U Push 0 W/L 6|2
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