Arkansas Razorbacks (10-6) vs Mississippi Rebels (13-3)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 1:00 pm EST
Location : The Pavilion, Oxford Mississippi
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Arkansas Razorbacks vs Mississippi Rebels
The Arkansas Razorbacks will travel to The Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi, to battle the 20th ranked Mississippi Rebels on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Rebels halted an extended winning streak in their last outing as they fell to the LSU Tigers at home as LSU broke open a tie game at the break in which to outscore Ole Miss 52-38 in the second half while being led by Tremont Waters, who finished with 20 points while pulling down nine rebounds in addition to going 2-4 from three-point range for the Tigers in the victory. Also, the Tigers shot 47% from the floor while holding Mississippi to just 40% on the night as Terrance Davis led the team with 21 points while collecting 10 rebounds for the Rebels in the loss as he also went 4-9 from three-point range.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have found themselves in a huge slump as they are losers of their last three games as they fell to the Tennessee Volunteers in their last time out in a blowout loss on the road as the Razorbacks allowed the Tennessee Volunteers to score 50 points in each half while shooting 50% from the floor in addition to a whopping 61% from three-point range in the victory. The Razorbacks, however, got 23 points from Isaiah Joe while leading scorer for the season in Daniel Gafford went only 4-6 from the floor while ending with 10 points in addition to pulling down seven rebounds in the loss.
Arkansas Razorbacks's Latest Performance :
One only has to look on the defensive end of the floor in order to make sense of why the Arkansas Razorbacks are struggling at this point in the season. As stated, they have lost three straight games as their defense has allowed entirely too many points to their opponents during this time. To compound this, in their last outing, the Razorbacks allowed the Tennessee Volunteers 106 points as Tennessee shot 51% compared to 47% for the Razorbacks. On the other hand, the Razorbacks were able to connect on 10 3-pointers compared to 11 for the home team. Nonetheless, the key stat in this game was that the Volunteers were able to grace the free throw line 39 times while making good on 35 attempts. On the other hand, Arkansas went only 13 – 22 in this area throughout the matchup.
Also, one can also throw in the fact that Arkansas committed 17 turnovers in the contest as well, which also sealed their fate in the end. So, after picking up a win in their first SEC Conference game of the year vs the Texas A&M Aggies, Arkansas has fallen in their proceeding three conference games and will certainly be desperate for a win versus the Mississippi Rebels on Saturday. In all, Arkansas happens to be winners of two of their last three road games despite their deflating lost to the Volunteers. However, Arkansas may run into problems as the offense for Ole Miss has posted well over 80 points in four the last four outings, total.
Mississippi Rebels's Latest Performance :
Despite 23 points from Terrance Davis in the loss, Mississippi was not able to contain a Tiger offense that went off in the second half in scoring 52 points total en route to a huge road victory over the Rebels in their last time out, as stated. Leading scorer for the Rebels in Breein Tyree went 5-11 from the floor while ending with 12 points along with six turnovers in the contest as Ole Miss shot horrible from the floor while connecting on just eight of 28 3-point attempts on the night.
On the other hand, LSU was able to finish the game shooting 47% from the floor as Tremont Waters along with Skylar Mays combined to go 5-11 from three-point range as they led the team with 20 and 14 points, respectively. LSU also outrebounded Mississippi in this contest while also capitalizing on 16 costly turnovers for the home team en route to the victory. Despite the lost, the Rebels find themselves in fifth place within the Southeastern Conference and will like to clean up their act as soon as possible in which to pick up a win.
They may certainly find success on the offensive end versus an Arkansas team that has allowed an average of 100 points per game to their opponents in their last two outings. Nonetheless, Mississippi must be able to hunker down on the defensive end as they are certainly coming off of a rough outing on the defensive end vs. a motivated Tigers team.
How Arkansas Razorbacks & Mississippi Rebels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Arkansas is 7-9 ATS while the OU is 9-11
Mississippi is 14 – 2 ATS while the OU is 7 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a very important SEC matchup for both teams as Arkansas will be looking to awaken out of a slump to where they are losers of three straight conference games. On the other hand, look for Mississippi to atone for a deflating loss versus the LSU Tigers at home in their last outing, as stated. In all, look for Mississippi to push the pace on offense throughout this contest as they will be looking to take advantage of a mistake prone defense for the Arkansas Razorbacks. On the other hand, the Arkansas Razorbacks are also a team that likes to get up and down the floor as well as they will likely follow the same type of philosophy in this contest. In all, one should look for this matchup to be one that is fast pace as well as high scoring throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Mississippi Rebels
My reason for the pick :
While the Arkansas Razorbacks can indeed put points on the board, as pointed out, look for the Mississippi Rebels to come out victorious in this contest on Saturday afternoon as I happen to believe that they will hit the majority of the critical basket down the stretch in which to pull out a high-scoring, slim victory. Of course, one should certainly expect this game to be a back and forth, fast paced affair amongst two teams that love to get up and down the floor. However, one should also expect the home team to come out on top they will certainly look to keep pressure on the fourth-place team in the conference in the Kentucky Wildcats with a victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
With the way in which both offenses have scored the basketball this season compared with the lackluster way in which both defenses have performed lately as well as throughout the season, I will certainly back the over in this contest as both teams will have ample opportunities in which to score the basketball. Combine this with the fact that both teams will be looking to push the pace throughout, one will certainly conclude that the total will indeed be surpassed in this highly competitive contest.
Betting trends for Arkansas Razorbacks:
- The Razorback are 2 – 8 against the spread in their last 10 games
- The under is 7-3 in Razorbacks last 10 games
Betting trends for Mississippi Rebels:
- The Rebels are 9-1 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 5-1 in Rebels last six games