Arkansas vs. Iona - 11/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (4-1) at Arkansas Razorbacks (5-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm (Bud Walton Arena)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Iona Gaels and Arkansas Razorbacks play Sunday afternoon at the Bud Walton Arena.
The Iona Gaels have won three straight and will play already their fourth road game. On the season, Iona is averaging 88 points on 49.1 percent shooting and is allowing 74.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. A.J. English leads Iona with 25.2 points and six rebounds while Schadrac Casimir is averaging 16.4 points on on 57.8 percent shooting. Isaiah Williams is dishing out 3.4 assists per game and David Laury has 29 points in his last two games. The Iona Gaels have been an offensive machine out of the gate, having four players averaging 15 or more points and shooting 45.1 percent from beyond the arc overall. The issue for Iona is on the defensive side of the ball, as its allowing 36.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc and averaging just 32.6 rebounds per game.
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The Arkansas Razorbacks are undefeated and playing like an SEC contender I thought they would be. On the season, Arkansas is averaging 89.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting and is allowing 69.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Bobby Portis leads Arkansas with 15.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while Michael Qualls is averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Rashad Madden is producing 5.8 assists per game and Anthlon Bell is shooting 48.3 percent from three. The Arkansas Razorbacks are first in the country with 21.2 assists per game and are shooting 46.7 percent from downtown, really putting on an offensive clinic each night. The Razorbacks defense could use some improvement but they are averaging close to 10 steals and forcing more than 18 turnovers per contest.
The Gaels are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Sunday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Razorbacks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
I've liked the Arkansas Razorbacks before the season began and they're playing just as I expected. The Razorbacks are a good, good team. Give me Arkansas and the double-digit chalk.