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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Mississippi Rebels - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Mississippi Rebels (10-6) at Arkansas Razorbacks (13-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Bud Walton Arena)

The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Ole Miss Rebels will travel to Bud Walton Arena to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Ole Miss Rebels dropped to 10-6 on the season after being defeated by the LSU Tigers 75-71 this past Wednesday. Ole Miss struggled offensively as they shot only 34.6% from the field and 21.7% (5-23) from long-range. Leading the way for the Rebels was M.J. Rhett who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Ole Miss is currently ranked 56th in the RPI Standings and has played the 19th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rebels have been led by Stefan Moody (14.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg) and Jarvis Summers (13.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.4 apg). Offensively, Ole Miss is averaging 73.6 ppg (ranked 53rd) on 43.2% (ranked 197th). The Rebels are shooting 78.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 1st). Defensively, the Rebels are holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg (ranked 173rd) on 37.9% shooting (ranked 30th). Ole Miss is averaging 4.1 bpg (ranked 111th). The Rebels are grabbing 25.88 defensive rpg (ranked 70th) and 38.56 total rpg (ranked 42nd).

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Mississippi Rebels - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arkansas Razorbacks had their 7 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-3 (2-1 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Volunteers 74-69 this past Tuesday. Arkansas allowed Tennessee to shoot 50.9% from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc. The Razorbacks were led by Bobby Portis who had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Arkansas is currently ranked 13th in the RPI Standings and has the 60th ranked SOS. On the season, the Razorbacks have been led by Bobby Portis (18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and Michael Qualls (15.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Offensively, Arkansas is averaging 83.0 ppg (ranked 6th) on 47.0% shooting (ranked 43rd). The Razorbacks are 18.2 apg (ranked 4th) and have a turnover margin of 4.3 (ranked 12th). Defensively, Arkansas is holding their opponents to an average of 70.1 ppg (ranked 266th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 238th). The Razorbacks are averaging 8.7 spg (ranked 22nd). Arkansas is grabbing 24.06 defensive rpg (ranked 168th) and 37.44 total rpg (ranked 72nd).

The Rebels are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Razorbacks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Ole Miss is one of the most inconsistent teams in the country as they have the talent to beat anyone, however, have shown that they can also lose on any given night. Arkansas is a great team, especially at home, but Ole Miss has been competitive in every road game this year and I think this is too many points to pass up.  This will be a high scoring affair but it will be a close game. Take Ole Miss and the points. 

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Ole Miss Rebels +8.5

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