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Arkansas vs. Wofford - NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wofford Terriers (28-6) at Arkansas Razorbacks (26-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm (Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena)

The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT HD

The (12) Wofford Terriers and (5) Arkansas Razorbacks will face off this Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Arena in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Wofford Terriers finished the regular season with a 28-6 (16-2) record and earned an automatic bid by defeating the Furman Paladins 67-64 in the Southern Championship. Wofford has one of the better point guards in the country in the Karl Cochran and have a very good defensive. On the season, the Terriers have been led by Karl Cochran (14.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.1 bpg) and Spencer Collins (11.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg). Wofford is ranked 48th in the RPI Standings and 92nd in the BPI Standings. Offensively, Wofford is averaging 67.0 ppg (ranked 186th) on 45.8% shooting (ranked 71st). The Terriers average just 10.9 turnovers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22. Defensively, Wofford is holding their opponents to 59.8 ppg (ranked 25th) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 107th). The Terriers pull down 23.3 defensive rpg and average 2.5 bpg.

Arkansas vs. Wofford - NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 21st ranked Arkansas Razorbacks finished the season with a 26-8 (13-5 SEC) record and finished 2nd in the SEC after losing 78-63 to the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Championship game. Arkansas is a very talent offensive team that can use their length and athleticism to run people off the court. On the season, the Razorbacks have been led by Bobby Portis (17.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg) and Michael Qualls (15.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apg). Arkansas is ranked 17th in the RPI Standings and 21st in the BPI Standings. Arkansas is averaging 78.0 ppg (ranked 16th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 98th). The Razorbacks average 16.1 apg and 11.7 turnovers per game. Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg (ranked 270th) on 43.1% shooting (ranked 178th). The Razorbacks average 35.8 total rpg and commit 19.0 personal fouls per game.

The Terriers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA tournament games.

Wofford will have to rely on their defense to stand a chance in this one and even though they did win their conference tournament, they were challenged and almost lost to a to a very below-average Furman team. Arkansas wasn’t able to knock off Kentucky in SEC Championship however, they looked like a team that could make a little bit of a run in the tournament. I think Arkansas is just too athletic for Wofford in this one and that the Razorbacks will be able to cover this large spread. Take Arkansas to cover. 

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Arkansas Razorbacks -7

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