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Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans vs. Troy Trojans - 3/13/14 Sun Belt First Round

Troy Trojans (11-19) at Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (14-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Lakefront Arena)

The Line: Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


In the first round of the Sun Belt tournament, the Troy Trojans and Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans will share the hardwood Thursday night. These teams split the season series with the road team winning both games.

Troy ended its regular season losing four of its last six games. On the season, it averages 67.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allow 70.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. It’s a team that relies heavily on the three-ball, taking 21.1 attempts per game and knocking them down at 34.1 percent. Senior Hunter Williams is the best player on the team, averaging 13.6 points and 3.2 assists. Troy averages 38.4 rebounds per game and makes 66.4 percent of its free throws. The team is 12-10-1 ATS overall.

Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans vs. Troy Trojans - 3/13/14 Sun Belt First Round

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Arkansas-Little Rock lost six of its last eight games to end the regular season. On the season, it averages 68.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allows 73.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Their offense runs through senior forward Will Neighbor, who leads the team with 16.3 points and 7 rebounds. Unlike Troy, this is not a perimeter shooting team. It wants to get physical on the glass, and it shoots 73 percent from the free throw line. Arkansas-Little Rock is 13-12 ATS overall.

Troy is 5-1 ATS in its last six neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in its last four games following a SU win of more than 20 points. Arkansas-Little Rock is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games following a SU loss and 6-1 ATS in its last seven following an ATS loss.

The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings between these two teams.

This game really comes down to whether or not Neighbor will play for Arkansas-Little Rock, as he’s missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. If he plays, you have to like Arkansas-Little Rock. If not, Troy has to be the pick.

I’m going to assume he suits up considering it’s a tournament game.

Give me Arkansas-Little Rock and the small chalk. 

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