Texas Longhorns vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks - 12/2/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas-Arlington Mavericks (3-3) at Texas Longhorns (6-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -24.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Longhorn Network
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will travel to the Frank Erwin Center to face the Texas Longhorns this Tuesday evening.
UT-Arlington dropped to 3-3 on the season after losing 104-81 to the Montana State Bobcats this past Friday night. The Mavericks had all sorts of trouble on defensive as they allowed the Bobcats to shoot 51.9% from the field and hit an astonishing 18 three-pointers. Leading the way for UT-Arlington was Drew Charles who scored 12 points, 2 steals and Lonnie McClanahan who chipped in with 12 points off the bench. The Mavericks are a well-balanced team who have 8 players who averaging more than 15 minutes of playing time. Leading UT-Arlington on the season has been Lonnie McClanahan (12.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jamel Outler (10.3 ppg), and Johnny Hill (9.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg). The Mavericks lost two of their stars from last year in Reger Dowell (20.3 ppg) and Brandon Edwards (16.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg), however, they are still finding ways to score the ball as on the season they are averaging 72.0 ppg which ranked 112th in the country. UT-Arlington will need improve on the defensive end as currently they are giving up 79.7 ppg which ranks 337th in the country.
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The #6 Texas Longhorns are a perfect 6-0 on the season after a thrilling 55-54 victory against the Connecticut Huskies this past Saturday. Jonathan Holmes was struggling from the field all game (13 points on 4-13 shooting), however, Holmes nailed the game-winning three pointer as time expired. Texas was missing their leading scoring Isaiah Taylor (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg) after he suffered a wrist injury earlier in the season versus Iowa. As Isaiah Taylor will most likely be out until the beginning of conference play, Texas will be relying on Jonathan Holmes (13.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg), Myles Turner (11.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg), and Javan Felix (9.2 ppg, 2.6 apg, 2.4 apg). Texas is one of the best defense teams in the country as they have great length in the front court. On the season, Texas is only allowing 52.5 ppg (ranked 11th), grabbing 32.7 defense rpg (ranked 1st), and block 7.5 shots per game (ranked 4th).
The Mavericks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss and are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Longhorns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks have played some tough competition, however, it seems that once again that they will generally struggle stopping any team from scoring the basketball on them. The Mavericks can score the ball on most defenses, however, was only able to score 44 points against a strong Kentucky Wildcat Defense. Although I’m worried that the Longhorns might overlook the Mavericks as they will take on Kentucky later in the week, I think the Mavericks will struggle against the Longhorn defensive and that Texas will not have any problem putting the ball in the basket. I’m going to take the Longhorns to cover the large spread.