Houston vs. Arkansas - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arkansas Razorbacks (5-1) at Houston Cougars (5-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Health and PE Arena)
The Line: Houston Cougars +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at H&PE Arena on Saturday, we’ve got a fun college basketball matchup on the slate between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Houston Cougars.
Arkansas enters this game with a 5-1 record so far. The Razorbacks lost to North Carolina last Friday but then bounced back to beat Connecticut. In that last game, the Razorbacks’ top scorer was Jaylen Barford, with 24 points.
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On the season, Barford leads the Razorbacks with 20.8 PPG and 4.2 RPG, and Daryl Macon has 16.3 PPG to his name. Also in double-digits for Arkansas are Daniel Gafford (12.8 PPG; 5.7 RPG) and Anton Beard (12.2 PPG; 3.5 APG).
Over on the Houston side, they’re sitting at 5-1 on the year. The Cougars have won four straight against Liberty, Wake Forest, Incarnate Word and New Orleans. In that NO game, Houston was led by Rob Gray with 23 points.
Gray leads the way in scoring for the Cougars right now, with 23.6 PPG and 4.6 APG to his credit. The only other players in double-figures for Houston are Wes VanBeck (13.2 PPG; 4.0 RPG) and Devin Davis (10.3 PPG; 7.3 RPG).
Arkansas is 5-0 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference games. The Razorbacks are also 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight overall.
Meanwhile, the Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Houston is also 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Arkansas hung around reasonably well against the Tar Heels, but in the end it was a nine-point loss and a missed opportunity. The Razorbacks took out their frustrations on UConn, though, winning 102-67. Houston hasn’t shown me enough dominance lately to trust them for a cover right now, so I’m taking Arkansas here.