Texas-Arlington vs. North Texas - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Texas Mean Green (4-4) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm (College Park Center)
The Line: Texas-Arlington Mavericks -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Texas Mean Green and the UT-Arlington Mavericks face off in a non-conference college basketball matchup on Saturday night.
The North Texas Mean Green will try to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first 8 games of the season, sitting at 4-4 with an 82-72 loss to Oklahoma last time out. Roosevelt Smart led the team with 15 points consisting of 5 threes, while A.J. Lawson came 2nd with 14 points with a team-high 7 rebounds along with 6 assists. Jorden Duffy added 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes, while Shane Temara added 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 triples and 7 rebounds of his own. Ryan Woolridge also contributed 9 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists and a pair of steals in the losing effort for North Texas. Smart leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game, while Lawson is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.4 rebounds per game and Woolridge leads the way in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, North Texas is scoring 78.9 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the arc and 68% from the foul line this season.
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The UT-Arlington Mavericks will try to build some steam after 4 straight wins to climb to 6-2 this season following a 69-49 beatdown of Rice in their last outing. Kevin Hervey led the team with 29 points on 10 of 18 shooting with 5 threes along with 11 rebounds and 3 assists for the double-double. Johnny Hamilton added 17 points on a perfect 6 for 6 from the field with 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks, joining Hervey as the only pair of Mavericks to finish in double-digit scoring in the win. Erick Neal added 5 points, along with 5 rebounds and a team-high 8 assists and 3 steals, while Kaelon Wilson added 5 assists of his own in the victory. Hervey leads the team in scoring with 23.5 points per game, while Johnny Hamilton is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.6 rebounds per game and Erick Neal is averaging a double-double per game with 12.7 points along with his team-high average of 11.3 assists per game this season. As a team, UT-Arlington is scoring 82.3 points per game on 50.1% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 75.8% from the foul line this season.
North Texas is 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 road games and 5-13 ATS in their last 18 non-conference games while the over is 12-5-1 in their last 18 games overall. UT-Arlington is 23-8 ATS in their last 31 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
North Texas performed very well, being a 30-point underdog and only losing to the high-powered Sooners by 10. However, I think the Mavericks have the kind of team that could give the Mean Green fits, and North Texas hasn’t done very well ATS on the road, while UT-Arlington is looking like they’re ready to make a run at the big dance or at the very least, going to play in some sort of postseason tournament. I think this is a game that the Mavericks come out firing and take easily, covering in the process.