Little Rock Trojans (2-0) at Nevada Wolf Pack (2-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm (Lawlor Events Center)
The Line: Nevada Wolf Pack -27.5 -- Over/Under: 150 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Little Rock Trojans will travel to the Lawlor Events Center to take on the 6th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Little Rock Trojans improved to 2-0 on the young season after defeating the Tennessee State Tigers, 83-67, this past Tuesday. Little Rock went into halftime with a slim 31-30 lead however, was outstanding on the offensive end in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 13-0 Trojans run gave Little Rock a 68-45 lead with 10:11 left in regulation. Little Rock shot 56.9% from the field while holding the Tigers to 39.3% shooting from the field and 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Little Rock outrebounded Tennessee State by a 38-30 margin and forced the Tigers into committing 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Trojans was Rayjon Tucker who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Little Rock is averaging 92.0 ppg on 56.3% shooting from the field. The Trojans are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Little Rock has been led by Markquis Nowell (19.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Kris Bankston (16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 spg, 2.5 bpg), Rayjon Tucker (14.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Jaizec Lottie (12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg). Defensively, Little Rock is allowing their opponents to average 79.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Trojans have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The 6th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack remained undefeated on the season, improving to 2-0 on the year, after defeating the Pacific Tigers, 83-61, this past Friday night. Nevada was outstanding from beyond the arc and had no trouble pulling away from the Tigers after taking a 66-45 lead with 8:36 left in regulation. Nevada shot 44.6% from the field and 48.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Wolf Pack outrebounded Pacific by a 41-35 margin and committed just 7 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Wolf Pack was Caleb Martin who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, Nevada is averaging 84.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Wolf Pack are averaging 11.5 three-pointers per game on 39.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Nevada has been led by Caleb Martin (21.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Jordan Caroline (20.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Tre’Shawn Thurman (9.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.5 bpg), and Cody Martin (5.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 10.5 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Nevada is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Trojans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 games following an ATS win.
Little Rock has had a nice start to their season but let’s not get carried away with the Trojans as this is a team that won just 7 games last year and returned just 4 players from last year’s squad. Nevada is one of the most talented and experienced teams in the country led by Jordan Caroline and the Smith twins and are solid in pretty much every aspect of the game. Little Rock doesn’t have much size in the front-court and although this is a huge number, I think Nevada rolls in this one and wins this by 30. Take Nevada to cover.