Abilene Christian Wildcats (7-1) at Arkansas Razorbacks (7-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -13.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Abilene Christian Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks meet in college basketball action from Bud Walton Arena on Tuesday evening.
The Abilene Christian Wildcats will look to keep their momentum going after a 7-1 start including a 95-73 win over subdivision Hardin-Simmons last time out. Joe Pleasant led the Wildcats with 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 6 rebounds while Airion Simmons added 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Kolton Kohl added 12 points in 12 minutes while Coryon Mason chipped in 10 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for ACU in the win. Reggie Miller also added 9 points with team-highs of 6 assists and 4 steals for the Wildcats in victory. Mason leads the Wildcats in scoring with an average of 9.9 points per game while Kohl is ACU’s top rebounder, averaging 4.9 rebounds per game and Miller is Abilene Christian’s leading assist man, dishing out 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Abilene Christian is averaging 74 points on 44% shooting from the field, 35.3% from 3-point range and 61.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 55.8 points on 38.8% shooting from the field and 25% from 3-point range this season.
The Arkansas Razorbacks will try to remain unbeaten after improving to 7-0 on the year with an 87-76 win over Oral Roberts last time out. Justin Smith led the Hogs with 22 points including a whopping 17 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive glass, including a pair of steals as well while Moses Moody added 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 7 rebounds. Desi Sills added 16 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double and JD Notae added 15 points with 5 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures for Arkansas in the win. Moody leads Arkansas in scoring with an average of 16.3 points per game while Connor Vanover leads the Hogs in rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per game and Jalen Tate leads Arkansas in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Arkansas is averaging 90.7 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 71.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60.1 points on 34.6% shooting from the field and 28.1% from 3-point range this season.
Abilene Christian is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Arkansas is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win.
I get Arkansas being favored at home and as a power conference team. However, Arkansas doesn’t really have a signature win or even a signature performance up to this point in the year. Abilene Christian has wins over Austin Peay and East Tennessee State and a narrow 7-point loss to Texas Tech just a couple of weeks ago. Abilene Christian is flying under the radar right now and going to be a team to keep our eyes on come March. I’ll take Abilene Christian and the points in this one.