Texas-Arlington Mavericks (4-4) at Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (4-3)
College Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Jack Stephens Center)
The Line: Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans -5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UT-Arlington Mavericks and the Little Rock Trojans meet in Sun Belt conference college basketball action from the Jack Stephens Center on Friday evening.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will look to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 117-53 win over Hawaii Pacific last time out. Shahada Wells led the Mavericks with 16 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 threes while Grayson Carter added 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes and 3 assists. David Azore, Sam Griffin and McKade Marquis each had 12 points with Azore shooting 5 of 6 with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals while Marquis drilled 4 threes and Griffin shot 5 of 11 with a pair of triples. Brandyn Talbot and Lazaro Rojas each had 11 points with Talbot adding 3 threes and 8 rebounds while Rojas shot a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor with 7 rebounds. Jordan Phillips added 10 points with 4 assists to cap off the scoring in double figures for UT-Arlington in the win while Nicolas Elame added a team-high 9 rebounds with 4 assists, Davis Steelman added 8 rebounds and Fredelin De La Cruz had 7 points to match his 7 rebounds in the win. Wells leads the Mavericks in scoring with 14.6 points per game while De La Cruz leads UT-Arlington in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game and Elame leads the Mavericks in assists with 3.3 helpers per game this season. As a team, UT-Arlington is averaging 82.5 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range and 68% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.5 points on 38.8% shooting from the field and 32.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Little Rock Trojans will look to rebound after an 85-77 loss to Missouri State in their last outing. Markquis Nowell led the Trojans with 18 points along with 3 threes and a team-high 7 assists while Ruot Monyyong had 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 5 rebounds and Isaiah Palermo added 14 points with 3 assists. Nikola Maric added 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures for Little Rock in the losing effort. Nowell leads Little Rock in scoring and assists with an average of 17 points and 8.9 assists per game while Monyyong leads the Trojans in rebounding with 8.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Little Rock is averaging 76.1 points on 49.2% shooting from the field, 33.6% from 3-point range and 68.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.4 points on 45.8% shooting from the field and 29.6% from 3-point range this season.
UT-Arlington is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Little Rock is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. The home team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not reading a ton into the Mavericks current winning streak as the three games were all unlined against subdivision teams. However, while the Mavericks are 0-3 ATS on the road, they’re 2-1 ATS, meaning like this spot, they were getting points in all of those games and covered against far better than what they’re facing in Little Rock. The Trojans have played up in their schedule as well, but have just one cover this season and are 0-4 ATS as a favorite this year. I’m hard pressed to think that the Trojans make it two here. I’ll take a shot with the Mavericks and the points in what I think is a 2-3 point game.