Texas-Arlington Mavericks (4-5) at Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (5-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Jack Stephens Center)
The Line: Little Rock Trojans -4 -- Over/Under: 153 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The UT-Arlington Mavericks and the Little Rock Trojans meet in Sun Belt college basketball action from the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday afternoon.
The UT-Arlington Mavericks will look to bounce back after taking a 102-93 loss to Little Rock on Friday. Shahada Wells leads the Mavericks in scoring with an average of 14.8 PPG, shooting 49.5% from the field and 47.1% from 3-point range while also leading the Mavericks with 2 steals per game this season. David Azore and Sam Griffin each had 11+ PPG for UT Arlington while Fredelin De La Cruz has 10.1 PPG and a team-high 7.2 RPG as UT-Arlington’s 4th and final double-digit scorer heading into Saturday’s action. Nicolas Elame is also averaging 7.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG and a team-high 3.1 APG on the year. As a team, UT-Arlington is averaging 83.7 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35.6% from 3-point range and 71.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.3 PPG on 41.7% shooting from the field and 34.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Little Rock Trojans will look to build on their excellent offensive display on Friday to try to sweep the Mavericks and improve on their 5-3 record this season. Markquis Nowell leads Little Rock in scoring and assists with an average of 17 PPG and 8.9 APG this season while Nikola Maric is 2nd in scoring and assists with 15.4 PPG and 6.6 RPG this season and Ruot Monyyong is 3rd in scoring and tops in rebounding with an average of 12 PPG and 8.8 RPG this season. Marko Lupic and Ben Coupet Jr. are also close to joining the fray of double-digit scorers for Little Rock, logging 9+ PPG so far this season. As a team, Little Rock is averaging 79.4 PPG on 51.6% shooting from the field, 36.8% from 3-point range and 71% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75 PPG on 46% shooting from the field and 31.1% from 3-point range this season.
UT-Arlington is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a loss while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games. Little Rock is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 9-1 in their last 10 games as a home favorite. The home team is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I think you could make a case for either side here, as it’s hard to beat the same team in back to back games on consecutive days, but Little Rock just looked really good in the first leg of the double-header. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. We saw 195 points on Friday and I can only imagine that even less defense will be played with tired legs on the floor. It’s a lean, but I’ll take the over here.