The Arkansas Razorbacks and Auburn Tigers meet Thursday in the college basketball SEC Tournament Second Round at the Bridgestone Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Arkansas Razorbacks are averaging 74.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Ricky Council IV is averaging 16.5 points and 3.4 rebounds, while Nick Smith Jr. is averaging 13.8 points and 1.8 assists. Anthony Black is the third double-digit scorer and Trevon Brazile is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Arkansas Razorbacks are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Arkansas Razorbacks are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game.
The Auburn Tigers are averaging 72.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.8 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Johni Broome is averaging 14 points and 1.4 assists, while Wendell Green Jr. is averaging 13.9 points and 3.4 rebounds. Jaylin Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Allen Flanigan is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game.
The Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The over is 4-1 in Razorbacks last 5 overall. The over is 7-2 in Tigers last 9 games following a ATS win.
The Auburn Tigers beat up on Arkansas at home this season, but they enter the tournament in shaky form, which includes losing their last 5 games by an average of 5.2 points. The Arkansas Razorbacks are probably the more balanced team, and they're a feisty bunch that loses as underdogs by an average of 3.3 points. Give me Arkansas in this near pick em spot.