Florida International Golden Panthers (7-1) at Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 1, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -15.5 -- Over/Under: 165.5
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The Florida International Golden Panthers will travel to Bud Walton Arena to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Florida International Golden Panthers won their 4th straight game and improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 81-80, this past Wednesday night. Florida International found themselves down by an 80-78 margin late, however, was able to pull out the victory after the Golden Panthers Brian Beard Jr. hit a game winning three-pointer with 9.1 seconds left in regulation. Florida International shot 50.0% from the field and forced Florida Gulf Coast into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Panthers was Brian Beard Jr. who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Florida International is averaging 96.9 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida International has been led by Brian Beard Jr. (22.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 7.1 apg, 3.3 spg), Devon Andrews (18.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.9 spg), Willy Nunez Jr. (11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Trejon Jacob (11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 spg).
Defensively, Florida International is allowing their opponents to average 80.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers have a rebound margin of -5.8 and a turnover margin of 8.9.
The Arkansas Razorbacks won their 4th straight game and improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 78-60, on November 23rd. Arkansas dominated UT-Arlington on the defensive end and pulled away for the victory after taking a 68-53 lead with 4:22 left in regulation. Arkansas held the Mavericks to just 32.7% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Razorbacks was Daniel Gafford who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
On the season, Arkansas is averaging 78.6 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 30.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arkansas has been led by Daniel Gafford (19.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.2 spg), Mason Jones (13.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.0 apg), Isaiah Joe (12.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.0 spg), and Adrio Bailey (11.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Arkansas is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 35.6% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 4.8.
The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win. The Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 homes games.
FIU is going to push the pace on offense and try to force turnovers on defense and although they have had a bunch of success with that formula so far this season, the Golden Panthers haven’t played anyone as near as talented as Arkansas so far this season. Arkansas has been great on the defensive end as they currently rank 78th in scoring defense and 7th in defensive FG% and as they are a tough team to play when they are at Bud Walton Arena, I’m taking Arkansas to cover this large spread.