Arkansas at Indiana
|Date & Time||Saturday March 23, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Assembly Hall (Indiana)
Indiana Hoosiers -6 -- Over/Under: 149
The 5-seed Arkansas Razorbacks and 1-seed Indiana Hoosiers will square off at Assembly Hall (Indiana) this Saturday afternoon in the 2nd round of the NIT.
The 5-seed Arkansas Razorbacks (18-15) was able to keep their season alive after defeating the 4-seed Providence Friars, 84-72, this past Tuesday. Arkansas was outstanding on the offensive end agianst the Friars on the road and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 42-31 lead. Arkansas shot 50.9% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Razorbacks was Mason Jones who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in 26 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Arkansas is averaging 75.7 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arkansas has been led by Daniel Gafford (16.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.0 bpg), Isaiah Joe (13.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Mason Jones (13.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Jalen Harris (7.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks have a rebound margin of -4.6 and a turnover margin of 3.1.
The Indiana Hoosiers (18-15) had no trouble advancing to the 2nd round of the NIT after they easily defeated the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash by an 89-72 margin on Tuesday. Indiana led by the 40-34 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 73-58 lead with 5:56 left in regulation. Indiana shot 51.5% from the field and outrebounded St. Francis by 44-38 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hoosiers was Juwan Morgan who had 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist.
On the season, Indiana is averaging 72.1 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Hoosiers are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana has been led by Romeo Langford (16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg), Juwan Morgan (15.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.5 bpg), Devonte Green (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Justin Smith (8.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg).
Defensively, Indiana is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 42.2% shooting rom the field. The Hoosiers have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Razorbacks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Big Ten opponents, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Hoosiers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Arkansas comes into this game winning 4 of their last 5 games and has been solid on the offensive end as of late as the Razorbacks have topped 80-points in 3 of their last 4 games. Indiana has a solid 14-5 record at home, however, this team has been inconsistent all season and you just don’t know if your going to get the team that beat Michigan State twice or the team that at one point lost 12 of 13 games. Assembly Hall is a tough place to play, however, as I think the Razorbacks offense will be able to keep this one close, I think the play here is to take Arkansas and the points. Good Luck!