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#657 Tulsa 142 vs.
#658 UT Arlington -1.5
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a non-conference matchup between a pair of mid-major teams when the AAC locks up with the Sun Belt down in the Lone Star State. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane is on the road as they take on the UT Arlington Mavericks Saturday night. Tulsa defeated Houston Baptist 80-72 at home in their season opener Tuesday night. UT Arlington rolled over Division III UT-Dallas 84-50 at home in their season opening contest Tuesday night. The Golden Hurricane own a 3-0 edge in the all-time series between the schools, including a 72-58 home victory in the most recent meeting on November 27, 2018.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Look to Pick Up Road Victory

Tulsa had a tougher time than expected with Houston Baptist at home in their season opener but did enough to come up with the victory on Tuesday night. The Golden Hurricane is going to have to put together a more complete performance on the road here if they hope to extend their record to 2-0 on the year. Tulsa was up only three at the half thanks to a 13-2 run to close the opening half. In the second half, the Golden Hurricane got back to playing their style and it helped them prevail in the contest. Tulsa shot 45.2 percent from the field, including three of 14 from three-point range, in the game. The Golden Hurricane did drain 21 of 27 at the free throw line and forced 16 turnovers in the contest.

Jeriah Horne led the Golden Hurricane with 22 points in the victory, hitting eight of 16 from the floor. Martins Igbanu finished with 16 points plus five rebounds with as many points from the line (eight) as he had from the floor. Brandon Rachal was the third player in double figures for Tulsa with 12 in the contest. Darien Jackson (five steals) added nine points and Isaiah Hill contributed eight off the bench in the victory.

UT Arlington Mavericks Try to Improve to 2-0 on Season

UT Arlington cruised past an overmatched UT-Dallas program in their season opener to get the season off on a positive note. The Mavericks jumped to a 9-0 lead as they kept the Comets scoreless for the first 4:14 of the contest en route to the victory. UT Arlington was up 15-2 in the early going and didn’t see their lead drop below seven the rest of the way. The Mavericks were up 16 points at the half and led by as many as 36 in the game, with that coming in the final minute. UT Arlington shot 49.2 percent from the floor in the contest, including 15 of 37 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 45-39. The Mavericks held the Comets to 30.8 percent from the floor in the contest.

Tiandre Jackson-Young led the Roadrunners with 19 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Jordan Phillips contributed 17 points plus five rebounds while Sam Griffin had 12 points coming off the pine as well. Radshad Davis had eight points and five rebounds in nine minutes while David Azore along with Patrick Mwamba each contributed seven points for UT Arlington in the game. All told, 13 players took the floor for the Roadrunners in the contest and logged at least seven minutes with 10 getting on the scoresheet.

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UT Arlington put together a complete showing as they shut down UT-Dallas in the season opener. Tulsa has some veteran pieces that bring leadership to the team in Horne and Igbanu but the team struggled to pull away from Houston Baptist in their opener. Trailing by eight late in the first half is not what Frank Haith drew up for his team in the opener. The Golden Hurricane now has to go on the road and take on a UT Arlington team that isn’t going to be a pushover. We know that the Mavericks are looking to build off last season’s 17-16 record in a transition year. Playing at home, UT Arlington is always tough and they have the pieces to keep Tulsa in check. Look for the Mavericks to prevail at home to get the win.

Prediction: UT Arlington Mavericks -1.5

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UT Arlington had success in their opener as they try to build off last season's transition year that saw them get to the Sun Belt tournament final. The Mavericks look to maintain that success here as they face a Tulsa team that has to be better than they were in the opener. In that game, the Golden Hurricane saw Houston Baptist control most of the opening half in the contest before they got things together. That sort of play won't fly against a team like UT Arlington, who is capable of adapting their style depending on the opponent. Can the Golden Hurricane regroup and take control in the game?

The over is 4-1 in the Golden Hurricane's last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 16-5-1 in their last 22 after an ATS loss. UT Arlington has seen the over go 6-1 in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points, 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-1 in their last five on Saturday. Look for this one to be a bit of a track meet that pushes the game over the number.

Prediction: Over 142
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.