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#693 Tulsa vs.
#694 Arkansas
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:30pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Arizona Razorbacks. This will take place at the Bud Walton Arena.

Tulsa Will Look For Another Road Win

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have looked like an above average basketball team up to this point in the season. The Golden Hurricane have won eight of their first ten games of the season including a 13-point victory against Boise State at home in their last game. In that game, Tulsa's defense was great as it limited its opposition to just 56 points on just 38.0% from the floor. However, Tulsa has played a lot worse on the road this season as it has only won one of its first two road games. Now, Tulsa will hope that it continues playing defense at an elite level if it plans on winning its second road game of the season.

Leading the Golden Hurricane offensively is junior guard Brandon Rachal who has been solid so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game along with a team-high 7.0 rebounds. In addition, he is also shooting an impressive 56.8% from the floor so he has taken some smart shots leading up to this game.

Tulsa's most underrated player is freshman guard Isaiah Hill who has been pretty underwhelming so far this season. He is averaging 6.4 points per game along with 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds. However, he is also averaging a team-high 2.9 turnovers in just 23.7 minutes per game so he has made some extremely questionable decisions with the ball up to this point.

Tulsa's most underrated player is freshman guard Isaiah Hill who has been pretty underwhelming so far this season. He is averaging 6.4 points per game along with 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds. However, he is also averaging a team-high 2.9 turnovers in just 23.7 minutes per game so he has made some extremely questionable decisions with the ball up to this point.

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Arkansas has been an elite team at home up to this point and I think that Tulsa will struggle in such a hostile environment. Arkansas has the better offense and the better defense in this game as well so I think that it should be able cover this spread at home on Saturday. In addition, Arkansas has not played in a week so I think that it will use the added preparation time to its advantage as the Razorbacks will come out well-prepared and well-rested for this matchup. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Arkansas

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Both of these teams have been playing elite defense up to this point in the season so I have to take the under. Neither of these teams is allowing more than 60.9 points per game so I think that the total is way too high for this matchup. This game should turn into a defensive slugfest as both teams will struggle to score on virtually every offensive possession for the full 40 minutes. This game should land somewhere in the 120s so I have to take the under.

Prediction: Under

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Arkansas has won all seven of its home games this season and I expect the Razorbacks to come out even more focused in the first half since they lost on the road in overtime in their last game. Arkansas has more talent and the better head coach so I think that the Razorbacks will come out with a solid gameplan in the first 20 minutes that will help them open up a decent lead that will carry over into halftime. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Arkansas 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.