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#699 Arkansas State 130 vs.
#700 Tulsa -12.5
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 3:00pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes host the Arkansas State Red Wolves Saturday in college basketball action. The Golden Hurricanes are off to a 7-1 start while the Red Wolves are 6-2. These two teams haven't played since 2007 when Tulsa won. Tipoff is Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Arkansas State beats Omaha

The Arkansas State Red Wolves improved to 6-2 with a 78-73 win over Omaha earlier this week. It wasn't easy as they had to overcome a 13-point deficit. Jerry Johnson led Arkansas State with 22 points off the bench. Johnson was five of 6 from three-point range. The Wolves made 22 of 26 free throws and that proved to the difference.Caleb Fields had 16 points and converted 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. Canberk Kus added 10 points. Antwon Jackson had 8 points and 7 boards.

“Hats off to Omaha,” head coachMike Balado said., reported Arkansas State basketball. They have some good players and it was a good win for us. I thought our guys kept their composure. We didn’t shoot the ball very well in the first half and we made some adjustments in the second half and shot 56 percent. We passed the ball well and I was very happy with our win.”

Tulsa wins 6th straight

The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes improved to 7-1 with an easy 72-39 romp over Arkansas Pine Bluff. It was their 6th straight win. The outcome here was never in doubt as the Canes jumped out to a 30-16 halftime lead and cruised from there. Jeriah Horne scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He made 4-of-5 from three-point range and had 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Brandon Rachal added 10 points, 6 rebounds for the Golden Hurricanes. He also had 4 steals.Tulsa shot 46-percent from the field and 47-percent from 3-point range. They were also a sparkling 83 percent from the free throw line. Pine Bluff only shot 32 percent against them. The defense forced 24 Pine Bluff turnovers.

"I thought defensively we were outstanding. If you look at our numbers defensively they were really, really good," said Tulsa head coachFrank Haith, reported Tulsa basketball. "I thought we were locked in. We had way too many turnovers, but if we cut some of those turnovers down, we'd probably hold them to the low 30s. We had some live ball turnovers that they turned into points."

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Take the Golden Hurricanes in this one. This is a bit of a mismatch. While their records are pretty similar, Tulsa is the better basketball team. They have won 6 straight and have some impressive wins, including a 67-58 win at Vanderbilt. The Red Wolves have decent wins over Colorado State and Idaho, but got buried by Mississippi and Duke-killer Stephen F Austin. Tulsa is ranked No. 108 in the KenPom power rankings while Arkansas State is ranked No. 265. Tulsa, playing at home, will have no trouble covering the spread here,

Prediction: Tulsa

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Take the under here. Arkansas State has struggled to score points against the better teams on its schedule. They scored just 57 versus Stephen F Austin and 43 against Mississippi State. Tulsa  is a top notch defense team. They forced 24 turnovers in their last game and they will make life tough for the Red Wolves. They have allowed more than 70 points in a game only once this year. they rank 223rd in pace of play, which means they like to slow it down and win with defense. So I'm all over the under here.

Prediction: Under
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Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.