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#613 Arkansas 139 vs.
#614 Florida -7.5
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Florida Gators. This game will take place at the Exactech Arena at approximately 7:00 P.M EST.

Arkansas Looks To Snap Losing Streak

The Arkansas Razorbacks have looked like a pretty good college basketball team up to this point in the season. The Razorbacks have won 16 of their first 25 games of the season despite losing to Mississippi State by one point at home in their last game. In that game, Arkansas' defense struggled as it allowed 78 points while allowing the opposition to shoot 58.8% from the floor. Now, the Razorbacks will be looking to get back to their winning ways with a conference road game up next. However, Arkansas has lost each of its last four games so it will be looking to snap that losing streak on Tuesday.

Leading the Razorbacks offensively is junior guardMason Jones who has looked very good so far this season as he is averaging a team-high 20.8 points per game along with 6.0 rebounds. However, he is also averaging a team-high 3.3 turnovers per game so he will need to make less mistakes moving forward.

Arkansas' most underrated player is sophomore guard Isaiah Joe who has been very underwhelming so far this season as he is averaging 16.0 points per game along with 4.3 rebounds. However, he is also shooting just 36.0% from the floor and just 34.0% from the three-point line so he been very inefficient offensively up to this point.

Florida Looks To Keep Playing Well

The Florida Gators have looked like a pretty good college basketball team so far this season. The Gators have won 16 of their first 25 games and they enter this game on a high note after beating Vanderbilt at home by 18 points in their last game. In that game, Florida's offense was amazing as it scored 84 points while shooting 50.0% from the three-point line. Now, the Gators will be looking for another home victory in this conference game on Tuesday. Luckily, Florida has won four of its last five games so it has been playing extremely well lately which bodes well for the Gators in this game.

Leading the Gators offensively is senior forwardKerry Blackshear Jr. who has looked pretty good so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 13.6 points per game along with a team-high 7.7 rebounds. However, he is also shooting just 31.3% from the three-point line so he has struggled with his shot from behind the arc up to this point.

Florida's most underrated player is sophomore guardAndrew Nembhard who has been pretty good this season as he is averaging 11.7 points per game along with a team-high 5.5 assists. In addition, he is averaging 1.1 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball up to this point.

Best Bets for this Game

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These two teams have been headed in opposite directions lately so I have to side with the hotter team for this game. Florida has won four of its last five games and it has a 9-3 record at home this season while Arkansas has lost each of its last four games so I expect to see the Razorbacks struggle once again on Tuesday. Plus, Florida is averaging roughly three more rebounds so it should be able to generate enough second-chance points in order to cover this point spread at home. As a result, I think that there is some value on the home team.

Prediction: Florida -6

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Both of these teams have been very solid defensively up to this point so I have to take the under in this game. Florida is allowing just 66.8 points per game while Arkansas is only allowing 67.2 points per game so I think that points should come at a premium in this game. Plus, Florida loves to play its offense at a very slow pace as it ranks 296th in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom Rankings so I think that this game should be played primarily in the halfcourt setting which will result in fewer possessions for both teams. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 138.5

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Florida has looked really good in conference play up to this point as it has an 8-4 record against SEC teams while Arkansas still has a losing record in conference play so I think that the Gators should be able to get out to a fast start in front of its home fans within the first 20 minutes. Arkansas has lost each of its last four games and it enters this game following a brutal one-point loss to Mississippi State so I think that the Razorbacks will come out extremely flat in the first half of this game. As a result, I think that there is some value with the home team in this spot.

Prediction: Florida 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.