The Connecticut Huskies (4-1) and the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-1) clash in the Phil Knight Invitational – Victory at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Connecticut Huskies Free Preview
In the Razorbacks last contest, they got blown out by the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels, 87-68. Arkansas Jaylen Barford put together a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting. North Carolina did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (17-21; 81.0 percent). Arkansas, meanwhile, forced the Tar Heels into a turnover percentage of 16.2 (above their season average of 12.9).
The Huskies are trying to rebound after their 77-57 loss to the No. 4 Michigan State Spartans in their last contest. With 18 points and seven rebounds, Terry Larrier had a good game for Connecticut. Michigan State had a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 19.7). Connecticut, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (10-11; 90.9 percent).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Connecticut should have a significant edge. Dating back to last season, the Huskies defense ranks 21st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.461), while the Arkansas offense ranks 141st in effective field goal percentage (0.517). The Razorbacks should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 37th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while the Huskies have forced the 32nd-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents turnover percentage of 16.5 percent).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Games including Arkansas have finished over 60.0 percent of the time, while Connecticut games have finished under 100.0 percent of the time. Both teams have outstanding straight up (SU) records (4-1 for Arkansas; 4-1 for Connecticut), but the Razorbacks have the edge against the spread (ATS). Arkansas is 3-2 ATS, while the Huskies are 1-1.
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Connecticut Huskies ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Arkansas, ATS Winner – Arkansas, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Huskies rank 239th in three pointers attempted per game (19.3) while the Razorbacks rank 296th (17.9).
- Arkansas ranks 30th in steals per game (7.7) while Connecticut ranks 274th (4.7).
- The Huskies rank 104th in rebounds per game (37.0) while the Razorbacks rank 232nd in rebounds allowed per game (36.5).
- Connecticut ranks 18th in blocks per game (5.2) while Arkansas ranks 136th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).