The Arkansas Razorbacks (5-2) will be at home in Bud Walton Arena when they clash against the Colorado State Rams (4-2). Arkansas is a 16.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 155.5 points. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
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The last time the Rams played, they defeated the Colorado Buffaloes, 72-63. With 16 points and seven rebounds, Colorado State’s J.D. Paige had a good game. Colorado State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.389 (above their season average of 0.261) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.1 (above their season average of 35.2). For those same stats, Colorado was 0.115 and 21.4, respectively.
The Razorbacks are hoping for a better outcome after their 91-65 loss to the Houston Cougars in their last contest. With 13 points, Anton Beard had a solid game for Arkansas. Houston’s 0.607 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Arkansas, who had a rate of 0.400. The Cougars mark was above their season average of 0.548, while the Razorbacks was below their season average of 0.558.
Arkansas should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Dating back to last season, Arkansas ranks 43rd in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Colorado State has forced the 66th-fewest turnovers (17.4 percent). Furthermore, the Rams, who rank 46th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.287), could earn plenty of trips to the line against the Razorbacks, who rank 263rd in opponents FTA rate (0.269).
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Games involving Colorado State have gone under 60.0 percent of the time, while 57.1 percent of Arkansas games have finished over. Both teams have solid straight up (SU) records (4-2 for Colorado State; 5-2 for Arkansas), but the Razorbacks have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Arkansas is 4-3 ATS, while the Rams are 1-4.
Colorado State Rams vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Arkansas, ATS Winner – Colorado State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Rams rank 180th in three pointers attempted per game (20.9) while the Razorbacks rank 291st (18.0).
- Arkansas ranks 37th in blocks per game (4.7) while Colorado State ranks 130th (3.5).
- Colorado State averages 38.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 40th in the NCAA. Arkansas ranks 220th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
- The Razorbacks rank 131st in assists per game (14.0) while the Rams rank 301st (11.0).
- Arkansas ranks 34th in steals per game (7.6) while Colorado State ranks 171st (6.1).