Auburn Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks – NCAAM January 20

Auburn (8-6, 2-4) at Arkansas (10-4, 2-4)

  • Time: 6PM PST | 8PM CST | 9PM EST
  • Location: Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AR
  • TV: SEC Network

What’s at Stake

Two teams trending in different directions as Auburn has won two in a row with the infusion of dynamic freshman point guard Sharife Cooper into it’s attack. Arkansas has lost four out of it’s last five with three double digit losses in those four.

Tigers-Razorbacks Series

Arkansas leads the series, 34-20, but Auburn has won four of the last seven and three out of the last five. In the earlier meeting, JD Notae scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half as five Razorbacks scored in double figures for a 97-85 win. Desi Sills had 23 points for Arkansas while Jalen Johnson led the Tigers with 21.

Vs. The Spread

Auburn:

  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Tigers’ last 10 games
  • The Tigers are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games
  • The total has gone OVER in the last 5 Tigers-Razorbacks encounters

Arkansas:

  • The OVER has been the play in 7 of the Razorbacks’ last 9 games
  • The total has also gone OVER in 17 of Arkansas’ last 20 games vs. SEC opposition
  • The Hogs are 12-1 SU in their last 13 home games

Last Time Out

Allen Flanigan scored 21 points as he and freshman J.T. Thor made two free throws each in the last 18 seconds to allow Auburn to beat Kentucky for the fourth consecutive year, 66-59. Devin Cambridge scored five of his 13 points in a 9-0 Tigers run midway through the first half that gave them the momentum for good. Sharife Cooper added 11 points and right assists.

Freshman Moses Moody scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but Arkansas fell behind early an never recovered in a 90-59 loss to streaking Alabama. The Razorbacks shot just 33.3 percent from the field while committing 18 turnovers.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Auburn +6 (-105) +215 O 161 (-110)
Arkansas -6 (-115) -265 U 161 (-110)

Tigers Stat Pack

  • Sharife Cooper literally hit the ground running after finally getting his NCAA waiver as he averaged 27 ppg. in his first two contests. He has either scored or assisted on 129 of Auburn’s 251 points in those three games.
  • Allen Flanigan has improved his scoring average from 3.2 points a year ago to 14.3 this season.
  • Devin Cambridge has reached double figures in all three of his games since coming off the bench as he is averaging 12 ppg. over those three outings.

Tigers Grease Board

Auburn Tigers LogoWatching how Arkansas reacts to Sharife Cooper (21.7 ppg, 9.7 apg) will be interesting as he wasn’t around for the first game. Allen Flanigan (14.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg) has started to perk over the last three games as he has averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game in those. He is an Arkansas native and always looks forward to matchups with the Razorbacks. Freshman JT Thor (8.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg) has also hit second gear as well with 10.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over those three. Cutting down the turnovers will be a factor for the Tigers as they averaged 17.2 turnovers per game. Arkansas was disruptive in the first meeting as they caused 18 turnovers and scored 27 points off those. Defending the Razorbacks’ three-ball is imperative as Arkansas averages 9.1 makes per game while Auburn allows only 6.8. Six Razorbacks are in double figures with Moody and JD Notae (15.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg) checking in at 28 each. Sharp-shooter Justin Powell is out for the fifth game in a row as he is still in concussion protocol.

Razorbacks Stat Pack

  • Moses Moody (17.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) is only one of five players in the SEC to average at least 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
  • The Razorbacks rank 16th in the NCAA and second in the SEC with 225 made free throws and 21st in the NCAA and first in the SEC with 304 free throw attempts.
  • Last season, Arkansas was 342nd in the NCAA in rebound margin at (-6.8) and this year, they have flipped the script at (+6.7), 40th in the NCAA.

Razorbacks Grease Board

Arkansas Razorbacks LogoThe Razorbacks place five players in double figures led by Moody’s 17.7 per game. Speed and tempo will not be a problem in this game as the Hogs are 24th in the country with an average possession length of 15.3 seconds while we factor in Auburn at 16.4 (101st), but 15.9 in SEC games. Making and defending the three will be a key storyline for Arkansas as well as Auburn makes 8.4 per game while the Razorbacks allow 7.3. Arkansas has averaged only 34.8 percent from the field in the last two losses to LSU and Alabama while making only 12-of-48 triples.

Winner: Auburn (+6) 83, Arkansas 78
Over-Under: Take OVER 161

The Bets
Auburn Tigers +6
-105
OVER 161
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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