The Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1) play host to the Oklahoma Sooners (3-3) on Wednesday night in Fayetteville setting the stage for an enticing non-conference matchup of power six teams. The Razorbacks come into the games on the heels of an overtime defeat to Alabama-Birmingham (70-65) while the Sooners come in without any confidence whatsoever. Oklahoma was beaten in all three games in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, including an embarrassing loss to (68-64) to Division II hosts Chaminade.
The Arkansas Razorbacks started the season 3-0 with convincing wins over Division 1 cellar-dwellers SE Missouri State, Grambling and Florida Gulf Coast. Their only step up in class came in their game against UAB and they faltered. What will aid them is the fact they are back at home and going up against an Oklahoma team who is having a host of trouble doing anything right, from defending to scoring.
The Sooners nearly lost to North Carolina Central. A late Sooner rally got the game into overtime where they marched to victory. A 30-point win over lowly Texas Southern followed before their miserable foray into Maui.
Oklahoma vs. Arkansas Spread/Odds:
Oklahoma +7.5 (-110)
Arkansas -7.5 (-110)
Arkansas vs Oklahoma College Basketball Prediction:
Spread Prediction: The Razorbacks seem to have better team chemistry and should have a lot of confidence at home. A matchup to keep an eye on is the Sooner offense against the Razorback defense. The Sooners offense ranks 201st in the country at 69.0 ppg. The Razorbacks surrender 56.2 ppg which is good for 16th. Look for the Razorback home crowd to get into a frenzy and push the Razorbacks to a convincing home victory.
Prediction = Arkansas -7.5