Wright State,Arkansas Little Rock,NCAAB Best Bets
12/12/2008 8:00:00 PM
Arkansas-LR is a veteran squad that is averaging 72 points per game. Conversely, the visitors from Wright State are youthful and struggling offensively. Lay the points.
The Stephens Center will be the site of tonight’s clash between the host Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans and the visiting Wright State Raiders.
The Raiders were not expected to be a scoring machine this season, but averaging only 55 points a game so far is certainly not what they had envisioned at the start of the 2008 campaign. They are averaging those 55 points against teams that would normally allow 65.6 points per game. With more than a 10 point differential it will be difficult for the Raiders to win many games this season if they don’t improve offensively.
The loss of guard Vaughn Duggins, who will be out until after the first of the year with an injury to his finger, has created problems on the offensive end of the floor. His counter-part in the backcourt Brown has struggled hitting a little over 20 percent from the field so far this season.
Arkansas-LR is averaging 72 points per game at home this year, and they are undefeated at home with a record of 3-0 straight up. They are 6-1 overall and are coming into tonight’s game off a win on the road at Oral Roberts back on Monday. The Trojans are averaging those 72 points per game against teams that only allow 67.4 points per game. Defensively the Trojans allow 61 points per game versus teams that usually score 64.6 points per game.
The Trojans returned all five starters from last season and have really been surprised by the outstanding play of G Mouzy, who is leading the team with 14 points per game. Their experience and the Raiders lack thereof will be the difference here tonight.
We will lay the chalk with the Trojans as they continue their outstanding play at home and also cash the winning ticket on the hardwood tonight.
PROJECTED FINAL SCORE: Arkansas LR 66 Wright State 49
Free Pick: Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans -8½ (-110)