NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Mean Green underdogs vs Trojans at Arkansas-Little Rock
North Texas Mean Green vs Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Odds
The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the North Texas Mean Green at Stephens Center on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.
The Trojans sit at 9-8 (7-8 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Mean Green are currently 6-10 (4-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Arkansas-Little Rock is 7-1-1 OU, and North Texas is 5-3 OU.
The Trojans were listed as 2.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 145-rated Trojans and the No. 233-ranked Mean Green, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 70-67 result in favor of the Trojans.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arkansas-Little Rock's No. 172-ranked offense, averaging 68.1 PPG, against a Mean Green defense that ranks No. 227 at 68.9 PPG. The Trojans field goal percentage has averaged 42.5% so far, more than the Mean Green marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.6% per game.
Defensively, North Texas features the nation's No. 177-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.3 points per game. Arkansas-Little Rock, meanwhile, comes in at No. 145 nationally in scoring at home.
North Texas lost its last outing, an 81-68 result against Louisiana-Monroe on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. North Texas suffered an 81-68 loss against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, getting 16 points from Jordan Williams in a losing effort at The Super Pit.
Arkansas-Little Rock was a 67-64 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Troy. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Arkansas-Little Rock suffered a 67-64 loss against Troy on Saturday, getting 14 points from Will Neighbour in a losing effort at Trojan Arena.
North Texas Mean Green Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing South Alabama are 6-4
After playing Louisiana-Monroe are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Florida International are 7-3
After playing Troy are 6-3
After a loss are 7-3
A few Mean Green at Trojans trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Texas's last 6 games when playing on the road against Arkansas-Little R
North Texas is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arkansas-Little R
North Texas is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Arkansas-Little R
North Texas is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Arkansas-Little Rock is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arkansas-Little Rock's last 6 games when playing at home against North Texas
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Arkansas-Little Rock's last 12 games when playing North Texas
Arkansas-Little Rock is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing North Texas
North Texas home to South Alabama, Saturday, January 12
Arkansas-Little Rock home to Florida International, Saturday, January 12