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Arkansas favored by -18.5 against SIU Edwardsville on Friday

SIU Edwardsville CougarsArkansas Razorbacks
9-18November 08, 2013, 08:00 | Bud Walton Arena19-13

The Arkansas Razorbacks will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the SIU Edwardsville Cougars at Bud Walton Arena on Friday in NCAA hoops play.

The Cougars will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 11-12 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Razorbacks are 12-11-1 ATS. SIU Edwardsville is 10-12 against the total, while Arkansas is 9-13 versus the number.

View SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Arkansas Razorbacks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Razorbacks installed as -18.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 277-rated SIU Edwardsville taking on the No. 154-rated Razorbacks in this contest.

SIU Edwardsville was a 61-46 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Eastern Illinois. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. SIU Edwardsville suffered a 61-46 loss against Eastern Illinois on Saturday, getting 16 points from Mark Yelovich in a losing effort at Lantz Arena.

Last time out for Arkansas, they were a 75-72 loser as they battled Vanderbilt on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite. Rod Odom scored 20 points leading the Commodores to a 75-72 victory over Arkansas at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Arkansas has the nation's No. 33-rated offensive output, at 73.69 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 154 allowing on average 67.67 PPG. The Razorbacks FG% has averaged 43.47% so far, more than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.65% per game.

A few Cougars at Razorbacks trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Arkansas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Arkansas is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Arkansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arkansas's last 6 games at home

Next up:
SIU Edwardsville home to Saint Louis, Wednesday, November 13th
Arkansas at Louisiana-Lafayette, Friday, November 15th