Moses Moody continues to lead this team and he is a huge reason why Arkansas finished the regular season seventh in points per game and 28th in offensive rebounding.
After plenty of upsets through the first few rounds of the tournament, the field has been whittled down with two of the highest seeds meeting in the Elite 8 on Monday. The No. 1 Baylor Bears have cruised to this point with three double-digit wins, while the No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks barely scraped by with two-point wins in their last two games. Could the Razorbacks finally be the team to make the Bears sweat?
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Baylor Bears NCAA Tournament Point Spread and Betting
The NCAA Tournament hits another gear in the Elite 8 and it’s essentially anyone’s tournament from this point. Despite Baylor opening as 7-point favourites to win, early Sports Interaction bettors are split down the middle on which team to back, although 88 per cent of the public is banking on the over/under falling short of the 149 total. This could be due to Arkansas’ streak of five straight games failing to reach the total. It’s worth keeping in mind that Baylor’s hit the number in 12 of their last 15. Also worth noting, the Razorbacks have covered in 10 of their last 13 games.
(3) Arkansas Razorbacks
Despite another terrible performance from the field, Arkansas edged out the Cinderella Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 72-70 in the Sweet 16. The Razorbacks shot 37.7 per cent from the field against Oral Roberts and are shooting just 23.8 per cent from beyond the arc in the tournament. Moses Moody continues to lead this team and he is a huge reason why they finished the regular season seventh in points per game and 28th in offensive rebounding. Moody is averaging 17.1 points per game and finished with 14 points and six rebounds against Oral Roberts. Jalen Tate, however, was the hero in that game. The senior forward finished with a team-high 22 points, to go along with four rebounds and six assists. If Arkansas wants a chance to get to the Final Four, they’re going to need to drastically improve their 3-point shooting and win a shootout.
(1) Baylor Bears
It looked like Baylor might be in trouble in the Sweet 16. They struggled to make shots and trailed Villanova by seven points in the second half. Their scorers eventually woke up though, and led them to a 62-51 win. Defence has been a big part of the Bears’ game plan. They’re creating an average of 18 turnovers per game in the tournament and they were able to hold Villanova to less than 18 per cent shooting from beyond the arc. Potential NBA draft pick Jared Butler is averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game, but he only finished with nine points in the Sweet 16. It was a rare showing for Butler and he’ll likely be back to normal for this game. Even if he isn’t, his supporting cast of MaCio Teague, Davion Mitchell and Adam Flagler is strong enough to get Baylor through to the Final Four. Baylor is just too offensively balanced to lose this game.