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Houston has gotten off to a strong 7-1 start to the year against a fairly manageable schedule and this’ll be a good spot for the Cougars to potentially pick up a nonconference resume building win. Houston’s one loss this season came on the road against another SEC foe as the Cougars fell well short against LSU by a final of 65-84. Houston bounced back in their last outing getting past Prairie View at home by a final of 105-61. Houston’s numbers are a bit misleading given some of the competition they’ve faced this season, but the Cougars deserve some credit for standing 27th in the nation in scoring average and 31st in total defense. Rob Gray leads the team averaging 19.4 points per game.
The SEC doesn’t figure to get many teams in the NCAA tournament this season, but Arkansas is hoping they can be one of those squads in contention for an at-large bid. Arkansas has opened the year 6-1 overall with some nice wins coming against mid-majors like IPFW and UT Arlington. In their last outing Arkansas ran past Austin Peay beating the Governors by a final of 99-62. Arkansas loves to get out and run on the offensive side of the ball and this group currently ranks 33rd in the nation in scoring average and 173rd in total defense. Returner Dusty Hannahs leads the squad averaging 16.1 points.
This is going to be a great test for both of these squads as each team tries to pick up what will be a top 100 RPI win for their respective nonconference resumes. Houston looked really bad in their last true road test, but we like for the Cougars to bounce back as they stay competitive enough to get the cover.
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