Arkansas vs Oral Roberts March Madness Odds — Sweet 16 2021

Written By Staff on March 22, 2021 - Last Updated on March 25, 2021

A Sweet 16 matchup features the No. 3 seed Arkansas Razorbacks (22-6) and the No. 15 seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (16-10) meeting with a ticket to the South Region bracket final on the line on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Arkansas is a  favorite in the NCAA Tournament contest, which begins at 7:25 PM ET.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 22, 2021, 2:10 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Arkansas vs. Oral Roberts Game Matchup

We have to start here for the Cinderella 15-seed Oral Roberts. No 15-seed has ever reached the Elite 8, and only one other has even made it to the Sweet 16 (Florida Gulf Coast).

So how can the Golden Eagles keep it close against the Razorbacks? Get hot from outside the arc and get to the free throw line. Oral Roberts is a top-15 three-point shooting team in college basketball, averaging better than 38 percent. ORU shot below that clip in the first two rounds but still eclipsed 30 percent. Guards Max Abmas (pronounced ACE-mus) and Kareem Thompson along with forward Kevin Obanor all shoot 40 percent from beyond the arc. Arkansas ranks only 150th in three-point percentage defense. Oral Roberts also leads the nation in free throw percentage at 82.4 percent.

Arkansas has significant advantages almost everywhere else. Oral Roberts is a terrible offensive rebounding team. The Hogs are above average in that area and have a height advantage in this game. The Golden Eagles struggle to defend the three-point shot. The Razorbacks have three starters all shooting 33 percent or better from outside.

One thing we know for certain: expect a high-scoring game. Both of these teams like to run. Oral Roberts ranks 40th in possessions per game. Arkansas ranks 12th.

Arkansas Betting Information

  • Arkansas has put together a 20-9 record against the spread this season.
  • The Razorbacks have a winning record against the spread when favored by 11 points or more, going 4-3 this season.
  • Arkansas and its opponents have hit the over in 15 of 29 games this season (51.7%).
  • In their last game, the Razorbacks got a team-high 20 points from Justin Smith on the way to a 68-66 victory against Texas Tech on Sunday. They covered the spread as 2-point underdogs, and the teams combined to score 134 points to go under the 140.5 point total.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Arkansas Players to Watch

Moses Moody 30 17.1 5.8 1.6 1.0 0.6 1.9
Justin Smith 26 13.9 7.1 1.7 1.2 0.7 0.2
JD Notae 30 13.1 3.2 2.0 1.5 0.3 1.8
Jalen Tate 30 10.5 3.8 3.8 1.1 0.4 0.8
Davonte Davis 28 8.0 4.3 2.1 1.2 0.1 0.1
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Oral Roberts Betting Information

  • Oral Roberts has topped the spread so far this season with a record ATS of 16-9.
  • The Golden Eagles only hold a 0-1 record against the spread this season when they play as at least an 11-point underdog.
  • 17 of the Golden Eagles 25 games (68%) this season have gone over the over/under.
  • The Golden Eagles took down Florida 81-78 in their last contest on Sunday. Kevin Obanor totaled a team-high 28 points to lead the team to the victory. They covered the spread as 9-point underdogs, and the teams combined to go over the 149.5 point total.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Oral Roberts Players to Watch

Max Abmas 27 24.6 3.3 3.9 1.5 0.2 3.6
Kevin Obanor 27 19.0 9.6 1.1 0.6 0.7 2.0
RJ Glasper 18 11.0 3.1 1.9 0.8 0.0 1.4
Kareem Thompson 28 8.5 3.6 1.8 1.0 0.5 1.3
DeShang Weaver 28 6.2 2.6 0.4 0.3 0.7 1.2

Total Facts

  • In Arkansas’ matchups this season, the Razorbacks and their opponents have eclipsed Saturday’s over/under of 159.5 points 11 times (36.7% of opportunities).
  • 14 Oral Roberts games this year (50% of its matchups) finished with a final score higher than Saturday’s over/under of 159.5 points.
  • The total for the contest of 159.5 is 4.0 points fewer than the combined points per game averages for the Razorbacks (82 points per game) and the Golden Eagles (81.5 points per game).
  • This matchup’s point total is 13.4 more points than the 146.1 these two teams combine to give up per game in 2020-21.
  • On average, the over/under in Razorbacks games is 7.1 points fewer than the over/under of 159.5 points in this matchup.
  • The over/under for this matchup is 2.3 points more than the average over/under in Golden Eagles games this season (157.2 points).

Head to Head

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
12/20/2020 Arkansas Arkansas -19.5 154 -3480 +1315 Regular Season 87-76 ARK

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