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Pick on the Spread for Abilene Christian-Arkansas on December 21

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Thursday’s college basketball matchup between the Abilene Christian Wildcats and Arkansas Razorbacks

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The Arkansas Razorbacks have had a non-conference schedule that has had plenty of ups and downs en route to their current 7-4 record and will look to improve that mark on Thursday when they host the Abilene Christian Wildcats.

Abilene Christian Wildcats vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (-16, 151.5)

Abilene Christian already has a power conference road win on the ledger, opening up the season with a win at Oklahoma State and will look to keep Arkansas off guard with a unique style built on depth and turnovers.

Of the top seven scorers on Abilene Christian’s roster, six generate more than one steal per game on a defense that ranks 22nd in the nation in turnovers forced on a per possession basis and faces an Arkansas unit that has had a tough time finding a main floor general.

While Arkansas hasn’t committed a ton of turnovers this season, ranking 130th out of 362 Division I teams in turnovers per possession, the team is 250th nationally in percentage of possessions the end in an assist and do not have a player that is averaging more than 2.6 assists per game.

Despite Abilene Christian putting so much effort into generating turnovers, they have the outside shooting advantage on both offense and defense. Arkansas is allowing opponents to shoot 35.1% from 3-point range in home games this season, which ranks 251st out of the 350 Division I teams that entered Wednesday having played at least one game at home this season.

Of Abilene Christian’s top four scorers that have made at least one 3-point shot this season, all four are shooting at least 34.4% from 3-point range while the Wildcats are allowing opponents to make just 32% of their 3’s in games played away from home, which ranks 111th nationally.

With all the transfers that have entered the program for Arkansas, the team is not a finished product, entering Wednesday 155th in points allowed per possession on defense and 104th in points scored per possession on offense.

With both more on the roster and a style that few teams play, Abilene Christian will go to Fayetteville and give Arkansas more than they bargained for on Thursday.

The Play: Abilene Christian +16