Arkansas plays Illinois in first round of NCAA
The Arkansas Razorbacks play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the Illinois Fighting Illini . The teams match up Thursday for the first time this season. Arkansas is 8-10 against the SEC, and Illinois is 11-9 against the Big Ten.
Illinois Fighting Illini (20-12, 11-9 Big Ten) vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (20- 13, 8-10 SEC) Des Moines, Iowa; Thursday, 4:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Arkansas -2; over/ under is 143.5
BOTTOM LINE: The Arkansas Razorbacks play in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament against the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The Razorbacks are 8-10 against SEC opponents and 12-3 in non-conference play. Arkansas scores 74.4 points while outscoring opponents by 7.0 points per game.
The Fighting Illini are 11-9 in Big Ten play. Illinois ranks third in the Big Ten scoring 34.4 points per game in the paint led by Dain Dainja averaging 7.6.
TOP PERFORMERS: Davonte Davis is shooting 34.4% from beyond the arc with 1.3 made 3-pointers per game for the Razorbacks, while averaging 10.5 points. Anthony Black is averaging 13.7 points, 4.4 assists and 2.5 steals over the last 10 games for Arkansas.
Terrence Shannon Jr. is averaging 17.1 points for the Fighting Illini. Matthew Mayer is averaging 15.8 points over the last 10 games for Illinois.
LAST 10 GAMES: Razorbacks: 4-6, averaging 74.5 points, 30.4 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 8.2 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 72.4 points per game.
Fighting Illini: 4-6, averaging 73.9 points, 34.0 rebounds, 10.2 assists, 6.1 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 75.0 points.