Alabama is visiting Arkansas in a bi-time SEC matchup. Alabama is coming off a blowout win against Kentucky at home, while Arkansas is coming off a loss on the road against Auburn. This should be an interesting matchup because these are two of the best teams in the SEC. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Alabama vs. Arkansas Odds
Alabama and Arkansas are in a pick’em at Arkansas with both being at -110 on the money line. The over/under is also at 150.5. This being a pick’em makes sense because both of these teams are very good and it’ll be much harder for a team like Alabama to win on the road against Arkansas. The over/under makes sense because both of these teams are very good on offense. This spread could move before tip-off to either team because it’s so close, so keep an eye on it.
Alabama vs. Arkansas Prediction & Pick
The pick: Arkansas
Arkansas has been great this year, but they’ve dealt with a few injuries that have held them back from meeting their full potential. Ricky Council IV has been the Razorbacks’ leading scorer this year. He’s been the go-to scorer for Arkansas this year, especially with some of the injuries they’ve dealt with. Anthony Black has stepped up a lot with Nick Smith Jr. being out. He’s the second-leading scorer for Arkansas and also leads the team in assists and rebounds. Trevon Brazile is also out for the rest of the year, but Davonte Davis has stepped up and so has Makhi Mitchell, who leads the team in rebounds and blocks. As a team, they are very athletic and have been very good on defense mostly this year.
On the other side, Alabama has been one of the best teams in all of college basketball this season. Brandon Miller is making the case to be college basketball’s best player and to be an NBA lottery pick too. He leads the team in 19 points and is one of the higher-scoring players in all of college basketball. Mark Sears has been a steady and experienced point guard for the Crimson Tide too. He is the second-leading scorer and leads the team in steals too. Noah Clowney and Jaden Bradley are right behind these two in production, with Clowney leading the team in rebounds and Bradley leading in assists.
As a team, the Crimson Tide are very good offensively and their height and athleticism has helped them lead the country in rebounding at 46 per game. This game is going to be close throughout and come down to the wire. Take Arkansas here because they’re the home team and should be able to edge out Alabama in a really close game.
Alabama vs. Arkansas Key Matchups
Can Makhi Mitchell matchup with Brandon Miller? Can Mark Sears matchup with Anthony Black?
Brandon Miller vs Makhi Mitchell
Brandon Miller has been incredible for the Crimson Tide this year. He averages 19 points, 2 assists, and 9 rebounds on the year. He’ll be matched up against Makhi Mitchell, who averages 8 points, 1 assist, and 6 rebounds on the year. This should be an interesting matchup. Miller is one of the best players in college basketball, but Mitchell is a good defender. This will be a big matchup because of how much offense Miller accounts for.
Anthony Black vs Mark Sears
Anthony Black has been great as a freshman point guard for Arkansas. He averages 13 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds on the year. His matchup for some of the game will be Mark Sears, who averages 15 points, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds for the season. When these two matchup it will be interesting. Black is very talented, but just a freshman, while Sears is shorter, but has more experience. Point guard is such an important position, so this matchup will be huge in deciding who wins this game.