Alabama vs Arkansas Picks and Predictions for February 24

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Updated: February 24, 2021

These are two of the top offenses in the SEC, with Arkansas averaging 82.5 points per game this season and Alabama right behind at 80.9. Expect lots of points tonight.

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With the countdown to college basketball conference tournaments ticking, we get treated to a doozy of an SEC matchup as the first-place Alabama Crimson Tide visit the second-place Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks will be out for revenge after the Tide spanked them by 31 points back in January. But the Hogs have won seven of their past eight and are 2-point favorites this time around.

Here are our best free No. 6 Alabama vs. No. 20 Arkansas picks and predictions for NCAA hoops action on Wednesday, February 24, with tipoff at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Alabama Crimson Tide at Arkansas Razorbacks betting preview

Injuries

Alabama: Juwan Gary F (Out), Alex Tchikou F (Out).
Arkansas: Abayomi Iyiola F (Out), Khalen Robinson G (Out).

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Betting trend to know

The underdog is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between Alabama and Arkansas. Find more NCAA betting trends for Alabama vs. Arkansas.

The line hit the board with Arkansas as a 1-point home favorite, with a total of 155.5. Early action came in on Alabama, but since then the Razorbacks have been bought back, while early total money came in on the Over. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the spread (ATS) pick

Yes, Alabama thoroughly thumped Arkansas 90-59 as 2.5-point favorites back on Jan. 16, but a lot has changed for the Razorbacks since then. The Hogs have won four in a row, and are coming off a solid 75-64 win over Florida. And although the last meeting doesn’t show that, Arkansas has the offense to keep up with Alabama.

The Razorbacks have put up 74 or more points over their last eight games and lead the SEC in scoring margin. They have done that by being super-efficient when it comes to scoring on the inside, and are an excellent rebounding team. The only problem is that Alabama is the SEC’s top team for a reason.

The Crimson Tide can not only compete with the Razorbacks on the offensive end, but they also own one of the best defenses in the country. Alabama is second in adjusted defensive efficiency according to the KenPom ratings. Bama is particularly tough on the perimeter, where they allow opponents to shoot just 29.2 percent from 3-point range. That will be the difference in this game.

While Arkansas will keep up with Alabama thanks to its play on the inside, the Tide will make some big shots late, while locking down the Hogs on the other end, in a game that should have plenty of fireworks.

PREDICTION: Alabama +2 (-110)

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Over/Under Pick

The total for this matchup hit the board at 155.5 and bettors hammered the Over, moving the line all the way to 158.5. That isn’t surprising when you consider these are not only two of the most explosive offenses in the SEC, but in the country as well.

Arkansas averages 82.5 points per game this season, while Alabama is just behind at 80.9. The Tide have cashed the Over in three straight games while putting up 78 or more points in seven of their last 10. The Over is 4-1 in the Hogs’ last five games against a team with a straight-up winning record.

This game should be a back-and-forth affair and that has us jumping on the bandwagon of bettors and leaning toward the Over. 

PREDICTION: Over 158.5 (-110)

Alabama vs Arkansas betting card

  • Alabama +2 (-110)
  • Over 158.5 (-110)

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