A top 25 SEC matchup is in store Wednesday night when the #15 Arkansas Razorbacks (12-3, 1-2 SEC) host the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-2, 3-0 SEC). This will be the 67th meeting between the two programs, with the Razorbacks owning the all-time series, 36-30.
The midweek contest tips off at 7 p.m. EST inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Alabama is a narrow one-point road favorite, and the over/under total is 151.5 points.
What to Know – #4 Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama looks to improve its conference record to 4-0 for the first time since 2020-21 and just the second time in the last 36 years. The Crimson Tide already have four victories over teams ranked in the top 25 this year.
On offense, the Crimson Tide rank 14th in the nation scoring 82.9 points per game. Alabama shoots 44.4% from the floor and 34.9% from beyond the arc. The Crimson Tide defense is 204th in scoring defense, surrendering 69.7 points per game, 37.8% shooting from the field, and 27.8% from deep.
Freshman Brandon Miller leads Alabama in scoring averaging 19.1 points per game. Miller’s average is the most by a freshman in the country. Mark Sears, a junior, is next in scoring for the Crimson Tide, scoring 14.7 ppg.
The Crimson Tide are 9-6 against the spread with a 2-1 mark ATS away from Tuscaloosa. Alabama is 1-7 ATS in the previous eight contests against the Razorbacks.
What to Know – #15 Arkansas Razorbacks
The Razorbacks have dropped two of its last three games, both conference tests, after an 11-1 mark in non-conference play. Arkansas is 2-2 this season against teams ranked in the top 25.
Arkansas scores 76.2 points per game, 86th in the nation. The Razorbacks hit 47.5% of their shots from the floor and 28.7% from the 3-point line. Defensively, Arkansas limits opponents to 62.9 ppg, 38th in D1, 41.4% shooting from the field, and 29.0 from three.
Four players on the Razorback roster average in double figures, led by junior Ricky Council IV pouring in 18.1 ppg. Freshman Nick Smith Jr. is having a solid first collegiate season sitting second on the team, scoring 12.8 ppg. Fellow freshman Anthony Black (12.5 ppg) and sophomore Trevon Brazile (11.8 ppg) round out the balanced scoring attack for Arkansas.
Arkansas is 7-7-1 ATS this year while sporting a 3-4-1 record ATS on its home floor. The Razorbacks are 1-4 ATS in the last five matchups against conference opponents.
The Pick is In
Two teams that will find themselves atop the conference standings in March and both who should make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament give basketball fans an exciting early January matchup. The Crimson Tide will have to contend with the Razorbacks balanced scoring, but Alabama has the skilled players offensively to go toe-to-toe with Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide run its SEC winning streak to four games and keep pace atop the standings with a key road victory.
The Pick: #4 Alabama Crimson Tide ML