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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/5/14

Alabama Crimson Tide (9-12) at Arkansas Razorbacks (13-8)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)

The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC, MSG, GamePlan

The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Wednesday at Bud Walton Arena is SEC college basketball.

The Arkansas Razorbacks were hoping for a solid season but they have lost four of their last five and are fading in the SEC. Arkansas is 2-6 in SEC play, 11-2 at home this season, and they have played the 71st ranked schedule in the nation. Rashad Madden is the Razorbacks leading scorer averaging 13.2 points per game. Bobby Portis is averaging 12.3 points and 6.5 rebounds, Michael Qualls is averaging 11.7 points, and Coty Clarke is averaging 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. Arkansas is averaging 82 points and they are shooting 44.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. Arkansas has been competitive in most of their losses but they are coming off of a 14-point loss at LSU.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/5/14

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have lost their last two games and four of their last five games and are in ninth place in the SEC. The Crimson Tide are 0-8 away from home and they have played the second ranked schedule in the nation. Trevor Releford leads the Tide in scoring averaging 18.3 points per game. Retin Obasohan is averaging 11.7 points, Levi Randolph is averaging 9.0 points, and Nick Jacobs is averaging 8.7 points. Alabama is averaging 69.3 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Alabama has been routed in their last two games.

Arkansas is 14-5 against the spread in their last 19 home games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 10-4 against the spread following a loss. Alabama is 4-1 against the spread following a double digit home loss, 1-7 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 0-4-1 against the spread against the SEC. Alabama is 2-5 against the spread in the last seven meetings of these two.

This game is closer to a coin flip than the generous line we are seeing so I will take the points with the underdog Tide. 

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Alabama Crimson Tide +7.5

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