Alabama at Arkansas
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
Bud Walton Arena
Arkansas Razorbacks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 146
ESPN - SEC Network
The Alabama Crimson Tide will travel to Bud Walton Arena to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Alabama Crimson Tide lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 17-13 (8-9 SEC) on the season after being defeated by the Auburn Tigers, 66-60, this past Tuesday. Alabama led by a 34-23 margin at halftime, however, the Crimson Tide struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and allowed Auburn to pull away after the Tigers closed out the final 1:40 of regulation on a 6-0 run. Alabama shot just 26.3% from beyond the arc and lost the turnover battle by a 19-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Crimson Tide was Kira Lewis Jr. who had 13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Alabama is averaging 72.7 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Alabama has been led by Kira Lewis Jr. (14.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.9 apg), Donta Hall (10.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.8 bpg), John Petty (10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Dazon Ingram (7.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg).
Defensively, Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -1.4.
The Arkansas Razorbacks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-14 (7-10 SEC) on the season after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores, 84-48, this past Wednesday. Arkansas led by just a 29-25 margin at halftime, however, had their way with the Commodores on both ends the court in the 2nd half and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 52-29 lead with 9:36 left in regulation. Arkansas shot 52.6% from the field and 61.1% from beyond the arc while holding Vanderbilt to just 29.6% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Razorbacks was Daniel Gafford who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
On the season, Arkansas is averaging 76.1 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arkansas has been led by Daniel Gafford (16.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.0 spg, 2.1 bpg), Mason Jones (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Isaiah Joe (14.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), and Jalen Harris (8.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.6 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 72.9 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Razorbacks have a rebound margin of -4.6 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Crimson Tide are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
Alabama has lost 5 of their last 7 games and have bee nothing more than average on both sides of the ball this season as they Crimson Tide rank just 174th in scoring offense, 177th in scoring defense, and 182nd in scoring defense.
Arkansas has lost 6 of their last 11 games and come into this game ranked T-88th in scoring offense, 154th in FG%, and 218th in scoring defense.
Alabama comes into this game with just a 4-7 record on the road and has struggled against Arkansas in the past as the Razorbacks have won their last 4 games agianst the Crimson Tide. Arkansas hasn’t had the greatest season, however, they do have solid wins agianst LSU & Ole Miss this season and as Bud Walton Arena is a tough place to play for opponents, I think the Razorbacks and their offense will do enough to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!