Alabama Crimson Tide vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
Odds/Point Spread: Alabama (+1)
The Alabama Crimson Tide (18-5) travel to Bud Walton Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Arkansas Razorbacks (17-5). The spread on this matchup has Arkansas as 1-point favorites. The total has been set at 155.5.
Alabama comes into this contest with a mark of 18-5 this season. The Crimson Tide are shooting 36.0% on three-point shots (250 of 694) and 72.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 80.9 points per contest (22nd in college hoops) while hitting 43.7% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Alabama is pulling in 40.3 boards per game and has earned 331 dimes so far this season, which ranks 38th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Crimson Tide have forced 15.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. The Crimson Tide defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 40.5% (581 of 1,436) and they concede 38.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 178th in the country in giving up assists with 247 conceded this year. They are relinquishing 29.2% on three-point shots while they are 196th in the country in PPG from their opponents (70.5).
The Alabama Crimson Tide took the court against the Vanderbilt Commodores and notched a win by a score of 82-78 in their last contest. Alabama finished with a 42.6% FG percentage (26 of 61) and buried 10 of their 39 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Crimson Tide knocked down 20 of 28 shots for a rate of 71.4%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 34 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 15 assists for this contest in addition to earning 8 steals and 5 blocks. With respect to defense, Alabama allowed 42.6% from the floor on 26 out of 61 shooting. Vanderbilt doled out 11 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Commodores snagged 33 rebounds (8 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Vanderbilt finished shooting 75.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 18 of 24 tries. They also converted 10 of 23 attempts from 3-point range.
Alex Reese is a guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. He recorded 10 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 17 minutes played and pulled down 3 boards. Reese finished the game shooting 57.1% from the field and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Crimson Tide was Herbert Jones. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also had 4 assists. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field in the matchup by shooting 3-of-6 (8 points). At the conclusion of this game, Jones played for 19 min.
Arkansas has a record of 17-5 this season. The Razorbacks commit 17.0 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 74.8% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.8 times per contest (81st in the country) and they turn it over 12.9 times per game. Arkansas has 1,814 pts on the year (82.5 per game) and they collect 40.4 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Razorbacks are shooting 45.0% from the field, which ranks 135th in college basketball. The Razorbacks on defense are ranked 184th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 70.1. The Arkansas defense allows 31.7% on three-point shots (159 of 501) and their opposition knocks down 69.6% of their free throw attempts. They allow 11.7 dimes and 35.6 boards per game, which has them ranked 90th and 213th in the nation. They are forcing their opponents into 15.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.5% from the floor (90th in Division 1).
The last time they took the court, the Arkansas Razorbacks got the victory with a final of 75-64 when they faced the Florida Gators. The Razorbacks snagged 23 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for the matchup. They blocked 5 shots while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Gators were called for 19 fouls in the game which took the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for 19 shots. They were able to make 15 of those for a clip of 78.9%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Arkansas converted 4 out of their 15 tries (26.7%). Overall, the Razorbacks went 28 for 63 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.4%. The Razorbacks allowed the Gators to convert 23 of 61 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 37.7% for this contest. They finished shooting 19.0% from beyond the arc by connecting on 4 of 21 and ended up going 14 of 14 at the free throw line (100.0%). In the matter of team rebounding, Arkansas permitted Florida to collect 32 in all (8 offensive).
Davonte Davis was important for the Razorbacks for this game. He made 7 of 14 in this game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Davis pulled down 5 rebounds in his 36 minutes played and accounted for 3 dimes for the game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Arkansas was Justin Smith. He ended up finishing with 15 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood via 7 of 9 shooting in the game. Smith ended the game having shot 77.8% from the floor while earning 4 assists and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Alabama (+1) and over 155.5 points
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