Alabama Basketball has a big Saturday morning game in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide is coming off an important, and too rare this season, road win on Wednesday night against the Ole Miss Rebels.
Arkansas is 19-5 and 8-3 in SEC play, after opening their SEC season by losing their first three games. Arkansas is the hottest team in the conference, having won nine straight games. On Tuesday they beat Auburn in overtime. Even with the Tide playing at home, the Razorbacks will provide the Crimson Tide a stiffer challenge than it faced against Ole Miss.
Alabama sits at 15-9 and 5-6 in SEC play. The latest NCAA NET rankings have the Tide at No. 23. Arkansas is ranked No. 32 in the NCAA NET rankings.
The Crimson Tide went into the Ole Miss game last in the SEC in three-point, shooting percentage and shot a blistering 63.6 percent outside the arc against the Rebels.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Arkansas: Spread, Over/Under
According to WynnBET, the Alabama Crimson Tide is a 5.5-point favorite. The Over/Under is at 158 points. On the Moneyline, Alabama is -220 and Arkansas is +180.
Alabama vs. Arkansas Prediction
Ken Pomeroy rates the teams more highly than their NET ranking. KenPOM has the Crimson Tide at No. 18 and Arkansas at No. 22.
The key for Alabama is it will have to play solid defense throughout. Spacing and distribution will be important on offense. The Razorbacks are long and open threes will not be as plentiful for the Tide as they were in Oxford. The Hogs like to run and which team wins the sprints from Tide missed threes will have an advantage. For Arkansas, guard JD Notae leads the SEC in scoring at 19.1 points per game. He likes to penetrate but can score from anywhere. Keeping the Hogs’ Jaylin Williams off the glass is another key for the Tide.
Overall Arkansas is a balanced team that does not get rattled. They play tough defense and the Tide cannot afford to be loose with the ball.
Alabama has more players that can explode offensively. As long as it keeps fouls and turnovers down, the Tide should prevail in a tight game.
Game Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide 78 – Arkansas 76
What Channel is the Alabama Game On?
The 11:00 AM CST game can be seen on SEC Network. The game’s announcer will be Tom Hart with analyst, Carolyn Peck.
Chris Stewart, Bryan Passink and Roger Hoover will handle the radio broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network and will be available on Sirius/XM, channels NA/191.
Alabama vs. Arkansas Live Stream
The broadcast of the game will be streamed on the ESPN App.
Complete Alabama Crimson Tide Game Notes are available here.
Next up for the Crimson Tide will be Mississippi State, Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa.