Alabama’s John Petty Jr. (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)
- Host Arkansas is a one-point favorite over Alabama on Wednesday night at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville
- Alabama can clinch a share of the SEC regular-season title with a win
- The odds, lines, and spread for Alabama-Arkansas along with game analysis can be found below
Alabama can clinch a share of its first SEC regular-season title since 2001-02 when it visits Arkansas at 9:00 pm ET Wednesday at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
Sixth-ranked Alabama is 18-5 overall and 13-1 in the SEC, where it holds a 3.5-game lead over #20 Arkansas (17-5, 9-4) and would clinch at least a tie for first place with a victory.
Alabama is on a three-game winning streak, though it has been the losing side against the spread in three of its last four games. Arkansas has won four games in a row and seven of its last eight and is also on a four-game winning streak ATS. The Razorbacks are slight favorites Wednesday.
Alabama vs Arkansas Odds
|Alabama||-105||+1 (-110)||Over 155.5 (-118)|
|Arkansas||-118||-1 (-110)||Under 155.5 (-110)|
Odds as of Feb. 23 at FoxBet.
Alabama Survives Scare
Despite being a 14-point favorite at home, Alabama struggled to beat Vanderbilt 82-78 on Saturday. The Crimson Tide did not seal the victory until sophomore guard Jahvon Quinerly made one of two free throws with two seconds left.
Senior Day dub
— Alabama Men’s Basketball (@AlabamaMBB) February 21, 2021
Sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford scored a career-high 27 points despite making only 1 of 9 from 3-point range. He raised his season scoring average to a team-best 14.5 while reaching double figures for the eighth straight game and 12th time in the last 13.
It was also the third 20-plus game of the season for Shackelford.
Quinerly scored 15 points, getting into double digits for the fifth game in a row. He is averaging 11.7 a game.
Senior forward Alex Reese added 10 points on a day when senior guard John Petty Jr. was held to six points – seven below his average – on 2-of-8 shooting from long range.
Alabama had a rough time from beyond the arc, going 10 of 39 (25.6%). The Crimson Tide is shooting 36.0% on a 3s this season.
Senior forward Jordan Bruner started after missing the previous nine games with a right knee injury. He had one point and six rebounds in 19 minutes and has season averages of 7.4 and 5.4.
Jordan Bruner walks into a 3 and then blocks Cooper’s shot emphatically. pic.twitter.com/FV1vHAQjVP
— Aram Cannuscio (@AC__Hoops) January 9, 2021
Alabama also won without a big contribution from senior wing Herb Jones, who scored eight points before fouling out. KenPom.com ranks him as the third-best player in the SEC on the strength of averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals.
Hogs Withstand Rally
Arkansas used balance to defeat visiting Florida 75-64 on Saturday as a 4.5-point favorite. Freshman guard Davonte Davis led four Razorbacks in double figures with 18 points, the second-highest output of his career.
Later, Gators 🐗 pic.twitter.com/WwbFz7yBjs
— HAWWWWWWWGS 🐗 (@RazorbackMBB) February 18, 2021
Senior forward Justin Smith added 15 points and six rebounds while connecting on 7 of 9 field-goal attempts. Freshman guard Moses Moody and senior guard Jalen Tate contributed 14 points apiece.
Arkansas blew a 15-point second-half lead when Florida went ahead 62-61 with 4:40 left. However, the Razorbacks outscored the Gators 14-2 the rest of the way.
Smith, a transfer from Indiana who was sidelined with an ankle injury in January, has scored in double digits in seven of his last game. Smith is averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Arkansas is 16-2 with him and 1-3 without him.
Arkansas head coach @EricPMusselman said earlier Wednesday that senior forward Justin Smith @justinsmith3_ has been the most consistent Razorback during 12 weeks of training camp … in this reel, Smith shows us how easily he gets off the floor followed by a knockdown on a 3-ball pic.twitter.com/f8M0UOm4z6
— Kevin McPherson (@ARHoopScoop) October 14, 2020
Moody leads the team in scoring at 16.2 points a game and is averaging 5.6 rebounds. Tate has averages of 11.1 points, 4.3 assists, and 1.5 steals.
Arkansas is scoring 82.5 points a game but will be tested by Alabama. The Crimson Tide in second in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, per KenPom, at 88.2 points per 100 possessions.
Tide Rolled Last Month
Alabama ended Arkansas’ six-game winning streak in the series emphatically Jan. 16 with a 90-54 rout as a three-point home favorite.
Petty led the Crimson Tide with 17 points, including five threes. Shackelford added four threes and finished with 16 points.
Moody had a career-high 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Arkansas. The Razorbacks shot just 33.3% (21 of 63) from the field and had 18 turnovers.
This game should be a lot closer but look for Alabama to prevail again.
Pick: Alabama -1 (-110)
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.