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College basketball point spread favors Razorbacks in battle with Crimson Tide

Alabama Crimson TideArkansas Razorbacks
9-12February 05, 2014, 08:00 | Bud Walton Arena13-8

The visiting Alabama Crimson Tide hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Bud Walton Arena against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Razorbacks are 13-8 so far on the season, and 9-9 ATS vs. the number. The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, are 9-12 and 4-11-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Arkansas go 12-6 and the Crimson Tide go 9-7-1 on the totals.

View Alabama Crimson Tide vs Arkansas Razorbacks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Razorbacks installed as -6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Razorbacks rated this week at No. 110 and the Crimson Tide sitting at No. 236.

In their last action, Alabama was a 76-59 loser at home against Tennessee. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Alabama got 23 points from Trevor Releford but lost anyway, 76-59, to Tennessee on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.

Arkansas was an 88-74 loser in their most recent outing on the road against LSU. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Arkansas got 17 points from Rashad Madden but lost anyway, 88-74, to LSU on Saturday at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Arkansas has the nation's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 81.95 PPG. The visiting Crimson Tide defense ranks No. 83 allowing on average 67.76 PPG. The Razorbacks FG% has averaged 44.92% so far, more than the Crimson Tide marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.58% per game.

A few Crimson Tide at Razorbacks trends to consider:
Alabama is 0-3-2 ATS in its last 5 games
Alabama is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 6 games
Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Arkansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Arkansas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arkansas's last 7 games
Arkansas is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Alabama at Florida, Saturday, February 8th
Arkansas at Vanderbilt, Saturday, February 8th