SEC Positioning on the Line
Two of the five teams in the Southeastern Conference with a 1-1 league record meet when the Arkansas Razorbacks visit the Auburn Tigers on Saturday. Both have March Madness odds, given the Razorbacks are No. 13 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and the Tigers are No. 22. Both programs have been built on great defenses and have battled tight contests in the past, particularly with games played at Auburn.
Let’s check the latest march madness predictions, stats, injury reports, and march madness picks for Arkansas vs Auburn. We’ve plenty of march madness expert picks for you to consider.
Razorbacks Battling Through Injuries
The Arkansas Razorbacks brought in the best recruiting class in program history but are already dealing with injury issues. They lost star forward Travon Brazile for the season to a knee injury, and guard Nick Smith Jr. is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
The Razorbacks have been solid defensively, ranking 37th in the country in holding teams to 62.2 points per game. They are 96th in holding teams to 41.3% on field goal attempts and 22nd in 3-point shooting with a 28.7% conversion rate for opponents.
Offensively, the Razorbacks are 72nd in scoring 77.4 points per game and 31st in making 48.5% of field goal attempts. They are 328th in making 29.9% of 3-point attempts, however.
The Razorbacks are 10-9 in games against ranked opponents under coach Eric Musselman, including a win over the No. 1 Auburn Tigers last season.
The Razorbacks are 7-6-1 against the spread and 4-10 on over/unders this season, and 0-1 straight up on the road.
Tigers Look To Exact Revenge
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl is 16-23 against ranked teams in his tenure.
The Tigers are 40th defensively in allowing 62.8 points per game. They are 33rd in holding teams to 39.3% on field goal attempts and seventh in holding teams to 27.0% on 3-point shots.
Offensively, the Tigers are 176th in scoring 72.1 points per game. They are 245th in making 43.4% of field goal attempts, 340th in making 28.9% of 3-point shots, and 299th in making 66.9% of free throw attempts.
The Tigers are 5-9 against the spread and 8-6 on over/unders this season. They are 8-0 straight up at home.
Arkansas vs Auburn Injuries
Arkansas vs Auburn Head-to-Head
The Arkansas Razorbacks have dominated the Auburn Tigers in recent history. The Razorbacks have won three straight and 13 of the last 17 games over the Tigers. They also hold a 37-20 advantage with all but one of the 57 meetings in SEC play. The Tigers, however, are 14-13 when hosting the Razorbacks. History suggests the Razorbacks should be popular among college basketball picks.
Arkansas vs Auburn Game Information
- Game: Arkansas (12-2, 1-1) vs Auburn (11-3, 1-1)
- Location: Neville Arena, Auburn, Alabama
- Day/Time: Saturday, Jan 7, 8:30 p.m. ET
- Arkansas vs Auburn Live Stream: TBS
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Arkansas vs Auburn Betting Lines
Arkansas vs Auburn Prediction
Past scores and odds say that the Arkansas Razorbacks are likely to win, particularly in this coaching matchup. However, they also say that the Auburn Tigers are better at home in these contests, and the public tends to agree with 64% of public sport bets on the Tigers to cover the spread as of publication.
Pacing is the big determination of who is going to win this game. Both teams like to get out and run, so limiting turnovers is the key, particularly for Auburn’s offense which can’t afford to get into a track meet with how inefficient its offense is. It is also imperative for both offenses because of their inefficiencies on the perimeter, which will create some ugly half-court sets.
A physical game between the two will also favor Auburn, which has a little more depth because it is healthier. The Tigers feature two players from Arkansas, including Allen Flanigan, who is averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this season.
The Auburn Tigers are listed at -140 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Auburn Tigers, you have a chance to win $71. The Arkansas Razorbacks are +120, offering a chance to win $120.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Auburn Tigers a 58.33% chance to win, with the Arkansas Razorbacks at 45.45%.