No. 14 Auburn has won just two regular-season SEC titles in men’s basketball and not since 1999 but they can clinch at least a share of one with a victory on Tuesday night at Arkansas. The Hogs are an NCAA Tournament bubble team and need the win – and are slightly favored on the College Basketball odds.
How to Bet Auburn at Arkansas College Basketball Odds & Game InfoWatchESPNRadio: 93.9 FM (Auburn) / Razorback Sports Network (Arkansas)Opening College Basketball Odds: Arkansas -1
Season SeriesOn Jan. 6, Auburn beat Arkansas 88-77 when the Tigers were unranked and the Razorbacks were No. 22. Mustapha Heron scored 17 points. Auburn hit 12 of its first 18 shots as it opened the game on a 29-18 run. Heron was one of five Auburn players in double figures along with Desean Murray (15 points), Jared Harper (14), Bryce Brown (13), and Chuma Okeke (10). The Tigers shot 51.7 percent from the field and hit 11 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc. Jaylen Barford scored 21 to lead the Razorbacks, who shot 48.4 percent from the floor but hit just 4 of 19 3s and lost by 11 despite winning the rebounding battle 35-30.
Why Bet on Auburn?The Tigers (24-5) have been ranked in the top 15 for five consecutive weeks for the first time since 2000. They come off a loss, however, falling 72-66 at unranked Florida on Saturday. The Tigers battled back time and time again and even took the lead late at one point in the second half, but Florida scored the game’s final six points to put the game away.“We’ve been winning a lot of different ways, but one of the ways is that we force turnovers,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said after the game. “Florida leads the league not turning the ball over, and they did a great job only turning it over eight times.”Mustapha Heron, who finished 8 of 11 from the floor, led the way with his 22 points, Chuma Okeke (12) and Desean Murray (10) both scored in double figures as well for Auburn. Okeke also pulled down 10 rebounds and recorded his second straight double-double off the bench.
Who Else is Playing Lately?Horace Spencer got the start again in place of the injured Anfernee McLemore (out for season) and contributed six points and eight rebounds. Heron, who now leads the team with 16.3 points per game, is averaging 19.5 points per game over his last eight games. As a team, the undersized Tigers outrebounded Florida, 41-31, and pulled down 12 offensive rebounds. They also outscored the Gators in the paint, 32-20.Florida shot 46.4 percent from beyond the arc – only three opponents shot better from 3-point range against the Tigers this season – as Auburn’s 3-point field goal defense has risen to 34.7. Auburn’s field goal percentage defense has steadily gotten worse gone up over the course of SEC play as the Tigers have dropped from 29th (39.9 percent) six weeks ago to 76th nationally.The Tigers still hold a one-game lead over Tennessee in the SEC standings, and they still have two more opportunities to clinch a share of the regular-season conference title.
Why Bet on Arkansas?The Hogs (20-9) won at Alabama on Saturday, 76-73. Daryl Macon scored 17 points and made two free throws with 12 seconds left. Freshman Daniel Gafford had a productive game, posting 11 points and seven rebounds, while Dustin Thomas matched Gafford with 11 points of his own. Jaylen Barford was the fifth Razorback to finish in double figures, adding 10 points.It marks the fourth 20-win season in the last five years for the Razorbacks and solidifies that Arkansas will finish at or above .500 in conference play for the sixth-straight season.This will be Senior Night for the Razorbacks. Arkansas is looking to beat four ranked teams at home in a season for the first time in program history. Arkansas is 3-0 at home against ranked teams this year for the first time in 10 years, and have won those games by an average 12.3 points.
How Well Has Arkansas Done These Past Years?During the last five years, the Razorbacks have posted a 34-15 (.693) regular season record in the months of February and March. Arkansas has won 37 consecutive games in which it has led at halftime. During Mike Anderson era, the Razorbacks are 122-7 when leading at the intermission.Jaylen Barford and Macon are the only two players in the SEC to rank in the top 10 in points per game, three-point FG percentage and FG percentage. Macon has nine 20-point performances in the last 11 games. His streak of seven straight put him alongside Corliss Williamson as the only players to do so since the Razorbacks joined the SEC.
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- Auburn is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 games
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- The total went UNDER in 5 of Auburn’s last 7 games on the road
- Arkansas is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 games
- Arkansas is 5-1 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went OVER in 6 of Arkansas’s last 8 games when playing Auburn