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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/8/13

Oklahoma Sooners (20-12) at Alabama Crimson Tide (23-13)

NCAAB Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm (American Airlines Center)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -5 -- Over/Under: 132 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners tip off their 201-2014 college basketball seasons as they meet in Dallas on Friday.

The Alabama Crimson Tide went to the NIT last season and looks to improve on what they did a year ago. Trevor Releford is back and last season he averaged 14.9 points per game and he will be the leader of this year’s team. Second leading scorer Trevor Lacey transferred to NC State and it is a big loss but not one the Tide can’t overcome. Rodney Cooper averaged 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds and Levi Randolph averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds. Carl Engstrom is the only seven footer on the roster with Moussa Gueye no longer on the team. Alabama averaged 63 points and shot 42.8 percent last season and defensively they allowed 58.4 points and their opponents’ shot 40.5 percent. Alabama went 23-13 last year and they are expected to make the NCAA Tournament field this season.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/8/13

Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners made the NCAA Tournament last season but their stay in the post season didn’t last long as they were ousted by San Diego State. Oklahoma lost their entire front court from last year, Romero Osby, Steven Pledger, and Amath M’Baye and they accounted for over 37 points per game for the Sooners. The good news for OU is that they have three transfers coming in with Ryan Spangler who spent a year with Gonzaga, Keshaun Hamilton who will give the Sooners some size, and D.J. Bennett who is more of a defensive specialist. Jordan Woodward is the player to watch and the eventual leader of this team at the point guard spot. The Sooners averaged 70.6 points per game last season and shot 43.5 percent while defensively they allowed 66.3 points and their opponents shot 41.8 percent. This could be a building year for Oklahoma.

Alabama is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games but they are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the Big 12 while Oklahoma is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against the SEC. 

Alabama is the bettert eam and even though this is a lot of points I see the Tide covering here in what is really just a lean. 

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Alabama Crimson Tide -5

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