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Alabama vs. Appalachian State - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Appalachian State Mountaineers (3-5) at Alabama Crimson Tide (7-3)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Coleman Coliseum)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC Network

The Appalachian State Mountaineers and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Sunday at the Coleman Coliseum.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers have split their last six games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Appalachian State is averaging 62.4 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 70.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Frank Eaves is averaging 16.4 points and 3.5 rebounds while Chris Burgess is averaging 10.6 points and 2.1 assists. Tommy Spagnolo is the third player averaging double-digit points and Dustin Clarke is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Appalachian State Mountaineers struggle mightily offensively with just four players averaging more than five points, and they’re shooting 71.8 percent from the free throw line and 27.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Appalachian State is forcing 11.4 turnovers per game and is allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep. The Mountaineers have played just two home games all season.

Alabama vs. Appalachian State - 12/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have won four of their last six games and need to keep things rolling. On the season, Alabama is averaging 75.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting and is allowing 69.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Levi Randolph is averaging 16.8 points and five rebounds while Ricky Tarrant is averaging 12.7 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Rodney Cooper is averaging 12.3 points and Shannon Hale is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide have been an offensive team all season, as they have seven players averaging at least 5.3 points and are shooting 76.6 percent from the free throw line and 32.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Alabama is forcing 13.7 turnovers per game and allowing teams to shoot 35.6 percent from deep.

The Mountaineers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southeastern and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Crimson Tide are 3-12-2 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Sun Belt. 

While Alabama is the much better team here, the Appalachian State Mountaineers have lived on the road all season and should start getting used to the tough crowds. This may be one of those games that you avoid but overall if forced to pick, I'm taking the truckload of points. 

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Appalachian State Mountaineers +18.5

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