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Alabama vs. Kentucky - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kentucky Wildcats (16-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (12-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum in SEC college basketball action.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 12-4 this season and are coming off of a tough loss at South Carolina. Alabama is averaging 70.3 points and they are shooting 44.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62.1 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Levi Randolph leads the Crimson Tide averaging 15.1 points per game. Ricky Tarrant is averaging 13.3 points, Rodney Cooper is averaging 10.7 points, and Shannon Hale is averaging 7.8 points. Alabama is 10-0 at home this season.

Alabama vs. Kentucky - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats are 16-0 this season and ranked number one and they are coming off of their most convincing win of the season crushing Missouri 86-37. Kentucky is averaging 76.5 points and they are shooting 45.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 50.6 points and their opponents are shooting 31 percent. Aaron Harrison leads the Wildcats averaging 11.8 points per game. Devin Booker is averaging 10.5 points, Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 8.7 points and 6.9 rebounds. Kentucky is still very much the odds on favorite to win it all this season.

Alabama is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 6-1 against the spread against the SEC, and 4-1 against the spread following a loss. Kentucky is 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight road games, 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning home record, and 4-10-2 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points. Kentucky is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games against Alabama.

Kentucky’s conference games have been battles for the most part and I expect this to be one as well so I will take the points and my chances with Alabama. 

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Alabama Crimson Tide +8.5

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