Kentucky vs. Alabama - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (13-7) at Kentucky Wildcats (20-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Rupp Arena)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Saturday in Lexington at Rupp Arena in SEC college basketball action.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 20-0 and are the top ranked team in the country as they look to go wire-to-wire. Kentucky is averaging 74.6 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 50.4 points and their opponents are shooting 31.7 percent. Aaron Harrison leads UK averaging 11.6 points per game. Devin Booker is averaging 10.7 points, Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 8.7 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Dakari Johnson is averaging 8.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. Kentucky is 13-0 at home and have played the sixth ranked schedule in the country.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are 13-7 this season and have lost four of their last five games. Alabama is averaging 68.5 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent from he floor while defensively they are allowing 63.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Levi Randolph leads the Tide averaging 14.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Ricky Tarrant is averaging 13.1 points, Rodney Cooper is averaging 10.9 points, and Shannon Hale is averaging 7.6 points. Alabama is 1-4 on the road and lost by 22 Kentucky in heir first meeting this season in Tuscaloosa.
Kentucky is 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 6-1 against the spread in Saturday games, and 5-1 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. Alabama is 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games, 8-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread and 1-4 against the spread in Saturday games. The underdog has covered the point spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
Kentucky just rolled Bama in the first meeting but I look for the Tide to give it a better effort here and get the cover.