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Ole Miss vs. Alabama - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Alabama Crimson Tide (9-3) at Mississippi Rebels (10-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Tad Smith Coliseum)

The Line: Mississippi Rebels -5 -- Over/Under: 132.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Ole Miss Rebels and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Thursday in a SEC college basketball match up.

The Ole Miss Rebels are 10-3 this season and they are coming off of a beat down loss at Kentucky that ended a a seven game winning streak. Ole Miss is averaging 75.8 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.3 points and their opponents are shooting 41.6 percent. Stefan Moody leads Mississippi averaging 23.7 points per game. Sebastian Saiz is averaging 11.7 points and 9.8 rebounds, Tomasz Gielo is averaging 8.9 points, and Rasheed Brooks is averaging 7.2 points. Ole Miss is 5-0 at home this season.

Ole Miss vs. Alabama - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are 9-3 this season and they have won seven of their last eight games. Alabama is averaging 66.4 points and they are shooting 43.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 64.9 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent. Retin Obasohan leads the Crimson Tide averaging 13.4 points per game. Shannon Hale is averaging 11.7 points, Arthur Edwards is averaging 9.9 points, and Justin Coleman is averaging 8.8 points.  Alabama appears to be an improved team over what we have seen in recent years but we will find out a lot more about them as they continue SEC play.

Ole Miss is 9-2 against the spread following a loss, 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games. Alabama is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six meetings of these two.

I like the way Alabama has been playing of late and I look for them to cover at the very least here. 

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Alabama Crimson Tide +5

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