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Alabama vs. Kentucky - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kentucky Wildcats (11-3) at Alabama Crimson Tide (9-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)

The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SEC Network

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

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 9-4 this season and they are coming off of a loss against Ole Miss to open their ACC schedule. Alabama is averaging 66.4 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 39.1 percent. Retin Obasohan leads the Tide averaging 14.2 points per game. Shannon Hale is averaging 10.9 points, Arthur Edwards is averaging 10.5 points, and Justin Coleman is averaging 8.7 points. Alabama is unbeaten at home this season.

Alabama vs. Kentucky - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats are 11-3 this season and they are 2-2 in their last four games after losing to LSU last time out. Kentucky is averaging 77.6 points and they are shooting 46.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Jamal Murray leads the Wildcats averaging 17.1 points per game. Tyler Ulis is averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 assists, Isaiah Briscoe is averaging 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Alex Poythress is averaging 9.0 points and 7.1 rebounds. UK is deeply talented but they still haven’t come completely together as a team.

Alabama is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-4 against the spread against the ACC, and 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Kentucky is 8-2-2 against the spread against the SEC, 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

This is a monster game for the Tide but I just don’t see them being good enough to pull off the upset or keep it close enough to cover. 

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Kentucky Wildcats -4

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