Ole Miss vs. Alabama - 3/10/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (17-13) at Ole Miss Rebels (20-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Mississippi Rebels -2 -- Over/Under: 132.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN SEC Network
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Ole Miss Rebels will face off in the 2nd round of the SEC Men’s Tournament this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Alabama Crimson Tide lost 4 of their last 5 games and finished their season with a 17-13 record while earning the 10-seed with an 8-10 conference record. Alabama put together a nice 5-game winning streak towards the end of the season that included wins against Florida, Texas A&AM, and LSU however, really struggled offensively over their last five games as they averaged just 60.6 ppg. On the season, Alabama was led by Retin Obasohan who averaged 17.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, and 1.4 spg. Also contributing for the Crimson Tide was Shannon Hale (11.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg), Arthur Edwards (9.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Riley Norris (7.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Offensively, Alabama is averaging 66.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Crimson Tide average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.79. Defensively, Alabama is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 40.3% shooting. The Crimson Tide average 5.1 blocks per game and have a rebound margin of -3.1.
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The Ole Miss Rebels was able to pick up a convincing 83-60 win at Tennessee to close out their regular season and earned the 7-seed in SEC Tournament with a 10-8 conference record and 20-11 overall record. Ole Miss was able to move up the SEC standings with a strong ending of the season in which they won 5 of their last 7 games. On the season, the Rebels have been led by Stefan Moody who averaged 23.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.5 spg. Also chipping in for Ole Miss has been Sebastian Saiz (12.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Tomasz Gielo (9.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Rasheed Brooks (8.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Ole Miss is averaging 75.2 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field and 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rebels average 7.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, Ole Miss is holding their opponents to an average of 71.8 ppg on 42.5% shooting. The Rebels have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
The Crimson Tide are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 games following a ATS loss however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rebels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
In the only regular season matchup between the two times, Ole Miss was able to defeat Alabama by a 74-66 margin at home in early January. These teams seem to be heading in the opposite directions at the moment and as Ole Miss has one of the best guards in the country in Stefan Moody that can take over a game at any moment, I’m taking the Rebels to cover this small spread.