Alabama vs. Tennessee Tech - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (5-3) at Alabama Crimson Tide (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and Alabama Crimson Tide play Saturday night at the Coleman Coliseum.
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have split their last four games and will play their fourth true road game. On the season, Tennessee Tech is averaging 70.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 72.8 points on 48 percent shooting. Charles Jackson leads the Golden Eagles with 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds while Dwan Caldwell is averaging 13.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. Torrance Rowe is shooting 33.9 percent from the field and Shirmane Thomas is averaging 3.4 assists. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are an up-tempo team that’s averaging more than 60 shots per game and has scored a combined 171 points in their last two games. However, Tennessee Tech is shooting just 25.8 percent from deep and has allowed 70-plus points in four of its last seven games.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide have split their last four games and are playing their first game in a week. On the season, Alabama is averaging 79.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting and is allowing 74 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Levi Randolph leads the Tide with 18.9 points and 5.3 rebounds while Ricky Tarrant is averaging 15.3 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Rodney Cooper is the third Alabama player to average double-digit points and Shannon Hale is shooting 42.3 percent from the field. The Alabama Crimson Tide are a quality offensive team that has seven players averaging at least five points while shooting 80.3 percent from the free throw line and 34 percent from deep. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 36.8 percent from downtown and forcing 14.3 turnovers per game.
The Golden Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games.
Alabama's weakness of allowing teams to hit from the outside shouldn't be a factor in this game considering the Golden Eagles are a horrible outside shooting team. Alabama should win this one in a blowout.