Florida vs. Alabama SEC Tournament - 3/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (18-13) at Florida Gators (15-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Florida Gators -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Thursday in Nashville in the SEC college basketball tournament.
The Florida Gators finished the season at 15-16 and in ninth place in the SEC standings. Florida is averaging 64 points and they are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Dorian Finney-Smith leads the Gators averaging 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Michael Frazier II is averaging 12.8 points, Eli Carter is averaging 8.7 points, and Kasey Hill is averaging 7.3 points. Florida is 2-2 in neutral site games and 8-10 I the SEC.
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The Alabama Crimson Tide were 18-13 this season and they finished in eighth place in the SEC standings. Alabama is averaging 66.9 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Levi Randolph leads the Crimson Tide averaging 15.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Rodney Cooper is averaging 10.5 points, Michael Kessens is averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Retin Obasohan is averaging 5.5 points. Alabama is 1-1 in neutral site games and 8-10 in the SEC.
Florida is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, 0-5-1 against the spread in neutral site games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Florida is 7-18-2 against the spread following a win, 1-4 against the spread in neutral site games, and 0-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The underdog has covered the point spread in 10 of the last 14 meetings of these two.
Alabama has the better overall record and are coming off of a big win over Texas A&M but they are missing two of their top four scorers and that is just bad timing as I have to take the Gators though I don’t love the play.