Alabama vs. Lipscomb - 11/14/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Lipscomb Bison (2-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down in Tuscaloosa at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday, the Lipscomb Bisons and the Alabama Crimson Tide will be squaring off in college basketball action.
Lipscomb is coming into this game at 2-0 so far, following a 98-83 win over Emory in the opener and a 77-70 win over Morehead State on Sunday. In that one, Garrison Mathews led the way on 25 points, three rebounds and a steal.
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Through two games this season, Mathews leads the way for Lipscomb with 31.0 PPG and 3.0 RPG, while Rob Marberry is averaging 15.0 PPG and 11.5 PPG so far. Eli Pepper is also in double-digits thus far for the Bistons with 11.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG.
As for Alabama, they’re coming off a 19-14 record last year. The Tide were 13-7 in late January but couldn’t string together more than two wins in a row the rest of the way. Alabama had to settle for an NIT bid, where they lost in the first round to Richmond.
Alabama started things off well this year with an 82-70 win over Memphis. In that one, the Crimson Tide had five players in double-digit scoring, led by Dazon Ingram’s 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. Donta Hall also posted a double-double for Alabama with 11 points and 11 rebounds with five blocks and three assists.
The under is 21-7 in the Tide’s last 28 home games and the under is 6-1 in their last seven games following an ATS win. Alabama is 6-15 ATS int heir last 21 games following a straight-up win and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Meanwhile, the over is 4-0 in the Bisons’ last four overall and the under is 9-3 in their last 12 road games. Lipscomb is 4-0 ATS in their last four Tuesday games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games.
Lipscomb has looked pretty darn good over their first two games of the season, and they’re getting significant scoring contributions from their starters. I’m not totally sold on the Bisons’ depth yet, though. As for Alabama, they got some nice efforts from their key guys in their opener and may be able to take a step forward this year. Still, I think the Bisons are a relatively formidable team and I like them to cover with a nice thick line like this. I’ll take Lipscomb here.