Auburn vs. Alabama - 3/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (18-14) at Auburn Tigers (25-6)
College Basketball: Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Auburn Tigers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 See the Latest Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers meet Friday in the college basketball SEC Tournament quarterfinals at the Scottrade Center.
The Alabama Crimson Tide look for another victory after beating the Texas A&M Aggies on Thursday. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 72.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 18.3 points and 3.6 assists while Donta Hall is averaging 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. John Petty is the third double-digit scorer and Dazon Ingram is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won four of their last five neutral site games.
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The Auburn Tigers enter this tournament splitting their last eight games. The Auburn Tigers are averaging 84 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Mustapha Heron is averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds while Bryce Brown is averaging 16.4 points and 1.8 assists. Jared Harper is the third double-digit scorer and Desean Murray is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Auburn Tigers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Auburn Tigers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The Auburn Tigers have won three of their last four neutral site games.
The Crimson Tide are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Friday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Auburn and Alabama just played about two weeks ago, and the Tigers stomped them by 19 points, scoring 90 points in the process. Auburn has cooled off a lot since the start of the season, but this is a club that's rested and has the ability to bury you when they can control the pace. The Alabama Crimson Tide are playing for their tournament lives, but you also have to question if there's anything left after such an emotional win over Texas A&M that was decided on a buzzer beater. College kids can struggle to remain focused after such a win. I'll take the better team and the rested legs.