Kentucky vs. Alabama - 3/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama Crimson Tide (19-14) at Kentucky Wildcats (22-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Kentucky Wildcats meet Saturday in the college basketball SEC Tournament semifinals at the Scottrade Center.
The Alabama Crimson Tide look for another victory after beating Auburn on Friday. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 72.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 18.6 points and 3.7 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 5.6 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won five of their last six neutral site games.
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The Kentucky Wildcats look for another victory after beating Georgia on Friday. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 76.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Kevin Knox is averaging 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 13.2 points and 4.9 assists. Hamidou Diallo is the third double-digit scorer and PJ Washington is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.3 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have split their last four neutral site games.
The Crimson Tide are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southeastern, 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Kentucky Wildcats beat Alabama less than a month ago by 10 points, and they were highly impressive in their win over Georgia, allowing just 49 points on 28.3 percent shooting. That defensive effort could give an Alabama squad that will have played three games in three days trouble. Not to mention the Alabama Crimson Tide weren't that impressive against Auburn, as for whatever reason, the Tigers fell flat on their face in the second half despite having a double-digit halftime lead. The Kentucky kids usually hit their stride this time of year. I'll eat the reasonable chalk with Big Blue here.