Tennessee vs. Alabama - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Alabama Crimson Tide (16-15) at Tennessee Volunteers (17-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers meet in college basketball action from Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.
Tennessee comes into this SEC Tournament matchup at 17-14 overall. After winning consecutive games over Florida and Kentucky, Tennessee fell to Auburn in their last outing on Saturday.
In the loss to Auburn, Tennessee’s leading scorer was John Fulkerson with 19 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Bowden added 17 points, four rebounds and four assists there, and Santiago Vescovi put up 13 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Over on the Alabama side, they’re 16-15 this season. In their last four games Alabama is just 1-3, beating South Carolina and dropping to Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Missouri otherwise.
In the loss to Missouri, Alabama’s leading scorer was Kira Lewis with 18 points and four assists. The only other Crimson Tide player in double-figures in that game was Jaden Shackelford with 13 points and five rebounds.
Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games and 14-6 ATS in the last 20 games after a double-digit loss at home. The over is 4-1 in the Volunteers’ last five overall and the under is 6-2-1 in the last nine Thursday games.
Meanwhile, Alabama is 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games. Alabama is 2-6 ATS in the last eight after an ATS loss and the over is 10-4 in their last 14 Thursday games.
Tennessee was humming along pretty well with a five-point win over Florida and an 81-73 signature road victory over Kentucky, but stumbled at home versus Auburn with an 85-63 defeat. Looking at Tennessee’s last seven games, they’ve been under 70 points in six of those.
As for Alabama, the 50-point dud versus Missouri is pretty inexcusable at this point in the season, as is falling by eight to a bad Vanerbilt team. That said, the Crimson Tide do have a good offense, and if they can get things going here early I like Alabama on the cover. Regardless, this should be a must-see game for any SEC fan.