Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (5-2) at Alabama Crimson Tide (4-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -5.5 -- Over/Under: 153 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Alabama Crimson Tide meet in college basketball action from Coleman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come into this game looking to add to their current three-game winning streak after a 68-65 win over Rhode Island in their last matchup. Josh Anderson led the Hilltoppers with 15 points on 4 of 5 shooting with a pair of threes while Taveion Holligsworth added 14 points with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Charles Bassey added 13 points with a team-high 9 rebounds while Jordan Rawls chipped in 11 points to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for WKU in the winning effort. Hollingsworth leads WKU in scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game while Bassey leads the Hilltoppers on the glass with 11.3 rebounds per game and Dayvion McKnight leads the Hilltoppers in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Western Kentucky is averaging 76.6 points on 44.7% shooting from the field, 30.3% from behind the arc and are also allowing opposing teams to average 84.1 points from the field, 44.9% from the field and 44.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to build off of a 4-2 record after picking up an 83-80 win over Furman last time out. Herb Jones led the Tide with 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes, 12 rebounds and 4 assists while Jaden Shackelford added 13 points and James Rojas added 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes and Juwan Gary added 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting in 8 minutes to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for the Tide in the winning effort. Jaden Quinerly leads the Tide in scoring and assists with an average of 19 points and 4 assists per game while Herb Jones leads the Tide in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Alabama is averaging 76.3 points on 40.9% shooting from the field, 29.7% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.3 points on 42.5% shooting from the field and 33.5% from 3-point range this season.
Western Kentucky is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games. Alabama is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games.
This is a hard game to call as you have two teams that love to get up and down the floor and turn their respective games into a track meet. However, in a small sample size, we haven’t seen anything convincing from Western Kentucky on the road and good as Hollingsworth and Bassey are, Alabama has the players to cancel those guys out and are the deeper team side-by-side. I’ll lay the points with the Crimson Tide in this one.