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Alabama vs. Arizona - 12/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Wildcats (7-2) at Alabama Crimson Tide (5-3)
Date & Time Sunday December 9, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -1.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Arizona Wildcats (7-2) at Alabama Crimson Tide (5-3)
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The Arizona Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Coleman Coliseum.

The Arizona Wildcats look for a statement victory to build on their solid 7-2 start to the season. The Arizona Wildcats are averaging 78.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Brandon Randolph is averaging 17.1 points and 3.2 rebounds while Brandon Williams is averaging 12.4 points and 4.1 assists. Justin Coleman is the third double-digit scorer and Chase Jeter is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Arizona Wildcats are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Arizona Wildcats are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Arizona Wildcats have won six of their last eight road games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 75.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Kira Lewis Jr. is averaging 14.9 points and 2.5 assists while John Petty is averaging 11.8 points and 2.1 rebounds. Dazon Ingram is dishing 2.9 assists and Donta Hall is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won three of their last four home games.

The Wildcats are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Southeastern. The Crimson Tide are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Crimson Tide last 5 overall. The under is 14-5-1 in Wildcats last 20 overall.

The Arizona Wildcats are always an interesting pick whenever getting points, however, the Alabama Crimson Tide are too talented and too experienced to continue playing the way they've started the season. The good news is Alabama is outscoring teams by nearly eight points at home this season and shows flashes of that explosivness offensively. This feels like a game where Alabama wakes up and puts things together in front of its home crowd in a big time matchup that will go a long way towards its NCAA Tournament resume. I'll lay the bucket with the home team.

Pick:
Alabama Crimson Tide -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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