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Alabama vs. Florida - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida at Alabama
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Coleman Coliseum
Tuscaloosa, AL
The Line
Alabama Crimson Tide -3 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Florida at Alabama
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The Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide meet in SEC college basketball action from the Coleman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Florida Gators will look to build some steam after a 66-57 win over Vanderbilt in their last outing. Keyontae Johnson led the Gators with 15 points on 4 of 12 shooting with a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line and a team-high 9 rebounds while Jalen Hudson added 10 points and 3 steals as the only other Florida player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Kevarrius Hayes added 4 points and 3 steals while KeVaughn Allen added 6 points to match his 6 rebounds and Andrew Nembhard scored 9 points in the win. Allen leads the Gators in scoring with 12.5 points per game while Hayes leads Florida on the glass with 6.1 rebounds per game and Nembhard leads the Gators in assists with 5.4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 68.3 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 70.2% from the foul line this season.

The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to rebound from an 81-62 loss against Mississippi State in their last outing. Kira Lewis Jr. led the Tide with 17 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 3 threes while Tevin Mack added 13 points with 3 triples of his own. Dazon Ingram had 12 points while Donta Hall added 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Alabama in the losing effort. Lewis Jr. leads Alabama with an average of 14.4 points and 2.9 assists per game while Hall leads the Tide in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Alabama is averaging 75.3 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 69.2% from the foul line this season.

Florida is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Alabama is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games following a loss. Florida is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Alabama.

Taking the points with Florida is tempting considering how the Gators have owned this matchup on the road in recent years. However, Alabama is the much more consistent team ATS as of late and have been a covering machine for the most part at home. Florida is the kind of team that can get a lead but can’t close at home and struggles to hang around on the road so with that said, I’ll lay the points with Alabama to exorcise some demons against the Gators at home and to add to Florida’s misery ATS in this one

Pick:
Alabama -3

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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