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Alabama vs. Kentucky - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Alabama Crimson Tide will meet up in college basketball action on Saturday.

Kentucky comes into this matchup at 10-2 on the season. After a one-point loss to Seton Hall, the Wildcats have taken out Utah, North Carolina and Louisville in their last three games.

In the Cardinals game, Kentucky’s Tyler Herro posted 24 points with five rebounds. Also in double-figures for the Wildcats there were Keldon Johnson (15 points; seven rebounds) and Aston Hagans (11 points).

Over on the Alabama side, they’re 9-3 this year. Since falling to Georgia State on December 4, the Crimson Tide have defeated Arizona, Liberty, Penn State and Stephen F. Austin in succession.

In the Lumberjacks matchup, Alabama’s Kira Lewis led the team on 17 points with eight assists and two rebounds. Riley Norris added 14 points and six boards for the Tide, and Donta’ Hall doubled up on 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Kentucky is 7-1 ATS in their last eight versus the SEC and 6-1 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last six overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up win.

Meanwhile, the Tide are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 following a straight-up win. Alabama is 1-4 ATS in their last five Saturday games and the over is 8-1 in their last nine overall.

Seton Hall can be a sneaky-good team sometimes, and the Wildcats found that out the hard way. Aside from that however, Kentucky has looked pretty darn solid for most of the season.

Alabama is a good team in their own right, but I think the Wildcats have learned their lesson about taking lesser teams for granted. I’m going Kentucky.

Pick:
Kentucky Wildcats -4.5

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