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Alabama vs. Kentucky - 3/15/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kentucky vs. Alabama
Date & Time Friday March 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Kentucky -10.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
SEC
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The Kentucky Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Friday in the college basketball SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Kentucky Wildcats enter this tournament winning six of their last seven games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 76.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting. PJ Washington is averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while Tyler Herro is averaging 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. Keldon Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Reid Travis is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.6 rebounds per game.  The Kentucky Wildcats have won five of their last six non-home games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide look for another win after beating Ole Miss on Thursday. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 72.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Kira Lewis Jr. is averaging 13.9 points and 2.9 assists while John Petty is averaging 10.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Donta Hall is the third double-digit scorer and Tevin Mack is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.4 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide have split their last six non-home games.

The Crimson Tide are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Southeastern, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wildcats are 18-8-2 ATS in their last 28 neutral site games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Southeastern and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The under is 14-3 in Crimson Tide last 17 overall. The under is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 overall.

The Alabama Crimson Tide played just well enough to beat Ole Miss, but they'll have to shoot much better in order to give themselves a chance at beating Kentucky for a second time this season. The problem is Alabama is just 4-8 ATS this season as an underdog and offense doesn't come easy for this group. The Kentucky Wildcats are rested and playing some of their best ball at the moment, which includes holding teams under 40 percent shooting in their last five games. The line is a bit steep, but Alabama doesn't score enough or consistently to trust against a Kentucky squad starting to find its groove.

Pick:
Kentucky -10.5

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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