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

Game
Liberty Flames (9-2) at Alabama Crimson Tide (6-3)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -4 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
SEC
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The Liberty Flames and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Von Braun Center.

The Liberty Flames look for a statement victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Liberty Flames are averaging 81.3 points on 50.6 percent shooting and allowing 58.8 points on 39 percent shooting. Scottie James is averaging 12.6 points and 1.5 assists while Darius McGhee is averaging 11.4 points and three rebounds. Lovell Cabbil Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Cuffee is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The Liberty Flames are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Liberty Flames are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Liberty Flames have split their last four non-home games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 75.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 72 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Kira Lewis Jr. is averaging 15.4 points and 2.3 assists while John Petty is averaging 10.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Dazon Ingram is dishing 2.5 assists and Donta Hall is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide have split their last four non-home games.

The Flames are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 6-0 in Crimson Tide last 6 overall. The under is 5-1 in Flames last 6 neutral site games.

The Liberty Flames have been nice to bettors when it comes to covering numbers and are actually outscoring teams by 13 points on the road this season. The issue I have in this game is that it's not enough points for me to get off the Alabama Crimson Tide, the more talented and trustworthy team. Alabama is a team that thinks it can make a push for an SEC title with its combination of experience and talent. If that's the case, this is a game it should be able to handle while covering the reasonable number. I believe in the Crimson Tide. I'll lay the chalk.

Pick:
Alabama Crimson Tide -4

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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