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Alabama vs. Murray State - 11/26/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Murray State Racers (3-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (4-1)
Date & Time Monday November 26, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -7 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
SEC
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NCAA BB | Murray State Racers (3-0) at Alabama Crimson Tide (4-1)
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The Murray State Racers and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Monday in college basketball action at the Coleman Coliseum.

The Murray State Racers look for a statement victory here to build on their 3-0 start to the season. The Murray State Racers are averaging 75 points on 49.5 percent shooting and allowing 60 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 24.3 points and 10.3 assists while Devin Gilmore is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds. Shaq Buchanan is the third double-digit scorer and Tevin Brown is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Murray State Racers are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Murray State Racers are allowing 11.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Murray State Racers have won six straight road games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide look to remain unbeaten at home to build on their solid 4-1 record. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 76.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 45.9 percent shooting. John Petty is averaging 13.4 points and 2.8 assists while Kira Lewis Jr. is averaging 13.2 points and 2.4 rebounds. Herbert Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Donta Hall is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won nine of their last 12 home games.

The Racers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Crimson Tide last 7 overall. The under is 7-3 in Racers last 10 overall.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have played their best ball so far this season at home, and they're coming off a solid tournament in which they grabbed a win over Wichita State. The Murray State Racers are unbeaten, but all of their victories have come at home against subpar competition and I really am questioning how this younger roster will hold up on the road against a step up in play. Alabama is deep and capable of winning rather easily against teams not on its level. I'll eat the reasonable chalk in this contest.

Pick:
Alabama Crimson Tide -7

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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