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Alabama vs. Penn State - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Penn State Nittany Lions (6-5) at Alabama Crimson Tide (7-3)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -2 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
SEC
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NCAA BB | Penn State Nittany Lions (6-5) at Alabama Crimson Tide (7-3)
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Alabama Crimson Tide meet in college basketball action from Coleman Coliseum on Friday night.

The Penn State Nittany Lions come into this game will look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games after a 73-67 win over Duquesne in their last outing. Lamar Stevens led the Nittany Lions with 25 points along with 10 rebounds for the double-double while Rasir Bolton added 16 points with 5 rebounds and Myles Dread added 12 points with 4 threes and 6 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Penn State in the win. Mike Watkins added a team-high 12 rebounds while Josh Reaves added a team-high 4 steals in the winning effort. Stevens leads the Nittany Lions with an average of 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while Reaves leads Penn State with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Penn State is averaging 70.4 points per game on 41.5% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season.

The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 84-75 win over Liberty in their last outing. Donta Hall led the Tide with 21 points on a perfect 6 of 6 from the field with a 9 of 11 mark from the foul line and a team-high 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kira Lewis Jr. came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a team-high 4 assists while John Petty came right behind with 16 points with 3 threes to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Alabama in the winning effort. Lewis Jr. leads Alabama with an average of 15.6 points and 2.5 assists per game while Hall leads the Tide on the glass with an average of 7.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Alabama is averaging 76.6 points per game on 45.2% shooting from the field, 33.5% from behind the 3-point line and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

Penn State is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Alabama is 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 non-conference games.

Neither of these teams have been anything to write home about ATS, so I’d be vary cautious picking this game. However, despite Alabama being 0-4-1 ATS this season at home, they’re still outscoring their opponents by 6.8 points per game. Penn State hasn’t been awful on the road, but they lost a pair of winnable games against Maryland and DePaul. I think this is where the Tide finally break out, so I’ll side with Alabama and lay the bucket in this one.

Pick:
Alabama -2

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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