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Alabama vs. Tennessee - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Volunteers (18-5) at Alabama Crimson Tide (15-9)
Date & Time Saturday February 10, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide +2.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
SEC
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NCAA BB | Tennessee Volunteers (18-5) at Alabama Crimson Tide (15-9)
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The Tennessee Volunteers and Alabama Crimson Tide meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Coleman Coliseum.

The Tennessee Volunteers look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Tennessee Volunteers are averaging 77 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Grant Williams is averaging 15.9 points and two assists while Admiral Schofield is averaging 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Lamonte Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Bowden is dishing 1.7 assists. The Tennessee Volunteers are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Volunteers are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Volunteers have won five of their last seven road games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide need a statement win after splitting their last six games. The Alabama Crimson Tide are averaging 73.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 69 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 18.6 points and 3.3 assists while Donta Hall is averaging 10.8 points and seven rebounds. John Petty is the third double-digit scorer and Dazon Ingram is grabbing six rebounds. The Alabama Crimson Tide are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The Alabama Crimson Tide are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won five of their last six home games.

The Volunteers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games, 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Southeastern, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games. The Volunteers are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Alabama, 6-15 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Tennessee Volunteers look like a team that's for real and is playing with great confidence, especially after beating Kentucky on the road. The Alabama Crimson Tide are really inconsistent and need a win like this if they're going to save their season. The good news is Alabama plays its best ball at home where its shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and allowing just 67 points per game. This is a winnable contest for Alabama, and you get the feeling the Vols are getting a little too much love from oddmakers with this winnings stretch they're on. I'll take the free bucket.

Pick:
Alabama Crimson Tide +2.5

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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