Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Colorado Buffaloes
The Alabama Crimson Tide is 2-point favorites over the Colorado Buffaloes in the 2nd game of the NIT semi-finals.Â The over/under total for the game is set at 143.
Colorado stormed through three games at home to reach this point, and it definitely has proven worthy of being here in the NIT’s version of the Final Four. The offense has come alive again, putting up at least 81 in all three games. That gives the Buffaloes a scoring average of 83.7 points per game over the course of their last nine games, including the NIT and the Big XII Tournament. This is still one of the best offenses nationally, ranking No. 11 in the land at 80.1 points per game for the season. Colorado is shooting 47.5 percent from the field as a team, and 37.4 percent from beyond the 3-point line. It also makes teams pay at the foul line, where it ranks No. 5 in the land at 77.6 percent as a team. Alec Burks has been on absolute fire of late. Since the Big XII Tournament, he has averaged 25.5 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game, and he also has 14 steals to show for his work defensively.
Alabama is licking wounds sustained by being left out of the NCAA Tournament. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, New Mexico Lobos and Miami Hurricanes never stood a chance of coming into Alabama and winning in the NIT. JaMychal Green hasn’t had the best tournament in the world with the 14 points he scored against Miami last week was his best performance of the NIT, but he could be rejuvenated by the decision he made to come back to school for his senior season. Green is averaging 15.4 points per game, and he is the man that really has to step up to the plate to bring this team to a championship level in this tournament.
This should be quite the interesting contrast between these two sides, as Colorado obviously loves to get up and run, while Alabama is holding teams under 60 PPG for the season.Â My play for this game will be the under 142, as I believe the game will be played at Alabamas tempo.Â Plus, both teams may be a little nervous in the beginning playing at Madison Square Garden.