Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky Wildcats
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa in SEC college basketball action. The Wildcats are -3.5 point favorites over the Crimson Tide with an over/under point total set at 129.5.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have won three games in a row and are tied for third place in the SEC. Alabama is 7-3 at home this season, 3-1 in the SEC, and they have played the 30th ranked schedule in the nation. As a team Alabama is averaging 65.5 points, 11.8 assists, and they are shooting 45.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.1 points, 10.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Trevor Lacey is averaging 12.5 points, Trevor Releford is averaging 16.2 points, and Rodney Cooper is averaging 11.6 points. Alabama fought hard on Saturday for the win and they are well prepared to do so when needed this season.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 3-1 in the SEC this season and while a week ago they were looking like a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament they are now playing their best basketball of the season. Kentucky is 2-2 on the road this season and they have played the 53rd ranked schedule in the country. As a team Kentucky is averaging 77.1 points, 15.7 assists, and they are shooting 48.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.7 points, 10.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 38.3 percent. Archie Goodwin is averaging 15 points, Alex Poythress is averaging 13.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, and Nerlens Noel is averaging 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds. Kentucky has the talent to play with anyone and with no dominant team in the nation it isn’t too late for UK.
Alabama is 2-6 against the spread against the SEC, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games overall, and 0-7 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Kentucky is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games. 11-4 against the spread following a cover, and 1-6 against the spread against the SEC. The road team has covered in five of the last six meetings of these two.
The total seems to be a little low here and I am going to go with the over.