Alabama Crimson Tide vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the South Carolina Gamecocks battle it out on Saturday in Tuscaloosa in a SEC college hoops match up. The Crimson Tide are -12.5 point favorites over the Gamecocks.
The Alabama Crimson Tide were looking like a bubble team but now hey have won four of their last five games and appear to be playing their way into the NCAA Tournament. Alabama is 8-3 in the SEC, 10-3 at home this season, but they have a RPI of 59. As a team Alabama is averaging 62.1 points, 1 assists, and they are shooting 43.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 57.3 points, 9.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.1 percent. Trevor Releford is averaging 14.6 points, Trevor Lacey is averaging 11.8 points, and Rodney Cooper is averaging 10.8 points. Alabama looks to still have a lot of winnable games ahead but a stumble against a lesser team will cost them dearly.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are one of the worst teams in major conference college basketball this season playing a weak schedule and performing poorly against it. South Carolina is 2-9 in the SEC, 1-5 on the road this season, and they have lost five games in a row. As a team South Carolina is averaging 67.3 points, 12 assists, and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 68 points, 13 assists, and their opponents are shooting 44.4 percent. Brenton Williams is averaging 10 points, Bruce Ellington is averaging 9.9 points, and Brian Richardson is averaging 8.5 points. South Carolina is coming off of a 20-point home blowout loss to LSU.
Alabama is 4-1 against the spread following a win, 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, and 1-5 against the spread following a game in which they covered the spread. South Carolina is 3-8 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, 0-4 against the spread following a straight up loss, and 0-5 against the spread against the SEC. The hoe team is 8-3-2 against the spread in the last 13 meetings of these two.
I like Crimson Tide to win this by a large margin.
Alabama Crimson Tide -12.5 South Carolina Gamecocks