Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Florida Gators and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Saturday in a SEC college basketball match up. The Gators are -16.5 point favorites over the Crimson Tide.
The Florida Gators are coming off of a loss on the road at Tennessee in a game where they trailed most of the way. Florida is looking for a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament but they are 12-3 in the SEC, 13-0 at home, and they are in first place in the conference standings. As a team UF is averaging 73.1 points, 15.8 assists, and they are shooting 49 percent while defensively they are allowing 53.5 points, 10.1 assists, and their opponents are shooting 37.5 percent. Mike Rosario is averaging 13.1 points, Kenny Boynton is averaging 12.5 points, Erik Murphy is averaging 12.3 points, and Patric Young is averaging 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds. Florida is trying to play their way into a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have won five of their last six games as they try an play their way into solidly being in the NCAA Tournament. Alabama is 11-4 in the SEC, 4-6 on the road this season, and they haven’t played a team ranked in the top 25 all season. As a team Bama is averaging 63.5 points, 11 assists, and they are shooting 43.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 58.2 points, 10.1 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.3 percent. Trevor Releford is averaging 15.6 points, Trevor Lacey is averaging 11.9 points, and Rodney cooper is averaging 11 points. Alabama has a 62 RPI and a 101 strength of schedule both of which are working against them.
Florida is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-6 against the spread following a loss. Alabama is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 1-6 against the spread following a game where they covered the point spread. The road team has covered the spread in seven of the last eight meetings of these two.
Florida is laying a bundle here and this series hasn’t been kind to the home team nor the favorite but the Gators have been drilling teams at home this year and we have to think they do it again here.
Florida Gators -16.5 Alabama Crimson Tide