The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Tennessee Volunteers look for their first SEC conference college basketball win of the year as they face off on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide are -4 point favorites over the Vols with an over/under point total set 120.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have now lost three of their last four games including a 16 point loss to Missouri in their SEC opener. Alabama kept it close against Mizzou most of the way but in the end their road record dropped to 1-3 overall this season. As a team Alabama is averaging 65.7 points, 11.8 assists, and they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.6 points, 11 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Trevor Releford is averaging 16.4 points, Trevor Lacey is averaging 12.3 points, and Rodney Cooper is averaging 12.2 points. Alabama looks to be in for a much longer year than they had anticipated.
The Tennessee Volunteers have now lost their last two games and what looked like a promising team will look to avoid sliding out of contention for a post season berth. The Vols are 0-2 on the road this season and they have played the 57th ranked schedule overall but they simply looked lost getting routed at home by Ole Miss in the SEC opener. As a team Tennessee is averaging 65.2 points, 10.5 assists, and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.3 points, 10.2 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Jordan McCrae is averaging 12.7 points, Jarnell Stokes is averaging 11.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Trae Golden is averaging 11.4 points and 4.2 assists. Tennessee needs a big win get their momentum moving in the right direction.
Alabama is 6-13 against the spread following a game they didn’t cover the spread, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall. Tennessee is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 8-3 against the spread against the SEC, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The road team has covered the spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.
We are getting nice value on Tennessee here as it isn’t just too many points, they could win outright.
Tennessee Volunteers +4 Alabama Crimson Tide