Alabama Crimson Tide vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 1/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Alabama (+1.5)
The Kentucky Wildcats (4-6) host the Alabama Crimson Tide (9-3) at Rupp Arena on Tuesday. Alabama opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 145.
Alabama steps onto the court with a record of 9-3 so far this year. They are averaging 78.9 points per outing (67th in the country) while hitting 42.1% from the floor. The Crimson Tide are shooting 32.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (113 of 351) and 68.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Alabama is pulling down 41.3 boards per game and has tallied 160 assists on the year, which is 87th in D-1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 13.4 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.8 personal fouls every game. Defensively, the Crimson Tide are able to force 15.8 turnovers per game while drawing 20.3 fouls. They give up 31.6% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 211th in college basketball in points per game allowed (71.5). The Crimson Tide defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.5% (307 of 740) and they surrender 39.2 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 223rd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 138 relinquished so far this year.
The Alabama Crimson Tide took the court against the Auburn Tigers and earned the victory with a final of 94-90 in their last game. Alabama finished the contest having earned a 41.1% field goal percentage (30 out of 73) and made 10 of 32 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Crimson Tide buried 24 of their 29 attempts for a rate of 82.8%. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they collected 38 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 14 dimes in this contest as well as having 15 steals and 5 blocks. Regarding defending, Alabama allowed their opponent to shoot 41.1% from the floor on 30 of 73 shooting. Auburn doled out 17 dimes and had 9 steals for this game. In addition, the Tigers grabbed 34 boards (6 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Auburn shot 85.7% from the free throw line by making 24 of 28 attempts. They knocked down 8 of their 27 attempts from three-point range.
Joshua Primo is a player who played a role in this matchup. He ended up scoring 22 points on 5 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes played and also collected 5 rebounds. Primo finished the game at 29.4% from the floor and also dished out 3 assists. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Crimson Tide was Jordan Bruner. He grabbed 7 rebounds and collected 4 dimes. He ended up shooting 58.3% from the field in the matchup by going 7-of-12 (20 points). Overall, Bruner saw the court for 26 minutes.
Kentucky has a win-loss record of 4-6 on the season. As an offensive team, the Wildcats are shooting 42.8% from the floor, which is 256th in Division 1. Kentucky has accounted for 685 pts this year (68.5 per contest) and they pull in 38.2 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 11.8 times per game (273rd in D-1) and they cough up possession 14.5 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 18.1 personal fouls per game and they hit 69.3% from the charity stripe. The Wildcats defensively are ranked 108th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 67.1. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.5% from the floor (79th in college basketball). The Kentucky defense gives up 30.8% on shots from distance (65 of 211) and their opposition knocks down 68.9% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 12.3 dimes and 35.1 boards every game, which is ranked 140th and 176th in college hoops.
In their last game, the Kentucky Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 76-58 against the Florida Gators. The Wildcats corralled 23 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 26 for this contest. They also stuffed 7 shots while earning 10 steals for the matchup. The Gators committed 12 personal fouls in this contest which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 13 shots. They were able to knock down 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 92.3%. When it comes to three-point shots, Kentucky knocked down 6 out of 13 tries (46.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Wildcats finished 29 for 52 from the floor which had them sitting at 55.8%. The Wildcats allowed the Gators to bury 21 out of their 56 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 37.5% for the matchup. They finished 45.0% from downtown by connecting on 9 of 20 and ended up shooting 7 of 13 at the charity stripe (53.8%). In reference to how they rebounded, Kentucky permitted Florida to get 28 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Davion Mintz pitched in for the Wildcats in the matchup. He knocked down 5 out of 7 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 71.4%, which gave him 13 points. Mintz pulled down 2 rebounds in his 36 minutes and had 3 dimes for the matchup. Someone else who came through for Kentucky was Brandon Boston. He notched 13 points in 28 minutes on the hardwood by going 3 of 8 shooting for the matchup. Boston walked away from this one going 37.5% from the floor while also earning 3 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kentucky (-1.5)
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