Florida Gators vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 1/5/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Gators vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Florida (+1)
The Alabama Crimson Tide (7-3) host the Florida Gators (5-1) at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday. Alabama opens this game as 1-point favorites. The total has been set at 155.5.
Florida enters this game with a record of 5-1 on the season. They are turning it over 14.8 times per game and as a team they are committing 22.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, Florida is pulling in 36.3 rebounds per game and has accumulated 77 assists for the season, which ranks 276th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Gators are hitting 36.2% on three-point attempts (42 of 116) and 75.0% from the free throw line. They average 82.8 points per game (34th in the country) on 50.6% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Gators are forcing 17.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. They give up 36.0% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 160th in the country in opponents points per game (68.8). The Gators defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 39.3% (131 of 333) and they surrender 31.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 54th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 70 relinquished on the campaign.
The Florida Gators faced off with the LSU Tigers and took home the win by a score of 83-79 in their last game. Florida wrapped up the game with a 50.0% FG percentage (29 of 58) and made 5 of their 21 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Gators converted 20 of 23 attempts for a percentage of 87.0%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they compiled 34 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 9 assists for the matchup while earning 5 steals and 2 blocks. In terms of defense, Florida let their opponent shoot 50.0% from the floor on 29 of 58 shooting. LSU totaled 9 assists and had 8 steals in this game. Moreover, the Tigers had 28 rebounds (13 offensive, 15 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. LSU walked away from this one shooting 88.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of their 25 attempts. They converted 7 of their 18 attempts from long range.
Colin Castleton is one player who was a factor in the game. He ended up finishing with 21 points on 7 out of 10 shooting. He played 19 mins and grabbed 6 boards. Castleton finished shooting 70.0% from the field and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Gators was Tre Mann. He grabbed 5 boards and also accounted for 2 assists. He ended up shooting 58.3% from the field in this game by going 7-of-12 (19 points). Overall, Mann was on the hardwood for 35 minutes.
Alabama has a win-loss record of 7-3 for the year. The Crimson Tide commit 18.2 fouls every game and they hit 66.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.4 times per contest (187th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game. Alabama has accounted for 767 pts for the campaign (76.7 per game) and they pull in 41.0 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Crimson Tide are connecting on 41.8% from the field, which has them ranked 275th in Division 1. The Crimson Tide on defense are ranked 175th in the nation in PPG allowed with 69.7. They have surrendered 10.7 dimes and 39.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 47th and 296th in Division 1. The Alabama defense gives up 30.7% on shots from 3-point land (70 of 228) and their opposition knocks down 65.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 15.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (107th in college hoops).
For their last game, the Alabama Crimson Tide walked away with a victory by a final of 71-63 when they played the Tennessee Volunteers. The Crimson Tide recorded 28 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 39 in this matchup. They also turned away 5 shots while getting 4 steals for this game. The Volunteers were called for 16 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Crimson Tide to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to make 9 of the free throws for a rate of 52.9%. Regarding 3-pointers, Alabama knocked down 10 of their 20 attempts (50.0%). Overall, the Crimson Tide shot 26 out of 62 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.9%. The Crimson Tide allowed the Volunteers to convert 21 of 66 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 31.8% for this contest. They finished 19.0% from distance by connecting on 4 out of 21 and finished the contest at 17 out of 26 at the free throw line (65.4%). When discussing how they rebounded, Alabama allowed Tennessee to snag 41 overall (17 on the offensive glass).
John Petty was important for the Crimson Tide in this game. He made 6 out of 7 for the game for a rate of 85.7%, which gave him 17 points. Petty had 6 rebounds in his 31 mins played and added 2 dimes for this contest. One more player that played a role for Alabama was Jahvon Quinerly. He racked up 12 points in 27 minutes on the court via 5 of 14 shooting in this game. Quinerly finished going 35.7% from the floor as well as contributing 5 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Alabama (-1)
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