Houston Cougars vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 12/11/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
The Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) host the Houston Cougars (8-1) at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday.
The Houston Cougars took the court against Alcorn State and earned the victory with a final of 77-45 in their last contest. Houston wrapped up the game with a 47.4% field goal percentage (27 of 57) and knocked down 7 of 23 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Cougars made 16 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 76.2%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 36 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 18 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and having 14 steals. Regarding defense, Houston allowed the other team to go 31.3% from the floor on 15 out of 48 shooting. Alcorn State recorded 4 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. Additionally, Alcorn State grabbed 27 rebounds (9 offensive, 18 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Alcorn State went 55.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 20 shots. They also buried 4 out of their 19 attempts from three-point range. In regard to fouls, the Cougars left the arena with 18 while Alcorn State accumulated 17 fouls.
Marcus Sasser is someone who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 17 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29 minutes played and snagged 4 rebounds. He ended up going 45.5% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes.
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Houston heads into this game with a win-loss record of 8-1 for the campaign. They turn it over 10.7 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 16.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Houston is collecting 38.9 rebounds per game and has accounted for 151 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 40th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Cougars are shooting 38.4% on shots from beyond the arc (83 of 216) and 65.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 80.8 pts per contest (43rd in Division 1) while hitting 49.6% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Cougars are forcing 17.3 turnovers every game while drawing 16.7 personal fouls. They give up 27.6% on 3-pointers while they are 2nd in Division 1 in points per game allowed (53.4). The Cougars defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 35.7% (164 of 460) and they relinquish 30.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 60th in college basketball in giving up assists with 88 relinquished on the year.
The last time they took the court, the Alabama Crimson Tide took home the win by a final score of 91-82 when they played Gonzaga. When it comes to attacking the glass, Alabama allowed Gonzaga to collect 39 in total (12 on the offensive side). They finished 39.1% from 3-point land via 9 out of 23 and finished the contest at 13 out of 25 from the charity stripe (52.0%). The Crimson Tide permitted Gonzaga to make 30 of 67 attempts from the floor which had them at 44.8% in this contest. Overall, the Crimson Tide ended up shooting 31 for 72 from the field which had them shooting 43.1%. In reference to shots from beyond the perimeter, Alabama knocked down 13 of their 34 tries (38.2%). They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 72.7%. Gonzaga committed 15 fouls in the matchup which took the Crimson Tide to the charity stripe for a total of 22 attempts. They also gave up possession 12 times, while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The Crimson Tide corralled 30 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 39 in the matchup.
Jaden Shackelford ended up being important for the Crimson Tide in this contest. He earned 28 points in his 38 minutes on the court and earned 2 assists for this game. He knocked down 10 out of 16 in the matchup for a rate of 62.5%, and had 9 rebounds.
Alabama has a mark of 7-1 for the season. As an offense, the Crimson Tide are connecting on 47.7% from the field, which is ranked 59th in the nation. Alabama has tallied 691 pts this season (86.4 per game) and they average 43.3 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 15.1 times per contest (73rd in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per game. The Crimson Tide have committed 18.0 fouls per contest while shooting 66.0% from the free throw line.
The Alabama defense gives up 27.0% from downtown (50 of 185) and their opponents are converting on 62.0% of their foul shots. They concede 10.4 dimes and 34.9 boards every game, which ranks 59th and 186th in college basketball. The Crimson Tide on the defensive side of the court are 237th in college basketball in PPG given up with 71.0. They have forced 13.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the floor (148th in college basketball).
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