Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 1/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky (+8.5)
The Kentucky Wildcats (5-9) travel to Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (13-3). Kentucky opens this contest as 8.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 144.5.
Kentucky steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 5-9 so far this year. They average 68.1 pts per contest (260th in the country) while shooting 41.9% from the field. The Wildcats are shooting 28.2% on 3-pointers (68 of 241) and 70.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Kentucky is snagging 39.4 boards per contest and has accounted for 158 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 208th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 14.9 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.1 turnovers per game and they draw 18.4 personal fouls. They rank 184th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 167 conceded for the season. The Wildcats defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 40.4% (347 of 858) and they surrender 35.4 rebounds per game as a unit. They are surrendering 30.3% on 3-point attempts and they are 125th in college basketball in PPG allowed (68.1).
The Kentucky Wildcats faced the LSU Tigers and took home the win by a score of 82-69 in their last contest. Kentucky finished the game having earned a 42.2% field goal percentage (27 out of 64) and made 7 of 26 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 21 of their 26 attempts for a percentage of 80.8%. With respect to rebounding, they earned a total of 46 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 15 assists in this matchup while earning 3 steals and 4 blocks. In relation to defense, Kentucky allowed the other team to go 42.2% from the field on 27 out of 64 shooting. LSU earned 6 dimes and had 3 steals in this game. Moreover, the Tigers grabbed 27 rebounds (9 offensive, 18 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. LSU went 68.2% from the free throw line by burying 15 of their 22 attempts. They also made 4 of their 23 attempts from 3-point range.
Brandon Boston is one guy who was a contributor for the game. He accumulated 18 points on 7 of 17 shooting. He played 34 mins played and also collected 6 rebounds. Boston ended up shooting 41.2% from the field and also earned 3 assists. Another guy that was a factor in the game for the Wildcats was Keion Brooks. He collected 9 boards and earned 2 dimes. He finished shooting 62.5% from the floor for this game by connecting on 5-of-8 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, Brooks saw the court for 30 minutes.
Alabama has a mark of 13-3 on the campaign. Alabama has 1,308 points this year (81.8 per game) and they grab 40.6 boards per game. The Crimson Tide commit 18.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 69.9% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Crimson Tide are shooting 43.9% from the field, which has them ranked 202nd in college basketball. They are earning an assist 14.6 times per game (103rd in college hoops) and they turn it over 13.6 times per contest. The Crimson Tide are ranked 193rd in college basketball in PPG allowed with 70.6. They are able to force 15.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.4% from the floor (59th in college basketball). The Alabama defense gives up 29.7% on shots from distance (104 of 350) and opponents are making 69.2% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 10.6 dimes and 39.1 boards per game, which ranks 38th and 318th in Division 1.
In their last game, the Alabama Crimson Tide took home the win by a final score of 81-73 when they faced the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide snagged 22 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 29 in this matchup. They also rejected 6 attempts while recording 13 steals in this game. The Bulldogs had 12 fouls for this game which took the Crimson Tide to the free throw line for a total of 13 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a rate of 84.6%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Alabama made 14 of 34 attempts (41.2%). When all was said and done, the Crimson Tide shot 28 for 61 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.9%. The Crimson Tide permitted the Bulldogs to bury 27 out of 61 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 44.3% in this game. They went 28.6% from behind the 3-point line by going 4 of 14 and finished the contest at 15 of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). In the matter of team rebounding, Alabama permitted Mississippi State to collect 29 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Herbert Jones ended up having an impact for the Crimson Tide in this contest. He knocked down 5 out of 8 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 62.5%, which had him finishing with 17 points. Jones snagged 5 rebounds in his 37 mins and had 7 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Alabama was Joshua Primo. He notched 16 points in 23 minutes played via 6 out of 9 from the floor for this contest. Primo ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor as well as totaling 2 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Alabama (-8.5)
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