Alabama Crimson Tide vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 12/10/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Houston Cougars
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Location: Fertitta Center in Houston, TX
The Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1) are headed to Fertitta Center on Saturday where they will take on the Houston Cougars (9-0).
The Alabama Crimson Tide stepped onto the hardwood against South Dakota State and notched a win by a score of 78-65 in their last contest. Alabama finished with a 39.7% field goal percentage (27 of 68) and made 13 of their 40 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Crimson Tide made 11 of 15 tries for a percentage of 73.3%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 43 with 14 of them being offensive. They also recorded 20 assists for the game while forcing 11 turnovers and having 5 steals. Regarding defense, Alabama allowed the other team to go 42.6% from the field on 26 out of 61 shooting. South Dakota State distributed 9 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. On top of that, South Dakota State grabbed 33 boards (5 offensive, 28 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. South Dakota State shot 63.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 7 of their 11 tries. They also buried 6 of their 20 attempts from long range. When discussing personal fouls, the Crimson Tide ended up walking away with 14 while South Dakota State finished the game with 16 personal fouls.
Mark Sears is a guy who was a contributor in the game. He was able to score 19 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He played for 31 minutes played and also snagged 1 board. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the field and distributed 3 dimes.
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Alabama heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 7-1 this year. They turn it over 16.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 19.8 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Alabama is grabbing 50.3 boards per game and has earned 128 assists on the campaign, which is 159th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Crimson Tide are shooting 35.1% from downtown (87 of 248) and 71.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 83.5 points per game (19th in D-1) while shooting 42.4% from the floor.
When they are on the defensive end, the Crimson Tide are forcing their opponents into 12.4 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 39th in college hoops in giving up assists with 85 relinquished for the year. The Crimson Tide defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 36.4% (191 of 525) and they relinquish 36.4 rebounds per game as a group. They concede 29.4% on 3-point attempts while they are 180th in D-1 in points per game allowed (68.5).
In their last game, the Houston Cougars took home the win by a final score of 76-42 against North Florida. The Cougars were able to collect 25 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards for a total of 42 for this contest. They turned it over 8 times, while recording 12 steals in the game. North Florida was called for 10 fouls for this game which got the Cougars to the free throw line for a total of 5 shots. They were able to make 4 of those for a rate of 80.0%. In regard to shots from downtown, Houston made 6 out of 20 tries (30.0%). In all, the Cougars finished the game shooting 33 out of 67 from the floor which had them shooting 49.3%. The Cougars allowed North Florida to knock down 14 of their 44 attempts from the field which had them shooting 31.8% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 37.5% from three-point range by shooting 9 of 24 and finished the contest at 5 out of 10 at the charity stripe (50.0%). Concerning team rebounding, Houston allowed North Florida to pull down 17 in total (5 offensive).
Jarace Walker ended up being a factor for the Cougars in the game. He accumulated 12 points in his 26 minutes on the hardwood and earned 3 dimes for the matchup. He converted 6 of 12 for the contest for a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 10 rebounds.
Houston has a record of 9-0 so far this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Cougars are hitting on 46.8% from the field, which has them ranked 100th in the nation. Houston has accumulated 674 points on the campaign (74.9 per game) and they pull in 40.4 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 14.7 times per contest (113th in the nation) and they are turning it over 10.2 times per game. The Cougars are committing 14.6 fouls every game and they go 71.9% from the free throw line.
The Cougars are ranked 1st in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 47.3. They are forcing 16.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 30.9% from the floor (1st in college basketball). The Houston defense gives up 22.9% on shots from 3-point land (49 of 214) and their opponents are converting on 67.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 8.0 assists and 32.3 boards on a nightly basis, which is 6th and 85th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Alabama
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