Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 2/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
The Kentucky Wildcats (18-4) are traveling to Coleman Coliseum on Saturday where they will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide (14-8).
The Kentucky Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against Vanderbilt and earned the victory with a final of 77-70 in their last game. In relation to fouls, the Wildcats ended up with 17 and Vanderbilt accounted for 25 fouls. They also converted 7 of 16 tries from beyond the arc. Vanderbilt finished the game shooting 65.2% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of 23 attempts. Additionally, Vanderbilt totaled 34 rebounds (5 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't have a block. Vanderbilt earned 8 dimes and had 5 steals in this contest. In regard to defense, Kentucky allowed 46.2% from the field on 24 out of 52 shooting. They also doled out 16 assists for the matchup while forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In the matter of rebounding, they collected 29 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Wildcats converted 25 of their 35 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. Kentucky finished having earned a 38.6% FG percentage (22 of 57) and converted 8 out of their 18 shots from 3-point land.
Davion Mintz is a player who was important for the game. He racked up 21 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 minutes and grabbed 3 rebounds. He finished shooting 54.5% from the floor and distributed 2 assists.
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Kentucky heads into this one with a record of 18-4 on the campaign. They average 81.9 points per contest (9th in the nation) while shooting 49.3% from the field. The Wildcats are connecting on 35.3% from downtown (144 of 408) and 73.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, Kentucky is pulling in 41.1 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 373 assists on the campaign, which ranks 12th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 11.9 times per contest and as a unit they commit 14.2 fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are able to force 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 15.3 fouls. They concede 30.7% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 63rd in Division 1 in PPG allowed (64.4). The Wildcats defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 40.9% (528 of 1,291) and they surrender 29.2 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 117th in college basketball in giving up assists with 240 relinquished for the campaign.
For their last game, the Alabama Crimson Tide took a loss by a score of 100-81 when they faced Auburn. Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Alabama permitted Auburn to snag 44 in total (10 on the offensive glass). They finished the game shooting 23.8% from 3-point land by going 5 of 21 and finished the game at 31 of 39 at the free throw line (79.5%). The Crimson Tide allowed Auburn to bury 32 out of 66 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.5% in the game. When all was said and done, the Crimson Tide ended up shooting 25 for 70 from the field which had them shooting 35.7%. When discussing three-point attempts, Alabama made 14 of their 37 attempts (37.8%). They were able to convert 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 77.3%. Auburn committed 18 personal fouls in this contest which took the Crimson Tide to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They turned it over 10 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Crimson Tide corralled 22 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 35 for this game.
Jaden Shackelford was important for the Crimson Tide for the game. He racked up 26 points in his 35 mins on the court and earned 2 assists for this game. He buried 6 of 15 for this contest giving him a rate of 40.0%, and tallied 3 rebounds.
Alabama has a win-loss mark of 14-8 for the year. The Crimson Tide are committing 18.5 fouls every game and they go 71.7% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.4 times per game (104th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest. Alabama has scored 1,790 pts so far this year (81.4 per game) and they pull in 39.9 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Crimson Tide are hitting on 44.8% from the floor, which ranks 140th in the country.
The Alabama defense gives up 31.6% on 3-point attempts (161 of 510) and their opponents are connecting on 69.3% of their foul shots. They allow 11.9 dimes and 36.1 boards every game, which is 124th and 266th in college hoops. The Crimson Tide on the defensive side of the court are 325th in the country in PPG surrendered with 76.0. They are forcing 13.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.6% from the floor (220th in the nation).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kentucky
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