Alabama at Tennessee - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Alabama at Tennessee - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide (16-15) at Tennessee Volunteers (17-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5

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The Alabama Crimson Tide (16-15, 8-10 CONF) and the Tennessee Volunteers (17-14, 9-9 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 12th for the 2nd Round of the SEC Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site location at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 PM ET start time. 

Alabama dropped a road game to Missouri, 69-50, in their last game of the regular season. Alabama has now lost three of its last four games, including a bad home loss to Vanderbilt. Tennessee ended its regular season with an 85-63 home loss to Auburn on March 7th. Tennessee was able to upset Kentucky on the road on March 3rd, so their hopes are high heading into this tourney. 

Alabama scores 82.0 points per game on 43.7 percent field goal shooting this season. Alabama’s leading scorer is G Kira Lewis Jr., who scores 18.5 points per game. The leading rebounder for Alabama is John Petty Jr., who earns 6.6 rebounds per game. Alabama allows 79.0 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +3.0 scoring differential so far this season. Alabama also earns 39.4 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 4.4 blocks, and 6.3 steals per game as a team. 

Tennessee scores 67.1 points per game on 43.2 percent field goal shooting this season. Tennessee’s leading scorer and rebounder is F John Fulkerson, who scores 13.7 points per game and earns 5.9 rebounds per game. Tennessee allows 64.2 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +2.9 scoring differential so far this season. Tennessee also earns 34.5 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 5.6 blocks, and 6.0 steals per game as a team. 

Alabama is 19-12 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Alabama is also 3-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. Tennessee is 14-17 against the spread this season 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Tennessee is also 2-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season.

Alabama can score, while Tennessee's offense has been inconsistent this season. Alabama lost by only one point to Tennessee earlier in the year, and at a neutral site, I like their chances to pick up the win in the conference tournament. I will take Alabama and the 1.5.

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Ronald’s Pick Alabama +1.5

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