Auburn at Alabama: 3/2/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Alabama Crimson Tide (19-6) vs Auburn Tigers (12-13)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Alabama Crimson Tide -12 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Auburn Tigers will travel to Coleman Coliseum to take on the 8th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Auburn Tigers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 12-13 on the season after upsetting the 25th ranked Tennessee Volunteers, 77-72, this past Saturday. Auburn led by a 34-30 margin at halftime and was able to pull away late in the 2nd half for the victory after taking a 62-55 lead with 6:38 left in regulation. Auburn shot 40.0% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc while Tennessee shot 41.3% from the field and 39.3% from beyond the arc. Auburn outrebounded Tennessee by a 41-34 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 13-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Allen Flanigan who had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Auburn is averaging 77.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Auburn has been led by Sharife Cooper (20.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 8.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Allen Flanigan (14.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.0 apg), Jaylin Williams (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 bpg), & JT Thor (9.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 bpg).
Defensively, Auburn is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -2.1.
The 8th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 19-6 on the season after defeating the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 64-59, this past Saturday. Alabama was able to overcome an uncharacteristically bad night on the offensive end behind a solid defensive effort and held on late after taking a 52-41 lead with 11:34 left in regulation. Alabama shot 32.3% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc while Mississippi State shot 40.7% from the field and 8.3% from beyond the arc. Alabama outrebounded Mississippi State by a 45-40 margin and won the turnover battle by a 16-14 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Crimson Tide was Jahvon Quinerly who had 19 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Alabama is averaging 79.6 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide are averaging 10.7 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Alabama has been led by Jaden Shackelford (14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), John Petty Jr. (12.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Jahvon Quinerly (12.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.9 apg), & Herbert Jones (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 70.4 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide have a rebound margin of 1.8 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Tigers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Crimson Tide are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Alabama was able to put an explanation point on a great regular season after clinching the regular season SEC Championship this past weekend and has been led this season but their explosive offense that ranks 29th in scoring offense & 4th in three-pointers made per game. Auburn also have had an explosive offense led by Sharife Cooper and come into this game ranked 43rd in scoring offense & 34th in three-pointers made per game, however, the Tigers have been hurt by their non-existing defense which ranks 302nd in scoring defense. Auburn has allowed 83.0 ppg over their last 4 games and as I expect more of a fast-pace, up-and-down style of game and that I think Auburn can have some success offensively on the road in this one, I think the best play here is to take the Over. Good Luck!