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Grand Canyon vs Alabama Round 2 College Basketball Tourney Picks

In what’s shaping up to be an exciting West Region showdown in Sunday’s March Madness bracket, the No. 4 seed Alabama Crimson Tide will face off against the No. 12 seed Grand Canyon Antelopes in the Round of 32. NCAAB betting odds suggest a high-scoring affair, with a significant total set by oddsmakers hinting at an action-packed game.

In its first tournament game, Alabama soared past Charleston, eclipsing an Over/Under set at a historic 172.5 points – the highest for an NCAA Tournament game – with a final score of 109-96 on Friday.

Grand Canyon vs Alabama Round 2 College Basketball Tourney Picks
Jarin Stevenson #15 Of The Alabama Crimson Tide / Steph Chambers / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Via Afp

On the other hand, Grand Canyon secured a surprising victory over Saint Mary’s, outpacing the defensively oriented team in a stunning upset as 5.5-point underdogs. This proved the Antelopes’ capability to disrupt traditional game plans while ruining many March Madness bracket predictions.

 

Game Information

  • Game: Grand Canyon (30-4) vs. Alabama (22-11)
  • Location: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, WA
  • Day/Time: Sunday, March 24, 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Grand Canyon vs Alabama Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Grand Canyon (30-4) will face Alabama at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday (22-11). The game will start at 7:10 p.m.ET and be broadcast on TBS

Grand Canyon vs. Alabama Odds and Spreads


ATS Pick: Grand Canyon +6 (-110)

Grand Canyon showcased their adaptability and aggressive style in their surprising win over Saint Mary’s, pushing the pace and exploiting the paint to score 47 second-half points. This demonstration of offensive power against a top defense highlights their ability to dictate the game’s flow, even as a lower seed.

Now, facing Alabama, Grand Canyon will encounter a team that thrives on fast-paced play, ranking in the Top 10 for tempo and offensive efficiency. Unlike their defensive stance against Saint Mary’s, Grand Canyon will need to leverage its commendable defensive prowess, especially around the rim, to counter Alabama’s attack-heavy strategy.

While prolific on offense, Alabama shows vulnerabilities in defense, ranking 117th in efficiency. This weakness presents an opportunity for Grand Canyon to exploit, especially in transition and by utilizing Grant-Foster’s skills.

I want to trust the ’lopes enough to bet online in favor of an outright upset, but Alabama is a more formidable opponent that plays at a lightning-fast pace. However, Grand Canyon did enough for me to be on board with it to cover the NCAAB spread on Sunday against the Crimson Tide.

 

 

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Score Prediction

Alabama 80, Grand Canyon 78

 

 

Questions of the Day

What is the furthest Grand Canyon has gone in the NCAA Tournament?


Sunday will be the Antelopes’ furthest in the NCAA Tournament, having won their first March Madness game in school history on Friday night.

Who will lead GCU vs ALA in scoring?


Alabama’s Mark Sears is a great NCAAB pick to lead all scorers on Sunday night. The 14th-ranked scorer is averaging 21.4 PPG this season and dropped 30 on Charleston on Friday.

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