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Go With Tennessee To Cover in SEC Clash with Alabama

It doesn’t get much bigger than this when it comes to early March basketball in the SEC with co-leaders Tennessee and Alabama sharing the court in Tuscaloosa.

When Tennessee won 91-71 at home on Jan. 20 as the 5½-point favorite according to the BetUS sportsbook. It was the Volunteers’ second straight win over Alabama after the Crimson Tide won the previous three matchups. Alabama has won seven of the last nine home games against Tennessee but has covered in five of those matchups.

Go With Tennessee To Cover in SEC Clash with Alabama
Go With Tennessee To Cover in SEC Clash with Alabama

The previous six games between the Volunteers and the Crimson Tide had been decided by single digits before Tennessee’s 20-point win. The Crimson Tide is listed by the college basketball spread as a 4-point favorite.

Tennessee is priced at -130 and Alabama is at -110 in the odds of winning the SEC title heading into this huge matchup.

Tennessee moved up one spot to No. 4 in both national polls while Alabama is 13th in the USA Today coaches poll and 14th in The Associated Press poll.

In the odds of winning March Madness, Tennessee leads all SEC teams at +1400 in the odds of winning the national championship while Alabama comes in third at +2500. The Volunteers are fifth and the Crimson Tide sixth in the NCAA NET rankings so both teams have their sights set on a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament bracket.

Keep on reading for more on the matchup between Tennessee and Alabama.

 

Tennessee vs Alabama Game Information

  1. Game: Tennessee 22-6 (12-3 SEC) vs Alabama (20-8, 12-3 SEC)
  2. Date/Time: Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. ET
  3. Location: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL
  4. Tennessee vs Alabama Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Alabama is 14-1 at home. The Crimson Tide leads the SEC with an 11-3 record against the spread as the home favorite. Tennessee is 6-3 on the road and 1-1 ATS as a road underdog.

 

Alabama is priced at -171 to win the game outright with the Volunteers at +149 on the moneyline in the Las Vegas odds.

 

Tennessee vs Alabama Odds and Spreads


 

  1. Tennessee has covered in four of its last six games against Alabama.
  2. Alabama is 19-2 as the favorite this season.
  3. Tennessee has dropped three of its four games when listed as the underdog.
  4. The Volunteers are 3-6 against the spread on the road.
  5. Alabama has covered in 11 of its 14 home contests.
  6. Seven of Tennessee’s nine road games went over the total.
  7. Alabama has seen 10 of 14 home games go over the total.
  8. The Crimson Tide is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 games..

 

Tennessee vs Alabama ATS Pick: Tennessee +4 (-110)

There is little doubt that Tennessee is a much better team at home than on the road. However, it is hard to look at what happened the last time these teams met and think that the visiting Volunteers can’t at least make this a one-possession game.

When making college basketball picks, keep in mind that Tennessee is 4-3 when facing ranked teams. Alabama is 2-6 against teams in the Top 25 in The Associated Press poll and 1-6 when meeting up with top 25 squads in the USA Today coaches poll.

Guard Latrell Wrightsell, one of five Alabama players to average at least 20 minutes per game, has missed the last three games and is questionable for the game.

 

Tennessee vs Alabama Over/Under Pick: Under 171 (-110)

None of Saturday’s college basketball games have a higher total than the 171-point total for this matchup. Keep that in mind when looking at the best college basketball bets today.

Alabama is the top-scoring team in the country and has set the SEC record for the most 100-point games in a season. Tennessee can score as well, especially when the ball is in the hands of Dalton Knecht. The Volunteers dropped 92 on Arkansas in their most recent game.

Alabama leads the country in offensive efficiency according to the Pomeroy college basketball ratings. The other number to consider is the Crimson Tide’s defensive efficiency rating of 101.

Buckle up because this could be a fun game unless you happen to be the scoreboard operator.

 

Tennessee vs Alabama Player Prop Pick: Dalton Knecht to score 23+ Points (-126)

Knecht didn’t shoot the well the last time Tennessee played Alabama. He was 8-of-20 from the field. However, he still finished with 25 points. He is coming off a 39-point effort against a ranked Auburn team. Don’t look for Knecht to score 39 again but the -126 odds for him to have at least 23 points are rather tempting. He has been delivering on player prop bets all season and is a solid pick once again.

 

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Tennessee vs Alabama Prediction

Tennessee 88, Alabama 86

 

 

Questions of the Day

Which team has fared better against the spread heading into the Tennessee-Alabama matchup?


Alabama is tied for second among SEC teams with a 17-11 record against the spread while Tennessee is 14-13-1 against the Las Vegas odds.

What is the best player prop option for Alabama against Tennessee?


Mark Sears has at least 20 points in 10 of his last 11 games so keep an eye on the -121 odds for Sears to have at least 21 points or perhaps take a chance on the +123 payout for him to score 23 points or more.

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