Alabama Crimson Tide (`10-5) vs Tennessee Volunteers (15-1)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Thomas Boling Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers
The Alabama Crimson Tide will travel to Thomas Boling Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, for an SEC Showdown with the third-ranked Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Tennessee continues to illustrate its dominance on a nightly basis on both ends of the floor as they were able to hang 106 points on their last opponent in the Arkansas Razorbacks in their last time out. In other words, the Volunteers were on fire from the field as they shot 50% from the floor as well as 61% from three-point range as Lamont Turner led the team with 21 points off the bench while Jordan Bowden along with Grant Williams chipped in 19 and 18 points, respectively, in the win.
On the other hand, the Alabama Crimson Tide are experiencing a bit of turbulence at this time of the season as they are losers of two straight games after falling to the Texas A&M Aggies by one point in their last outing as Alabama relinquished an 11-point halftime lead only to be outscored by a 49-37 margin by the Aggies in the second half en route to their second straight game to which they allowed at least 80 points to their opponent.
Alabama Crimson Tide's Latest Performance :
As stated, the Alabama Crimson Tide have lost their last two games as their defense, which has allowed opponents 74 points per game on 45% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis, is now allowing opponents to score an average of 84 points during their current two-game skid. Their last loss came at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies at home as Texas A&M was able to rally in the second half from a nine-point halftime deficit in which to outscore the home team in the second half led by Josh Nebo with 21 points off the bench as he also pulled down seven rebounds in the victory.
And while Alabama’s greedy defense held Texas A&M to just 43% shooting from the field on the night, the Crimson Tide shot just 41% from the field while connecting on 10 of 27 3-point attempts. Reserve Josh Petty also had an outstanding game for the home team as he scored 22 points for going 6-11 from three-point range to provide a huge lift to the Alabama squad. Leading scorer for the season in Kira Lewis Jr went just 5-9 from the floor on the night while ending with 14 points for the Crimson Tide, who has not been known as an offensive juggernaut by any stretch in 2018-19.
Nonetheless, the Crimson Tide will look to put in a much better performance versus a Tennessee Volunteers team that is clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately for Alabama, they have not performed well in their last three games as they are losers of two of these contests.Nonetheless, when one considers that Tennessee is averaging 100 points in their last five home games, there is certainly not much room for error for the Crimson Tide in this matchup in which to win.
Tennessee Volunteers's Latest Performance :
In all, Tennessee simply looks unstoppable at this point in the season as they have certainly excelled in the opening stages of their conference slate in picking up a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in their last time out as the team had great offensive halves throughout the contest en route to shooting a tad over 52% from the floor on the night while connecting on 11 of 18 3-point attempts. Lamont Turner was the player of the night for Tennessee as he came off the bench in which the score 21 points while going 3-4 from long-range to lead the team. Jordan Bowden along with Grant Williams chipped in 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the volunteers while Admiral Schofield also chipped in 17 points is he went 3-4 from three-point range as well.
On the other hand, Tennessee’s defense was not as sharp as usual in allowing 48% shooting to the high-scoring Arkansas Razorbacks in this contest; However, the Volunteers were able to convert on 35 of 39 free throws on the night, which certainly gave them a huge advantage over a team that went just 13 of 22 from the charity stripe for the contest in the Razorbacks. Arkansas was led by Isaiah Hue who finish the game with 23 points while going 7-13 from the field as the Razorbacks fell to 10th in the SEC with the loss. On the other hand, Tennessee continues to man the top spot within the Southeastern Conference and will certainly be looking to pick up yet another home victory vs an Alabama team that has fallen on hard times recently.
How Alabama Crimson Tide & Tennessee Volunteers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Alabama is 5 – 9 – 1 ATS while the OU is 12 – 2
Tennessee is 9 – 5 – 1 ATS while the OU is 9 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for Tennessee to establish themselves on a defensive end of the floor, first and foremost, versus an Alabama team that has proven to have its fair share of struggles in scoring consistently on the offensive end. Once this has been accomplished, the Volunteers will begin to pick up the pace on the offensive end in which to wear down a defense for Alabama, which has been their saving grace throughout the season. In all, one has to wonder how long Alabama will remain competitive in this contest without the ability to obtain quality looks at the basket.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Tennessee Volunteers
My reason for the pick :
While Alabama will certainly come to play on the defensive end of the floor in this contest, look for the Tennessee Volunteers to wear down this team throughout the duration of this contest in which to pick up yet another conference victory. As stated, Tennessee will be looking to maintain their top seeded position within the Southeastern Conference. With that being the case, their ability to continue to win will certainly afford them the ability to obtain a bit of separation from themselves as well as the rest of the pack.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as while I happen to believe that Tennessee will certainly put some points on the board in this contest, look for the Alabama defense to perform very well in this contest as they are well aware that their offense may indeed struggle for yet another outing versus a Tennessee defense that has not allowed opponents to score many points thus far in the season. With that being the case, I expect this to be a highly competitive conference matchup against these two SEC teams as Tennessee will pull out a victory in the end.
Betting trends for Alabama Crimson Tide:
- Crimson Tide of 4-2 against the spread in last 6 games
- The over is 9-1 in Crimson Tide last 10 games
Betting trends for Tennessee Volunteers:
- The Volunteers are 5-0 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 4-1 in Volunteers Last 5 games