Alabama Crimson Tide (12-6) vs Baylor Bears (12-6)Date : 01/26/2019
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Baylor Bears
The Alabama Crimson Tide will travel to the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, in which to battle the Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in yet another SEC/ Big 12 battle. Baylor has picked up a huge amount of momentum recently in winning three straight games after picking up a victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers on the road as the Bears went up by 15 points at the half while cruising to victory behind 50% shooting for the game while the defense allowed West Virginia just 38% shooting, overall. Makai Mason went only 2-8 from long range yet finished with 28 points in going 10-16 from the floor on the night to lead the Bears in the victory.
The Crimson Tide lost three of their four games prior to their meeting with the Mississippi Rebels in their last time out. Nonetheless, when all was said and done, the Crimson Tide was able to dominate in just about every facet of the game as they took a 16-point lead at the half and never looked back as both team shot horrible from the floor, yet, Alabama was able to fare well from the free throw line while also outrebounding the Rebels throughout the duration of this contest. Finally, 16 turnovers by Mississippi certainly assisted the Crimson Tide in picking up their second win in just five games, overall.
Alabama Crimson Tide's Latest Performance :
The Alabama Crimson Tide was able to jump on Mississippi from the start of their matchup as they were able to post 42 points at the half, as stated, while allowing the Rebels just 26 points after the first half. Nonetheless, Alabama, despite shooting horribly from the floor at 38% for the night, held the Rebels to 40% shooting from the floor while the road team connected on 50% of their 14 attempts from the free-throw line. On the other hand, Alabama was able to convert 17 of 22 free throw attempts, which proved to be a key stat in them picking up the victory.
And while the Crimson Tide heavily outrebounded Mississippi during this contest, they were also able to capitalize on 16 turnovers en route to the victory. John Petty went 3-6 from long range while leading the Crimson Tide with 15 points while Donta Hall recorded a double-double with 11 points along with 12 rebounds for an Alabama team that continues to struggle on the offensive end, however, possess is one of the stingiest defenses in the nation, in my opinion.
The Crimson Tide are losers of two of their last three road games, however, in their last road game entailed them losing by three points to highly-ranked Tennessee on the road. Baylor on the other hand, has one for their last five games at Ferrell Center and will certainly be looking to pick up a huge, resume building win over Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
Baylor Bears 's Latest Performance :
Baylor has certainly rolled with the tide recently as their defense continues to be the tip of the spear in allowing them to pick up three straight victories in which to propel them to third place within the Big 12, overall. In their last outing versus the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Baylor Bears’ offense awakened in which to post 46 points in the first half while relegating the Mountaineers to just 31. In all, Baylor ended the game shooting 8 of 27 from 3-point range while going 51% from the floor as a team during the contest as Makai Mason led the team with 29 points while Mario Kegler chipped in 18 points while pulling down seven rebounds as well for the Bears. Leading scorer for the season in King McClure struggled on the night in going 4-10 from the field while finishing with seven points along with eight rebounds.
James Bolden came off the bench to provide a huge lift for a West Virginia team that shot less than 40% from the floor on this night as he ended with 22 points while going 10-10 from the free-throw line on the night. In all, Baylor dominated this game in every conceivable way, despite committing a whopping 18 turnovers on the night. Nonetheless, the Bears will certainly look to shore up those mental mishaps in an all-important contest versus the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon. This will be the first meeting amongst these two teams in quite some time as Baylor will be looking to lead with their defense in which to neutralize an already inconsistent offense for the Crimson Tide. On the other hand, Alabama is known for its overall defensive prowess as they are coming off of an outing to where they allowed just 53 points to what is an explosive offensive team in the Ole Miss Rebels.
How Alabama Crimson Tide & Baylor Bears Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Alabama is 8 – 9 – 1 ATS while the OU is 12 – 5
Baylor is 11 – 7 ATS while the OU is 8 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a competitive matchup throughout as the Crimson Tide will be looking to extend the momentum of their last victory over a solid Ole Miss squad while Baylor will certainly be looking to win their fourth straight game while also picking up their 4th straight victory at Ferrell Center in the meantime. Of course, these teams will certainly lead with their defense in this contest as they are very efficient on this end of the floor. It is for this reason that one should expect a highly competitive matchup yet a low-scoring affair due to the fact that both defenses will take center stage throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Baylor Bears
My reason for the pick :
I have no doubt that Alabama will certainly come out to play on the defensive end of the floor in this contest, yet, I have no idea how they will keep up on the offensive end as they will be matching of versus a Baylor defense that has been rock solid lately. In all, one should certainly expect Baylor to limit offensive opportunities throughout this contest for Alabama while also hitting some critical buckets throughout the contest in which to control the pace early and often. In all, Baylor will pick up victory due to their ability to remain consistent on the offensive end while also picking up easy buckets in transition in addition to their ability to get to the free-throw line as well.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest considering the defenses that will be taking the floor on this day for both squads. As stated, both Baylor and Alabama are known as defensive-minded squads that may struggle on the offensive end, more often than not, however, possess one of the more solid defensive units in the nation. With that being the case, look for the under to definitely be the strong play amongst these two teams has both defenses will take center stage from start to finish.
Betting trends for Alabama Crimson Tide:
- The Crimson Tide is 7 – 2 against the spread in last night’s games
- The over is 3 – 1 in Crimson Tide last four games
Betting trends for Baylor Bears :
- The Bears are 7-1 against the spread in last 8 games
- The over is 6-0 in Bears last six games