Alabama vs. Kentucky Prediction
Can No. 4 Kentucky put up a dominant performance tonight when it faces Alabama in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal at 7PM ET?
819 Alabama vs. 820 Kentucky
Friday, March 15, 2019
7PM ET – Bridgestone Arena
TV: SEC Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Kentucky is the clear favorite in this game, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -12.5 points against Alabama. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 136.5 points. The public betting currently has 76 percent going on Kentucky as the favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bama bests Ole Miss
Alabama is the 10 seed this weekend and coming off an upset win over Ole Miss last night, 62-57. That win ended a three-game losing streak for the Tide. Bama is 18-14 on the season, 9-10 in SEC games, 4-1 on a neutral floor, 13-18-1 against the spread and 16-15 with the under.
The Tide are putting up 72.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 44.5 percent as a team. Defensively, Alabama is giving up 71.2 points per game while opponents shoot 43.6 percent against them. Kira Lewis Jr. is leading the team with 13.9 points per game while Donta Hall is adding 10.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.
Wildcats struggling to cover
Kentucky is the 2 seed this weekend and has won six of its last seven games coming into today. However, Kentucky has failed to cover in four straight games. The Wildcats are 26-5 on the season, 15-3 in SEC games, 1-2 on a neutral floor, 16-15 against the spread and 20-11 with the under.
The Wildcats are pretty solid on both sides of the ball. The offense is averaging 76.8 points per game while shooting 47.7 percent as a team. Defensively, the Cats are giving up 65.2 points per game while holding opponents to 40.4 percent shooting. PJ Washington is leading the team with 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while Tyler Herro is adding 14.2 points per game. Reid Travis is questionable to play tonight due to a knee injury. He averages 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tide are 2-7 against the spread in their last 9 SEC games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight against a winning team.
The Wildcats are 18-8-2 ATS in their last 28 games on a neutral floor, but just 1-5 ATS in their last six following a win.
Alabama won the lone meeting this season, 77-75 at home, but that should be all the fuel Kentucky will need tonight. The Wildcats will be eager to avenge that loss and make a statement in the process. Kentucky has covered in six of its last eight against the Tide, who the Wildcats have been able to dominate this series for the most part. Bama had a grinder of a game last night as well, so it will be tough for the Tide to battle with Kentucky’s size and athleticism tonight.
College Basketball Prediction: Kentucky -12.5