Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky Wildcats, SEC Tournament Semifinal, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE KENTUCKY WILDCATS
19-13 March 11, 1:00 PM | Bridgestone Arena 27-5
Alabama vs Kentucky, Betting Lines
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: 1 p.m. ET, SEC Network
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 11th – SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE – SEMIFINALS – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
737 –Alabama Crimson Tide +10½ -110 +500 Ov 137 -115
738 –Kentucky Wildcats -10½ -110 -650 Un 137 -105

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Bridgestone Arena.

ABOUT ALABAMA (19-13): The Crimson Tide have a terrific freshman duo of their own in Braxton Key (12.2 points, 5.7 rebounds) and Dazon Ingram (10.4 points, 4.5 rebounds), as well as a deep bench of role players capable of making big contributions. Key, a Nashville native, continued his homecoming with 18 points against South Carolina and Riley Norris (9.0 points) added 12 points. The key for Alabama is its stout defense, which was in top form in holding the Gamecocks to 36.7 percent overall and 4-of-17 from 3-point range.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (27-5): The Wildcats proved they are more than a one-man team by beating Georgia despite a season-low two points from leading scorer Malik Monk (20.6 points). Fellow freshman De’Aaron Fox (15.7 points, 5.0 assists) and sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe (13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists) scored 20 points apiece against the Bulldogs, and freshman Bam Adebayo (13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds) recorded a double-double to carry Kentucky. Monk’s recent struggles are cause for concern, though, as he has scored just eight points on 3-for-17 shooting over the past two games.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 10½-point favorites versus the Crimson Tide, while the game’s total is sitting at 137.

Two more wins in the SEC Tournament would earn Alabama an unlikely automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament – but one more might be enough to make the Crimson Tide an interesting topic for the selection committee. The fifth-seeded Crimson Tide aim for their 20th victory when they face surging No. 1 seed Kentucky in an SEC Tournament semifinal Saturday afternoon in Nashville.

Alabama is in the conference semifinals for the first time since 2013 after a 64-53 win over No. 4 South Carolina on Friday. “We’ve had an up-and-down year in a lot of ways and haven’t been able to put together complete games, especially in back-to-back games, but we did it tonight,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson told reporters. “I’m proud of our guys. They were hard-nosed, they fought and they were scrappy.” The Crimson Tide have a much bigger challenge ahead, as Kentucky has won a season-best nine straight games including a 71-60 victory over No. 8 seed Georgia in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats won the only regular-season meeting, 67-58 at Alabama on Feb. 11 and have won seven straight in the series.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 71-60 winner as they battled Bulldogs at home. They earned a push in the match as a -11-point favorite.

Alabama was a 64-53 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Gamecocks. They covered the +4-point spread as underdogs.

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Alabama:
Team record: 19-13 SU,15-15 ATS
Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Alabama’s last 6 games
Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky

Kentucky:
Team record: 27-5 SU,16-15-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 9 straight games.
Kentucky is 5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky’s last 5 games

COLLEGE HOOPS TIPS

1. Kentucky is 18-0 when holding opponents to 72 points or fewer.

2. Alabama is 16-2 when attempting more free throws than its opponent.

3. Kentucky F Derek Willis has 10 blocked shots over his past three games, including a season-high four against Georgia.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Alabama Crimson Tide will cover the spread at +10.5 and the game will go over 137 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Kentucky 73, Alabama 67 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
ALA TEAM KENTY
68.5 PTS FOR 86.3
64.1 PTS AGNST 71.7
4.4 DIFF. 14.6
27.1 DEF REBOUNDS 27.8
12.3 OFF REBOUNDS 12.8
42.3 FG% 47.5
64.7 FT% 69.7
6.7 3 POINTERS 7.1
6.1 STEALS 6.0
BETTING TRENDS
ALABAMA
No trends to report
KENTUCKY
Kentucky is 5-11-1 ATS in its last 17 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky’s last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Alabama
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Alabama’s Overall Scoring vs Kentucky’s Overall Defense 68.5 284 71.7 169
Alabama’s Away Scoring vs Kentucky’s Home Defense 66.4 267 69.3 174
Alabama’s Road Rebounds vs Kentucky’s Home Rebounds Allowed 38.5 22 33.8 134
Kentucky’s Overall Scoring vs Alabama’s Overall Defense 86.3 5 64.1 26
Kentucky’s Home Scoring vs Alabama’s Road Defense 88.1 15 67.2 34
Kentucky’s Home Rebounds vs Alabama’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.5 27 34.0 82

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