The Alabama Crimson Tide will face their toughest opponent out of the remaining ones on their regular-season schedule in the form of the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats are having their way in the SEC, but can they avoid getting tripped up by Alabama? Or will the Crimson Tide add a big win to their March Madness resume? Check out our preview below of this Alabama-Kentucky SEC college basketball showdown.
Betting Preview for the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Kentucky Wildcats NCAA College Basketball Game on February 19 2022
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
When: Saturday, February 19, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (odds)
Record: 16-9 Overall/6-6 Conference
Since losing to Kentucky, 66-55n on Feb. 5 in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide scored two wins in a row. Alabama beat the Mississippi Rebels on the road on Feb. 9, 97-83 before beating the Arkansas Razorbacks at home last Saturday to the tune of a 68-67 score. Alabama fed off its early hot outside shooting in the win over Arkansas, as the Crimson Tide drained six of their first 11 3-point attempts. Although they finished with just a 7/29 shooting from deep, that’s not going to stop Alabama from launching from behind the arc, as the team is seventh nationally with 29.4 3-point attempts per game. The Cromson Tide can partly afford to miss a lot because they are so good at getting offensive rebounds. In fact, Alabama is seventh nationally with 11.6 offensive rebounds per game and second in the SEC in offensive rebound percentage (34.8%).
Alabama, which faces the Mississippi State Rebels at home this Wednesday, has seen the total hit the Over in seven of its last 10 road games.
Betting on the Kentucky Wildcats (odds)
Record: 21-4 Overall/10-2 Conference
Kentucky reached double-digit wins in SEC play this season by beating the Florida Gators in an easy 78-57 home win last Saturday. The Wildcats will be taking on the Tennessee Volunteers up next this Tuesday, but regardless of the outcome of that contest, Kentucky will have all the confidence in the world on Saturday against Alabama. After all, the Wildcats have already defeated Alabama this season in convincing fashion. Oscar Tshiebwe led the Wildcats in that game with a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Tshiebwe is a rebounding beast that can greatly cut into the advantage of Alabama on the glass. Kentucky will also be looking to capitalize on the Crimson Tide’s sloppiness. Alabama is averaging 14.0 turnovers per game and had 15 in the loss to Kentucky, which was also +7 in the steals department in that contest.
Kentucky is 5-3 against the spread in its last eight home games.
Kentucky wins, 79-73.
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