The Alabama Crimson Tide (+5,000 to win the national title) can’t let the Selection Committee to determine their fate this March, as they likely did not do enough to warrant an inclusion in the national tournament, especially if they got bounced out early in the SEC tourney. This brings us to their showdown with the Ole Miss Rebels (+15,000) this Thursday in Nashville. Ole Miss also likely needs to have a good run in the conference tournament to get a place in the Big Dance.
Betting Preview for the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ole Miss Rebels College Basketball Game on March 14, 2019
Where: Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
When: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (17-14 Overall / 8-10 Conference)
The Crimson Tide are on a downward spiral, which isn’t a good stretch to be in, especially when heading into the conference tournament. Alabama lost its last three games – all against Top 51 KenPom teams – including an 82-70 setback at the hands pf the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville last Saturday. Alabama’s offense has been down of late and its defense has been rusty too. The Crimson Tide are scoring about six points fewer than their season average and allows three more points to opponents over their last three games. Perhaps a meeting again with Ole Miss will jumpstart Alabama. After all, the Crimson Tide beat Ole Miss last January, 74-53, at home last January. Alabama’s biting defense was all over Ole Miss like sauce on spaghetti, as the Crimson Tide recorded nine steals, nine blocks, and forced the Rebels to commit 16 turnovers. Alabama is capable of doing that again, as the Crimson Tide are fifth in the conference in adjusted defensive efficiency per KenPom.
The Crimson Tide are 3-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last four games against Ole Miss.
Betting on the Ole Miss Rebels (20-11 Overall / 10-8 Conference)
Although the Rebels have gone just 1-3 SU in their last four games, they lost those three games by just a total of seven points. That’s saying something about the capability of Ole Miss, as two of their games were against ranked teams in No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers (73-71) and No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats (80-76). In their most recent game, Ole Miss defeated the Missouri Tiger on the road, 73-68, last Saturday. Against the Tigers, Breein Tyree blew up for 21 points, while Devontae Shuler chipped in 18 points. Taylor leads the Rebels this season with 18.5 points per game, while Shuler is third with 10.1 points per contest. The Rebels need their top gunners to be on top of their games against the Crimson Tide, which also means Terence Davis, the team’s second-leading scorer this season with 15.5 will have to score more than the paltry seven-point output he had in the Missouri game. Tyree, Shuler, and Davis combined for 21 points in the loss to Alabama.
Ole Miss is 4-0 ATS in its last four games.
Mississippi wins, 75-72
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