After getting upset by the Georgia Bulldogs, the Alabama Crimson Tide will look to get back up right away when they welcome the defending national champions Baylor Bears at home in Tuscaloosa this Saturday. Will Alabama score a big win? Or will Baylor add to the Crimson Tide’s woes? Check out our preview below of this Baylor-Alabama Big 12-SEC clash.
Betting Preview for the Baylor Bears vs Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA College Basketball Game on January 29 2022
Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL
When: Saturday, January 29, 2022, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Baylor Bears (odds)
Record: 18-2 Overall/6-2 Conference
After consecutive losses to the Texas Tech Red Raiders and to the Oklahoma Strate Cowboys – both games at home – the Bears have answered right back with three wins in a row. First, they took down the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown on Jan. 18 (77-68) and then the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman (61-54) last Saturday in Norman. Then they returned home Tuesday to beat the Kansas State Wildcats, 64-49. Clearly, Baylor has gotten its confidence back, just in time for a big showdown against a tough opponent on the road this coming Saturday. The Bears didn’t have top-2 scorer James Akinjo in the Kansas State game as the point guard is still dealing with a tailbone injury, but a few days of rest could get him ready for Saturday’s game in Tallahassee. If he sits out another game, Baylor should still be able to keep its pace on offense with LJ Cryer, Adam Flagler, and Kendall Brown along with Matthew Mayer all capable of stepping up. The Bears can also with their defense that is 10th in the nation with 88.7 points allowed per 100 possessions.
Baylor is 3-0 against the spread in its last three games.
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (odds)
Record: 13-6 Overall/14-3 Conference Conference
Stop us if you’ve heard already heard this earlier this month: Georgia beats Alabama. This isn’t football, though. The Crimson Tide lost to Georgia in Athens Tuesday, 82-76. Alabama was a double-digit favorite in the matchup but ended up getting upset by a team that previously was winless in SEC play. That shocking loss to Georgia should fuel the Crimson Tide. Alabama is still a good team. It is ninth in the nation in scoring with 81.1 points per game. But they need to tighten up their defense that’s been letting opponents score 74.7 points per contest. Alabama loves to launch a lot of threes, and while they are only connecting a little bit over 30 percent of their shots from deep, the Crimson Tide are 31st in the nation with 9.2 3-pointers made per contest. Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly form a dynamic duo that can counter Baylor’s guard attack. Shackelford leads Alabama with 17.1 points per game, while Quinerly is putting up 14.3 points per contest.
The under is 3-2 in Alabama’s last five games as the home team.
Baylor wins, 80-76.
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