The No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores this coming Saturday for an SEC David vs. Goliath battle. Could the Commodores actually pull off a shocking upset? Or will Alabama score another victory? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Vanderbilt Commodores vs Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA College Basketball Game on February 20 2021
Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL
When: Saturday, February 20, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: SEC NETWORK
Betting on the Vanderbilt Commodores (odds)
Record: 6-10 Overall / 2-8 Conference
The Commodores prevented a three-game skid as they scored a dominant 72-51 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the road last Saturday. Vanderbilt got by in that game despite shooting a pedestrian 45.5 percent from the field. For one, they went for broke on their outside shooting and hit paydirt by nailing 13 of 30 attempts from deep for a 43.3 3-point shooting percentage. That’s the danger with facing the Commodores. They take a lot of shots from long range, hoping that they can get hot to either break away or cut down leads rapidly. On the season, Vanderbilt is 25th in the nation with 9.5 3-point attempts per game on 35.3 3-point shooting percentage. The Commodores have been especially hot from behind the arc over their last four games, during which the Commodores shot 39.8 percent from deep.
Vanderbilt, which faces the Kentucky Wildcats at home this Wednesday, is 3-0 against the spread in its last three road games.
Betting on the Alabama Crimson Tide (odds)
Record: 17-5 Overall / 12-1 Conference
After a stumble during a loss to the Missouri Tigers, the Crimson Tide are back to their winning ways, having notched wins over the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Bulldogs back to back. Alabama is set to face the Texas A&M Aggies this Thursday before focusing on the Commodores, but the Crimson Tide are expected to come away with a win in College Station. Alabama has a robust offense that is averaging 80.8 points per game, though the Crimson Tide are only shooting 43.7 percent from the field. However, if the Commodores want to engage the Crimson Tide in a shootout, Alabama will definitely oblige. The Crimson Tide are No. 1 in the SEC in adjusted offensive efficiency rating (109.7) and in 3-point shooting percentage (40.8%). The problem for the Commodores is that Alabama does seem to have what it takes to slow them down, as the Crimson Tide are second in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency rating (87.0).
Alabama is 7-3 against the road in its last 10 home games.
Alabama wins, 85-68.
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