The Alabama Crimson Tide (12-2, 3-0 SEC) will try to build on a three-game winning streak when hosting the Kentucky Wildcats (10-4, 1-2 SEC) on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Coleman Coliseum. It airs at 1:00 PM ET.
Saturday’s matchup between the Crimson Tide and the Wildcats features the Crimson Tide as 5.5-point favorites. The over/under for the game is 147.5.
Alabama vs. Kentucky Odds
Point Spread for Alabama vs. Kentucky
The spread for this matchup is set at 5.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Alabama as the favorite.
Alabama vs. Kentucky Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Alabama has -244 odds to pick up the win, while Kentucky is listed at +198 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 147.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, January 7, 2023
- Game Time: 1:00 PM ET
- Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- Arena: Coleman Coliseum
Alabama vs. Kentucky Betting Trends
Alabama is 8-6-0 against the spread this season. The Crimson Tide have come away with 10 wins in the 12 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Alabama’s games this year have gone over the point total eight times in 14 opportunities (57.1%).
Kentucky is 4-10-0 against the spread this year. The Wildcats have been listed as the moneyline underdog only two other times so far this season, and they lost both games. Kentucky’s games this year have hit the over 57.1% of the time (eight out of 14 games with a set point total).
Alabama vs. Kentucky Key Players to Watch
Brandon Miller leads the Crimson Tide with 19.1 points per game and 2.1 assists, while also putting up 8.6 rebounds. Mark Sears is averaging 14.6 points, 2.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Noah Clowney is tops on the Crimson Tide at 8.7 rebounds per game, while also putting up 0.9 assists and 9.8 points. Charles Bediako averages 5.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists per contest. Defensively, he averages 0.6 steals and 2.1 blocked shots.
Oscar Tshiebwe is No. 1 on the Wildcats in scoring (16.8 points per game) and rebounding (13.8), and puts up 1.5 assists. He also delivers 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocked shots. Cason Wallace gets the Wildcats 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest. He also delivers 2.3 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Jacob Toppin is averaging 11.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, making 45.1% of his shots from the floor. Sahvir Wheeler is No. 1 on the Wildcats in assists (6.8 per game), and produces 9.1 points and 2.6 rebounds. He also delivers 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama covered four times in 19 matchups with a spread in conference play last season. The Crimson Tide are surrendering 71.0 points per game this year (238th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really thrived offensively, scoring 83.3 points per contest (13th-best). Alabama ranks best in the country by grabbing 43.1 boards per game. In terms of rebounds allowed, it ranks 295th in college basketball (33.3 allowed per contest).
Alabama sports a 34.8% three-point percentage this season (142nd-ranked in college basketball), but it has really shined by sinking 10.0 treys per contest (12th-best). The Crimson Tide rank 10th-best in college basketball by allowing a three-point shooting percentage of 28.0% to opposing teams. They rank 33rd in college basketball by allowing 5.6 threes per contest.
What you need to know about the Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky and its opponents combined to hit the over 10 out of 20 times last season in conference play. The Wildcats put up 78.6 points per game and allow 66.5, making them 57th in college basketball offensively and 112th on defense. Kentucky is the 18th-best squad in the nation in rebounds per game (37.2) and 19th-best in rebounds conceded (27.3).
Kentucky is 136th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (8.0 per game) and 14th-best in 3-point percentage (39.0%). The Wildcats give up 6.9 3-pointers per game and concede 33.9% from beyond the arc, ranking 148th and 229th, respectively, in the nation.
Alabama vs. Kentucky Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this matchup is Alabama, and we predict that Alabama will cover the spread (Alabama -5.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 147.5 points.
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