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Crimson Tide open as college hoops underdog vs Wildcats

Alabama Crimson TideKentucky Wildcats
Jan 21, 12:00 PM | Rupp Arena

Alabama Crimson Tide vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds

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Kentucky will look to improve on its 18-1 record on Saturday when they host Alabama in NCAAB odds action at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats sit at 18-1 (5-13 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Crimson Tide are currently 13-5 (7-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Kentucky is 6-10-1 OU, and Alabama is 8-6 OU.

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Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Crimson Tide listed as 9.5-point underdogs

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 6-ranked Wildcats and the No. 27-rated Crimson Tide in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 86-75 win for the Wildcats on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Kentucky's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 79.6 PPG, against a Crimson Tide defense that ranks No. 8 at 56.4 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 48.8% so far, more than the Crimson Tide marksmen have achieved on the year, 46% per game.

Defensively, Alabama features the nation's No. 24-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.6 points per game. Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 36 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Alabama was a 69-59 loser at home against Vanderbilt. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Alabama suffered a 69-59 loss against Vanderbilt on Thursday, getting 14 points from Trevor Releford in a losing effort at Coleman Coliseum.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were an 86-63 winner as they battled Arkansas at home. They covered in the match as a 16.5-point favorite. The battle between the Wildcats and Razorbacks didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Arkansas was handed an 86-63 defeat on Tuesday at Rupp Arena.

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing South Carolina are 7-3
After playing Vanderbilt are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Kentucky Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Georgia are 7-3
After playing Arkansas are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Crimson Tide at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 5 games on the road
Alabama is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Alabama is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Alabama is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Kentucky
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Alabama
Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Alabama

Next up:
Alabama at South Carolina, Wednesday, January 25
Kentucky at Georgia, Tuesday, January 24

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