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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers Preview

Tennessee VolunteersAlabama Crimson Tide
13-7February 01, 2014, 09:00 | Coleman Coliseum9-11

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Coleman Coliseum Saturday as host Alabama looks to handle the Tennessee Volunteers in NCAA hoops action.

The Crimson Tide are 9-11 so far on the season, and 4-10-2 ATS vs. the number. The Volunteers, meanwhile, are 13-7 and 9-8-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Alabama go 8-7-1 and the Volunteers go 9-9 on the totals.

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Alabama opened as -1-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Crimson Tide rated this week at No. 191 and the Volunteers sitting at No. 57.

Tennessee won its last outing, an 86-70 result against Mississippi on January 29. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. Tennessee got 26 points from Jordan McRae en route to an 86-70 victory over Mississippi on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Alabama was a 74-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Auburn. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs. Alabama suffered a 74-55 loss against Auburn on Thursday, getting 15 points from Trevor Releford in a losing effort at Auburn Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Volunteers is ranked No. 15 in NCAA hoops at 39.8 per game. Contrast that with Alabama’s No. 192 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Alabama is the No. 178-ranked team in the country at 5.6 per game, while Tennessee rates No. 171 at 5.65 per game.

A few Volunteers at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
Tennessee is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee's last 5 games
Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Tennessee is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Alabama is 1-4-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Alabama is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Alabama is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee

Next up:
Tennessee at Vanderbilt, Wednesday, February 5th
Alabama at Arkansas, Wednesday, February 5th