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Kentucky Finding Success In Alabama

It has not exactly been a banner year for Kentucky by their standards as they have already notched three losses this season, three times as many as the entirety of last year. The Wildcats will be looking to bounce back after losing their last game to unranked LSU, when they visit the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday. Luckily for Kentucky, the team has faired well in Alabama, as they are 6-3 SU and ATS in their last nine games at Coleman Coliseum.

Shark Bites
  • Kentucky’s current three-game road losing streak is their longest since the end of the 2012-13 season.
  • Alabama has not dropped their opening two games in conference play since 2007-08.
  • Kentucky is 3-8 ATS in their past 11 games.

John Calipari has been in this position before as coach of Kentucky as he took the 2010-11 team to the Final Four after going just 7-8 on the road in the regular season. Tyler Ulis continues to put up some amazing numbers with the sophomore averaging 21.4 points and eight rebounds in the past three contests.

Alabama is the lowest scoring team in the SEC, averaging just 66.4 points per game, but their defense has been keeping them alive this season. Senior Retin Obasohan has been lighting it up for the Tide though, as he has scored a career-high 23 points in each of the past two games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Alabama Crimson Tide were listed as 6-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 9-4 and 7-5 ATS Alabama Crimson Tide will face the 11-3 Kentucky Wildcats, who own a 5-9 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Alabama Crimson Tide are 3-8-1 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Kentucky Wildcats are 7-7.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 37-rated Kentucky Wildcats taking on the No. 181-rated Alabama Crimson Tide in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Kentucky is ranked No. 61 in NCAA basketball at 39.29 per game. Contrast that with Alabama's No. 225 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Alabama is the No. 103-ranked team in the country at 7.46 per game, while Kentucky rates No. 211 at 5.64 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wildcats endured a 85-67 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Tuesday, despite a 23-point effort from Tyler Ulis at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Crimson Tide got 23 points from Retin Obasohan, but it was Mississippi that prevailed in a 74-66 final on Thursday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Kentucky is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Kentucky is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky's last 6 games
  • Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Alabama is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • Alabama is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Kentucky
  • Alabama is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Kentucky

Next Betting Matchups

Kentucky home to Mississippi State, Tuesday, January 12th
Alabama at South Carolina, Wednesday, January 13th