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Kentucky Wildcats vs Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

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

Alabama Crimson Tide vs Kentucky Wildcats Odds


Kentucky looks to cover the Wildcats-Crimson Tide pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 18-1 mark when they host Alabama in college basketball action.

The Wildcats currently sports a 18-1 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-13 ATS. The Crimson Tide are 13-5 and 7-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Wildcats produce a 6-10-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Crimson Tide have gone 8-6 against the number.

View Alabama vs Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Kentucky in this one will find them as 9.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Wildcats at No. 6 and the Crimson Tide at No. 27 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 86-75 result in favor of the Wildcats.

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