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NCAAB Game Preview - Volunteers underdogs vs Crimson Tide at Alabama

Tennessee VolunteersAlabama Crimson Tide
Feb 18, 1:30 PM | Coleman Coliseum

Tennessee Volunteers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds

14-12TEAM RECORD16-9

Tennessee travels to Alabama on Saturday, hoping to boost its 14-12 record with a victory over the Crimson Tide.

The Crimson Tide bring a 16-9 record (9-12 ATS) to this tilt against the 14-12 Volunteers, who are 15-8-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Alabama go 12-9 so far and the Volunteers go 8-14-2.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Crimson Tide as 3-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Crimson Tide - Volunteers odds would favor the Crimson Tide if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Alabama is rated No. 25 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tennessee is at No. 107. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-68 win for the Crimson Tide.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Alabama's No. 230 nationally ranked offense (65.5 points per game) against a Volunteers defense that sits as the No. 130 at 65.4 PPG. The Crimson Tide have been averaging 45.4% from the field, more than the Volunteers have managed so far this season (44.5% on average).

Defensively, Tennessee features the nation's No. 141-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.9 points per game. Alabama, meanwhile, comes in at No. 260 nationally in scoring at home.

Tennessee won its last outing, a 77-58 result against Arkansas on February 15. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. Tennessee earned a 77-58 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday, getting 14 points from Jordan McRae at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Alabama lost its last outing, a 61-52 result against Florida on February 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. Andrew Steele scored 11 points in a futile effort to lead the Crimson Tide to a win (they lost 61-52 to Florida at Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday).

Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Mississippi are 7-3
After playing Arkansas are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Arkansas are 3-7
After playing Florida are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Volunteers at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee's last 7 games when playing on the road against Alabama
Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Tennessee is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Alabama
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Alabama's last 6 games when playing Tennessee
Alabama is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Alabama's last 5 games at home
Alabama is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Tennessee

Next up:
Tennessee home to Mississippi, Wednesday, February 22
Alabama at Arkansas, Thursday, February 23