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Tigers Open as Underdog vs Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Tigers in LSU at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Thursday in college basketball action.

Supporters of the Crimson Tide have watched them go 16-8 and 11-9 ATS on the year, while the Tigers are at 10-15 and 8-10-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Tigers are 4-15, while the Crimson Tide have a 10-6-2 mark.

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Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Tigers as 9.5-point underdogs in this matchup.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 157-ranked Tigers and the No. 42-rated Crimson Tide in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 74-61 win for the Crimson Tide on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Crimson Tide is ranked No. 50 in NCAA hoops at 37.9 per game. Contrast that with LSU’s No. 145 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, LSU is the No. 224-ranked team in the country at 5.7 per game, while Alabama rates No. 326 at 4.3 per game.

Defensively, Alabama features the nation's No. 129-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.4 points per game. LSU, meanwhile, comes in at No. 298 nationally in scoring at home.

Alabama was a 74-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against Mississippi. They covered the 6.5–point spread as favorites. The Crimson Tide got 20 points from Tony Mitchell as Alabama ran past Mississippi 74-64 on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.

LSU lost its last outing, an 80-61 result against Arkansas on February 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Matt Derenbecker scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Tigers to a win (they lost 80-61 to Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday).

Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Arkansas are 4-6
After playing Mississippi are 2-8
After a win are 8-2

LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Arkansas are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few Crimson Tide at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Alabama's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Alabama's last 6 games when playing on the road against LSU
Alabama is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Alabama is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against LSU
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LSU's last 5 games when playing Alabama
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LSU's last 11 games
LSU is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Alabama
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LSU's last 6 games when playing at home against Alabama

Next up:
Alabama home to Arkansas, Saturday, February 19
LSU home to Florida, Sunday, February 20