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Wichita State Shockers take on Crimson Tide in NCAA basketball test

Wichita State ShockersAlabama Crimson Tide
10-0December 17, 2013, 09:00 | Coleman Coliseum5-4

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Alabama and Wichita State on Tuesday, with the host Crimson Tide trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Crimson Tide are 5-4 so far on the season, and 2-4 ATS vs. the number. The Shockers, meanwhile, are 10-0 and 6-1-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Alabama go 2-4 and the Shockers go 3-5 on the totals.

View Wichita State Shockers vs Alabama Crimson Tide Odds and Stats.

Alabama opened as 2-point underdogs 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.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 81-rated Crimson Tide and the No. 9-ranked Shockers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Wichita State was a 70-61 winner at home against Tennessee. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites. The Shockers grabbed a 70-61 win over the Volunteers on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Tekele Cotton at Charles Koch Arena.

Last time out for Alabama, they were a 59-45 winner as they battled Charleston Southern at home. Alabama earned a 59-45 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday, getting 22 points from Retin Obasohan at Coleman Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Alabama has the nation's No. 126-rated offensive output, at 74.67 PPG. The visiting Shockers defense ranks No. 13 allowing on average 60.4 PPG. The Crimson Tide FG% has averaged 45.87% so far, more than the Shockers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.72% per game.

A few Shockers at Crimson Tide trends to consider:
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Wichita State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Wichita State's last 9 games on the road
Alabama is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
Wichita State home to North Carolina Central, Sunday, December 22nd
Alabama at Xavier, Saturday, December 21st