The Vanderbilt Commodores take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Our college basketball odds series includes our Vanderbilt Alabama prediction and selection. Find out how to see Vanderbilt Alabama.
The Alabama Crimson Tide suffered the kind of loss that a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament generally doesn’t absorb. Alabama was ranked No. 2 last Saturday going into their Big 12-SEC Challenge game against the Oklahoma Sooners, who were unranked (and still aren’t). But the Crimson Tide didn’t just lose; They lost by 24 points, 93-69. They were completely blown out of the water and showed absolutely nothing against the blister-hugging Sooners, who are well under .500s in Big 12 Conference games but had no trouble crushing Nate Oats’ team. Incidentally, this wasn’t a game where it was fairly close for much of the proceedings, only Oklahoma hit a late run and gave the impression that the game was slopier than it actually was. nope Oklahoma consistently led by a very large margin and held a margin of 20 points or more for the rest of the second half. It was one-way traffic. When a top 2 team loses to an unranked opponent by 24 points, it will get people talking. Now let’s see how Alabama reacts.
Here are Vanderbilt-Alabama college basketball odds, courtesy of FanDuel:
College Basketball Odds: Vanderbilt Alabama Odds
Vanderbilt Commodores: +15.5 (-110)
Alabama Crimson Tide: -15.5 (-110)
Above: 155.5 (-115)
Below: 155.5 (-105)
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Television: SEC Network
Time: 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT
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Why Vanderbilt could cover the spread
Well, you’ve seen what can happen when Alabama plays poorly. When Alabama isn’t getting fast-break hoops and not hitting 3-pointers, a good team — or even a mediocre team like Vanderbilt — can focus on grabbing the paint and making sure the tide doesn’t up the pace of play. and shortening the game with less overall possession. Alabama was 6 of 22 with 3 points against Oklahoma. Nate Oats loves when his teams shoot a lot of 3-pointers, but when those 3-pointers don’t fall — as in the case of Oklahoma — Alabama becomes very vulnerable because they rely so much on a combination of 3-pointers and easy baskets for his scoring production. It’s pretty simple: If Vanderbilt doesn’t commit live ball turnovers that feed the Alabama fastbreak, and if Alabama doesn’t make a decent percentage of 3-pointers, Vanderbilt can hold that game very close. The spread is a very big 15.5 points so the idea of VU covering is hardly far-fetched given what we saw of Bama vs Oklahoma on Saturday.
Why Alabama could cover the spread
The Crimson Tide played an absolutely terrible game against Oklahoma. Everyone saw it. Everybody knows. Coach Nate Oats doesn’t have a hard time in this game. His players know they were terrible. If they have some pride and dignity, they will play a very good game of basketball against Vanderbilt. If Alabama – which is orders of magnitude better than Vanderbilt – plays a really good game, it will cover. If Alabama plays a great game, it will win by 30 points. Alabama will want to make their mark as a possible No. 1 in the NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt doesn’t have the resources or the strength to stand up to a top-notch Bama effort.
Final Vanderbilt Alabama prediction and selection
The spread is huge, and while Alabama is intent on crushing Vanderbilt, the Commodores can probably keep this game close enough to cover. However, think of a live betting game more as betting on the pregame spread. You might find better odds that way.
Final Vanderbilt Alabama Prediction and Pick: Vanderbilt +15.5