Alabama vs Florida College Basketball Game Preview

#15 Alabama vs Florida | College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds

It’s two contenders in the SEC squaring off in one of the marquee college basketball games on Wednesday as No. 15 Alabama visits unranked but dangerous Florida. The game opened as a pick’em on the NCAAB odds.

How to Bet Alabama at Florida NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info

  • When: Wednesday, 7 PM ET
  • Where: Exactech Arena
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio: Tunein.com
  • Opening NCAAB Lines: Pick’em (total 149)

Last Meeting

Alabama leads the all-time series 76-70. Bama won the only meeting of the ’20-21 season with a decisive 86-71 victory at Tuscaloosa. Alabama will be looking for its third win in Gainesville over the last four trips when the Tide takes on the Gators Wednesday night. The lone loss over the last three trips to the O’Connell Center came in UA’s last visit on Jan. 4, 2020 when Alabama dropped a 104-98 double overtime contest.

Why Bet on Alabama?

The Tide (10-3, 1-0 SEC) are off a 73-68 win over No. 14 Tennessee last Wednesday. Alabama used a 16-5 run over the final 6:02 to rally. It marked the Crimson Tide’s third win over a top-15 team this season.

Graduate transfer Noah Gurley had his best game of the season, recording his first double-double in an Alabama uniform with 20 points and 10 rebounds on the night. Guard Jahvon Quinerly added 18 points while Jaden Shackelford finished with 12 points in the victory. Senior Keon Ellis also played solid with nine points, nine rebounds and a team-leading five assists.

The win marked the Crimson Tide’s 17th-consecutive home victory and the third-straight over Tennessee in the series – the first time UA has defeated UT in three-consecutive games in the series since doing so from 2011-13. Entering the game, Tennessee had held five of its previous six opponents to less than 57 points and was averaging giving up just 59.3 points per game.

According to the most recent KenPom rankings (as of 1/3), the Tide rank No. 13 in the nation in offensive efficiency, No. 13 in average possession length and No. 31 in adjusted tempo. The site also ranks UA No. 46 in the nation and defensive efficiency.

Bama enters the contest ranked No. 2 in the SEC and No. 17 in the nation in scoring offense at 82.2 points per game. UA also leads the league in all three-point categories, checking in nationally at No. 15 in the nation in threes attempted (384), No. 32 in threes made (126) and No. 38 in threes made per game (9.7).

The Crimson Tide are led by three players who average double figures in Shackelford (16.5 ppg), Quinerly (14.9 ppg) and Ellis (12.2 ppg). The trio combines to account for 53 percent (43.6 of the 82.2 points per game average), 70 percent of the three-pointers made (88 of 126), 51 percent field goals made (199 of 388) and 48 percent of the total free throws made (80 of 166).

Why Bet on Florida?

The Gators (9-3, 0-0 SEC) haven’t played since beating Stony Brook 87-62 on Dec. 22 – a Dec. 29 SEC opener vs. Ole Miss was postponed. Against Stony Brook, the Gators shot 53.3 percent and put four players in double-figure scoring, led by guard/forward Phlandrous Fleming Jr.’s game-best 20 points, including season-high four makes from the 3-point line. The Gators scored the game’s first 10 points and never trailed.

Fleming, back in the starting lineup after senior guard Myreon Jones was scratched due to health and safety protocols, went 6-for-8 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the arc. His 20 points were the most for the Charleston Southern grad-transfer in a UF uniform. Jones will be cleared for this game.  Eight games into the season, Fleming was at 21.7 percent from the arc (5-for-23), but has gone 9-for-14 the last four games and now ranks third on the team at 37.8 percent.

In UF’s nine victories, the Gators held opponents to 40.3 percent overall and 24.4 from the 3-point line. In the three losses (at Oklahoma, home against Texas Southern, neutral site against UM), those numbers ballooned to 50.9 and 44.7 percent, respectively.

CJ Felder, has been a pleasant surprise shooting the ball from deep this season. Felder came from Boston College as a career 26.7-percent shooter from the arc, but he’s 8-for-18 thus far (.444) and has made five of his last seven over three games.

A total of 28.7 percent of field-goal attempts surrendered by Florida have been 3-point tries. That’s the seventh-lowest percentage in the country and No. 1 among all power conference teams.

Game Trends

  • Crimson Tide are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.
  • Crimson Tide are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
  • Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Gators are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
  • Road team is 20-5-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.

Expert Prediction

  • Alabama 74, Florida 72
 
 

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