#8 Alabama vs #21 Mississippi State Odds & Pick, and 2 Great Matches to Bet On

#8 Alabama vs #21 Mississippi State Odds & Pick, and 2 Great Matches to Bet On

After a much-deserved holiday break, college basketball teams around the nation are gearing up the last of their out of conference opportunities as we move into league play. Wednesday evening marks the first HUGE slate of games after the break, and here are some NCAA Basketball Betting games that should receive a look from a wagering standpoint.

Men’s NCAA Basketball Betting Picks & Options for Wednesday, Dec. 28th Games

Alabama Crimson Tide (-1) at Mississippi State Bulldogs 

Alabama made national headlines a couple of weeks ago when they handed then #1 Houston their first loss of the season. Things were shaping up for the Tide to do the same to a Bulldogs team that had been able to avoid surprising losses before falling to Drake in their last outing. Mississippi State started the season 11-0, but their strength of schedule ranks outside of the top 200, and they are just 5-6-1 against the spread on the season. 

Surprisingly, Chris Jans’ club is just 3-4 ATS at home on the season and are basically even in margin versus the spread at -0.1 points. On the flip side, Alabama is outperforming the spread in true road games this season by +7.3 points per game. 

At this point, it is a real possibility that Mississippi State is just a paper tiger despite victories over Utah and Marquette. Alabama on the other hand, feels like a national championship contender and should cover the number on the road in this contest.

Temple Owls at East Carolina Pirates (-1)

The Temple Owls looked like they were turning the ship around earlier this month, but injuries have now hit this roster hard, and the situation is less than ideal. Coach Aaron McKie was already without his third-leading scorer and leading rebounder Jamille Reynolds who suffered a knee injury and has missed the last two games. Now, he will likely be without his second-leading scorer Damian Dunn who was injured in the Owls shocking loss to Maryland-Eastern Shore on December 20th. If Temple needs to forge ahead without both players, it could be a very bumpy flight.

In East Carolina, you have a 9-4 team that has yet to defeat any teams of note but has been good against the spread this season. The Pirates are 5-2 against the spread at home and outperform the number by +1.1 points per game within the friendly confines. Mike Schwartz’s club has covered in three consecutive games, and four of their last five, including an underdog, win in a game away from home against South Carolina. The Pirates have a legit American Athletic Conference trio in Small, Felton, and Johnson that is currently intact and combining to average over 41 points per game. 

Duquesne Dukes at Dayton Flyers (-8)

There is perhaps no other team in the nation that has been affected by injuries quite like the Dayton Flyers. Despite the bad luck, Anthony Grant’s club has managed to right the ship following a disappointing trip to the Bahamas. The Flyers have been able to lean on their star DaRon Holmes all season, and now Toumani Camara has stepped up over the last three contests to provide some stability beyond their star. 

In Duquesne, the Flyers will face a team that boasts a sparkling 10-3 record under coach Keith Dambrot. The Dukes have also won three consecutive games but have also not played a game away from home since November 18th. Home Court advantage is a real game-changer in college basketball, and facing a hostile environment for the first time in five weeks may be just the edge that Dayton needs to cover this number.


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