Alabama Basketball has a key SEC road game at noon Saturday in Rupp Arena. The Crimson Tide needs to continue its momentum and build confidence for post-season play.
Kentucky is 21- 5 and 10-3 in SEC play. The Wildcats beat the Crimson Tide 66-55, two weeks ago in Coleman Coliseum. Alabama sits at 17-9 and 7-6 in SEC play.
The latest NCAA NET rankings have the Tide at No. 22. Kentucky is ranked No. 3. Ken Pomeroy rates the Crimson Tide more highly than its NET ranking. KenPOM has the Crimson Tide at No. 19 and Kentucky at No. 3.
In its last game against Mississippi State, the Crimson Tide struggled again from outside the arc. Thanks to big games from Jahvon Quinerly and Charles Bediako, the Crimson Tide won anyway, beating the Bulldogs, 80-75. It was the Tide’s third straight win since losing to Kentucky two weeks ago.
In the earlier loss to Kentucky, the Crimson Tide shot 28.1%, including a horrific 10% from outside the arc. Charles Bediako was the only Tide player in double figures with 12 points.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Kentucky: Spread, Over/Under
According to WynnBET, the Kentucky Wildcats are a 7.5-point favorite. The Moneyline is Alabama +270 and Kentucky -340. The Over/Under is at 155.5 points.
Alabama vs. Kentucky Prediction
Kentucky was embarrassed earlier in the week in Lexington and will be primed for a conclusive reversal in Lexington. Given those circumstances, the game might be the toughest challenge for the Tide in its SEC regular-season schedule. It is an opportunity for the Tide to slay another dragon and prove its strong seed worth for the NCAA Tournament.
The game will be a war and will not be decided until the closing seconds, with the Tide earning a big upset.
Game Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide 75 – Kentucky 74
What Channel is the Alabama Game On?
The 12:00 PM CST game can be seen on CBS. The game’s announcer will be Ian Eagle with analyst, Bill Raftery.
Chris Stewart, Bryan Passink and Roger Hoover will handle the radio broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network and will be available on Sirius/XM, channels 81/384.
Complete Alabama Crimson Tide Game Notes are available here.
Another SEC road game will be next for the Crimson Tide. On Tuesday night, Alabama travels to Nashville to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores.