College Basketball Predictions: Mississippi Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Mississippi Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Tuesday, 2/11/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Alabama -4
Current Betting Line:  Alabama -3.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Alabama Crimson Tide are 2-4 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since the 2011-12 campaign

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 2-4 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since the 2011-12 campaign

Mississippi has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it looks to build off a 91-88 victory over the Missouri Tigers as two-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 144.  The Rebels are 27-10 SU over their last 37 games versus Southeastern Conference opponents dating back to 2012, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Defensively, the team has blocked 150 shots this season—ranking third in the SEC and sixth in the nation in averaging 6.5 blocked shots per game.  Mississippi is 1-4 SU and 3-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Rebels have two probable starters averaging double figures, with senior guard Marshall Henderson leading the way at 19.6 points a contest.  He leads the league and ranks third nationally in averaging 4.45 3-point makes per game.  Mississippi sits in third place in the league standings after being projected to finish seventh in the preseason media poll, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.

Alabama has dropped its last four games, including a 78-69 defeat to the Florida Gators as 14.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 123.  The Crimson Tide own a 117-54 lead in the all-time series, including a 37-6 mark when playing at the Coleman Coliseum.  The squad has played the second-toughest schedule in the country, with Kansas sitting atop that list.  Senior guard Trevor Releford surpassed the 1,700-point plateau, while he leads the team in scoring during the 2013-14 campaign.  Alabama is 2-4 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Crimson Tide are shooting 47.8 percent from the floor and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc in 13 home games, while they’ve gone 26-3 SU at this venue since head coach Anthony Grant arrived on campus in 2009.  Alabama is a perfect 7-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 65 points, but has dropped 14 of 16 when allowing more than that figure.

Sports bettors will likely back the Crimson Tide due to the Rebels being 0-3 SUATS as underdogs this season.

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