College Basketball Odds: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Alabama Crimson Tide at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Tuesday, 1/3/12, 9:00 PM EST, TV: ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Alabama -4
Current Betting Line:  Alabama -4.5
Opening Total:  116.5
Current Total:  115.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Alabama Crimson Tide are one of the best defensive teams in the country

Alabama is set to close out its non-conference schedule Tuesday night before opening Southeastern Conference play against Georgia.  The Crimson Tide will be playing just their second true road game of the 2011-12 campaign, dropping a 74-62 decision to the Dayton Flyers on Dec. 7.  All-SEC forward JaMychal Green has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury and is currently listed as questionable for this particular contest.  He is averaging 15.9 points per game and seven rebounds a contest.  Alabama is 9-4 ATS in January the last two-plus seasons.

The Crimson Tide are 40-28 all-time against the Yellow Jackets, while also posting a 73-52 mark versus current members of the ACC.  Alabama’s schedule currently ranks as the 20th toughest in the nation, as its opponents have tallied an impressive 94-53 record this season.  Through its first 13 games, the defense has proven to be one of the best in the country, holding opponents to 56.2 points per game on 36.1 percent shooting.  Dominating opponents in the paint is this team’s strength, coming into this contest with a 418-294 edge in points in the paint.

Georgia Tech also concludes its non-conference schedule and will be looking to end a two-game losing streak, dropping a 72-66 decision to Fordham on Dec. 29, 2011 in its last effort.  The Yellow Jackets are 4-2 at home this season, but will be playing this game inside Philips Arena.  Offensively, the team is averaging 65.0 points per game, which is 10th among conference teams.  The squad has two players scoring in double figures, with Glen Rice Jr. leading the way in netting 13.2 points per game.  Georgia Tech is 1-3 ATS versus SEC opponents.

The Yellow Jackets are searching for their first victory over an SEC opponent since Dec. 6, 2008, while they look to win their fourth of five games against the Crimson Tide.  Rice Jr. is coming off a miserable effort, going scoreless in a game for the first time since March 6, 2011, failing to put the ball in the net in 19 minutes of action.  Georgia Tech will want to take care of the basketball, turning the ball over 13 times or fewer in four of its past six games.

Bettors will likely back the Crimson Tide due to their 4-1 ATS mark versus ACC foes, while the Yellow Jackets are 2-6-1 ATS as an underdog.

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