Free NCAA Hoops Pick: #14 Houston vs. #9 Alabama CBB Odds
Looking for Houston Cougars vs. Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Cougars taking on the Crimson Tide on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA basketball predictions like this Cougars Tide matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(8-1) Houston Cougars vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-1)
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: Coleman Coliseum
CBB Moneyline Odds: Houston +110 / Alabama -115
CBB Betting ATS Odds: Cougars +1.5 / Tide -1.5 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 143
So, do you think the Alabama faithful might just be bringing a little more noise tonight when they host Houston on Saturday? A nice, late-night affair at the Coleman Coliseum fresh off a fucking monster win over Gonzaga that was right in the Zags backyard?
Oh, you can expect plenty of sounds to be coming from this crowd tonight to essentially get them to build on an effort that was simply huge. Upsetting Gonzaga as 10-point dogs in Seattle is no easy task but the Tide used some timely defense and another 3-point barrage to take the Battle in Seattle Tournament hardware home.
While that puppy gets properly fitted in the Alabama hoops showcase, there is a game to play and the line setters aren’t exactly screaming for a Roll by the Tide if you get my drift.
This is basically an even spread and we have seen this line bounce towards Houston and back to Alabama over the last 2 days. Let’s see what we can expect to have our cash on for this lovely tilt on Saturday in Tuscaloosa.
Houston was favored when this line was originally set and now we see different lines at different sportsbooks around the globe. I see Alabama at +125 Moneyline at a few European books and yet there is Alabama favored by -1.5 points at other books.
So, the Cougars really can’t be concerned with that because they know as well as anyone that the Tide is coming off the successful trip from the Northwest.
The Cougars’ only loss of 2021 came by 2 points against Wisconsin and this team is rolling right now putting points on the board in droves. Sure, it has been a rather easy schedule since the Badger defeat but this team did beat the snot out of Oregon to follow up that loss.
Now, a modest 4-game win streak is just paperwork because this team could score in a dollar strip club with a handful of nickels! If Alabama thinks they like to shoot 3s wait until they get a load of Houston’s outside shooting. The Cougars are ranked 38th in the nation shooting 38.4% from behind the arc and overall this program totes a 49.6 shooting percentage good for 16th in the land.
There is this guy who doesn’t have a number… wait, I guess 0 is still a number, isn’t it? All right, well, there is this guy who will you see wearing a jersey with a big O on his back. This dude wearing a zero jersey is not a zero in life and you won’t miss him on the court. He may be only 6-2 but he fills that 200-pound frame and can shoot the rock like the dickens!
Sasser only put up 9 points against Butler but he has been a double-digit scorer in every other game this season. What is also impressive is that he has only turned the ball over a total of 4 times over the last 4 games and he handles the ball plenty.
Alabama Crimson Tide
I wish I could be in the building when this team comes out with the Battle of Seattle trophy in tow. The hardware is awesome but beating Gonzaga especially right in Seattle is quite a momentum builder, or it could be, at least.
Every capper or bettor sees it 2 ways because it could be a huge letdown spot or indeed it could lift this program to start thinking they are among the top-10 in the nation now. It is no easy task to be playing teams when your program is ranked in the top-10 because you damn well know everyone wants to knock you right out of there.
Houston is well-equipped to come into Tuscaloosa and upset this team so the Tide better not be all smiles tonight to celebrate the Seattle trip. It is what it is and it is only December still.
The Alabama defense is going to be trying to limit the 3-point shooting of the Cougars and this team does guard the arc rather well. The Tide is ranked 27th in the nation holding teams to 27% shooting from behind the arc, but the Houston defense is going to give Alabama all they can handle too.
Houston ranks 2nd in the nation holding teams to 53.4 points a night but the Tide are putting up a massive 86.4 PPG so this will be a battle on both ends of the floor.
Jaden Shackelford is hitting 43.1% of his 3s this year and he leads this team putting up 19.3 points a pop. In fact, all 4 of the top scorers on this team are guards and then everyone else just pitches in what they can.
We know Alabama is only going to go 2-3 deep into that bench and then we have a few concerns about depth. That could be an issue as SEC play draws near but this is still a good opportunity for the Tide to play another top-level opponent on their home floor.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in Crimson Tide last 10 overall.
- Over is 5-2 in Crimson Tide’s last 7 home games.
- Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
- Cougars are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Free Houston Cougars vs. Alabama Crimson Tide NCAAB Betting Prediction:
If 143 is supposed to score me out of playing this total, it didn’t work. A game in the 70s with these two teams who could both get hot at the same time? Sure, will there be missed 3s and some chances lost? Yes, there will be but there will be enough good shots and big moments to help us cash this over in a close one.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Over 143
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