Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Volunteers vs. Crimson Tide CBB Odds
Looking for Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Volunteers taking on the Crimson Tide on Saturday, March 13th, 2021 in the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily basketball predictions like this Volunteers Crimson Tide matchup.
2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(18-7) Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (22-6)
Date: Saturday March 13th, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Alabama -3
CBB Betting Total: 137.5
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Tennessee was a top 10 team at times this season, and has a great chance to improve their NCAA tournament seeding by punching their ticket to the SEC Championship with a win on Sunday.
Of course Alabama feels a spot in the title game is their right. The Crimson Tide are the #1 seed in the tournament, with wins in 7 of their last 8 including a dominant 85-48 win in the tourney opener.
The Vols have dispersed a good Florida team in back to back games, but had flip-flopped wins and losses in their last seven games of the regular season. It’s still been a nice week vs. the Gators.
Tennessee has won their last two games by a combined 23 points. They closed out the regular season 65-54 thanks to three players all scoring 14 points. The Vols won by 12 on Friday as five players had at least 11.
What’s tough about the quick turnaround for Tennessee is that it doesn’t give much time for John Fulkerson to recover from a concussion. Fulkerson was knocked out after a couple elbows from Florida’s Omar Payne, who was obviously ejected.
Fulkerson isn’t the bread and butter on this Tennessee team, but he is a solid contributor. The Vols can get a big game from Keon Johnson, who is averaging 16.7 ppg the last three.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama’s short turnaround is fairly simple, as Friday’s 85-48 win over Mississippi State didn’t exert a whole lot of energy. Only two Crimson Tide players even logged more than 20 minutes, so they are fresh.
Friday’s games may have been the perfect one to knock the rust off for both teams. The Crimson Tide defense held the Bulldogs to just 1-19 from three point range and 29% from the field.
Alabama isn’t known for their defense, but they completely shut down Mississippi State. The Vols have the 6th worst scoring defense in the SEC so they could be limited here, especially without Fulkerson.
The Crimson Tide on the other hand have four players averaging in double figures. They weren’t needed in the dominating win over Mississippi State, but Jaden Shackelford, John Petty, Jr. ,and Jahvon Quinerly can all hit 12-16+.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-1 in Volunteers last 10 neutral site games
- Crimson Tide are 2-5 ATS last 7 Saturday games
- Under is 4-1 in Crimson Tide last 4 overall
- Underdog is 4-0 ATS last 4 head to head meetings
Free Tennessee Volunteers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide NCAAB Prediction:
Alabama will likely get pounced on by bettors here as the #1 seed in the tournament only giving 3 points. Why is that spread just 3 by the way? The Crimson Tide sure looked good against Mississippi State.
Tennessee loses more than you think with the Fulkerson absence as well. Alabama won by 8 in Knoxville in the teams’ only meeting this season and should have a nice go of it again on Saturday.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Crimson Tide -3
This spread almost seems alarmingly low. Alabama would seem to have value as 4 or 5+ point favorites which is usually a red flag.
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