NCAA Basketball Picks: Alabama +13 vs. Wichita State

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:22 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 2:22 PM GMT

Alabama has some talented guards that match up well against Wichita State, which makes it a top college basketball pick at Charles Koch Arena Tuesday.

Familiar Foe
Alabama will be playing Wichita State for the fourth time in the last five seasons, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it looks to avenge a 72-67 setback as one-point home underdogs in last year’s meeting.

The Crimson Tide have dropped their last four non-conference road games against top-25 opponents, while five of the previous six meetings in this series have been decided by a single-digit margin.

It’s important to point out that the team is 3-24 SU and 14-13 ATS when getting points since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, with the UNDER going 16-10 in that situation.

 

A Strong Start
Wichita State has proven victorious in seven of its first eight games, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks, as four of those wins have come over 2014 NCAA Tournament representatives by an average of 20.3 points.

The Shockers have four players averaging in double figures, with All-Americans Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet leading the way in scoring 18.5 and 13.0 points a contest respectively.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 8-0 SU and 3-4-1 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points, with the OVER cashing in all three opportunities in the marketplace.

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Guard Play
The Crimson Tide have some firepower on the perimeter, as their trio of talented guards average a combined 43.9 points per game, but sports bettors will want to check Ricky Tarrant’s status throughout the day due to an undisclosed injury.

Alabama ranks 38th in the country in knocking down 164 attempts from the charity stripe, which is significant due to the fact it leads all FBS teams in shooting 78.8 percent from the area.

 

A Tough Place to Play
The Shockers will try to establish a new school record in winning their 23rd consecutive home game, while they’ve captured their last 30 overall versus non-conference foes in that situation.

Wichita State has made it commonplace to jump on foes early regardless of the venue—leading at the break in its last 18 contests dating back to las season.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Crimson Tide as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve covered the number in their last three games as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Alabama Crimson Tide +13 at 5Dimes

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