NCAA Basketball Picks: Alabama vs. Florida

Steven Suarez

Saturday, March 16, 2013 11:42 AM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013 11:42 AM UTC

The Gators are looking like the team to beat in the SEC tournament, but first must get past Alabama in the semi-final round. Will they cover as double-digit favorites or should we look elsewhere with our NCAA Basketball picks?

Odds Overview

The Gators have been getting huge chalk game in and game out and today's semi-final is no different. In terms of the NCAA basketball odds, they're favored by 13.5 points at time of writing.


Alabama Crimson Tide

After a first-round BYE, the Crimson Tide were dealt with the task of facing Tennessee in the quarter-finals. It was a solid performance from start to finish for Alabama (+1.5), who ended up with the 58-48 win.

Defense was the name of the game for the Crimson Tide, who held the Volunteers to 32.1 percent shooting overall and 21.7 percent from three. You know you're doing something right when you hold Jordan McRae to nine points on 3-of-13 shooting.

Alabama has now covered the spread and cashed for college basketball bettors in four of their last five contests, one of which was a road game against this same Florida team. The Gators won that won 64-52, with the Crimson Tide cashing as 16-point dogs.

Florida Gators

On a day filled with upsets, the Gators were one of the few teams to take care of business yesterday. They ended up crushing LSU 80-58 and covering as 16-point favorites in the college basketball odds.

As a team, Florida shot 50.9 percent overall and 55.0 percent from three, but the day belonged to Erik Murphy, who hit 11-of-15 shots (5-of-7 from beyond the arc) for 27 points, while adding 12 rebounds to his tally.

It was the perfect way for the Gators to respond after losing their regular season finale on the road versus Kentucky. They came out and set the tone from the beginning and will aim to do the same today against Alabama.

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College Basketball Pick

With our college basketball picks today, we are picking Alabama to stay within the 13 points.

While it's true the Gators are immensely tough to stop when they're hitting shots, these SEC games have mainly been defensive battles, and we think the Crimson Tide will try to make it that way again this afternoon.

Alabama held a talent UT team to just 48 points and we're banking on them making things more difficult for Florida and thus avoiding a blowout. At 10-5 ATS in games away from home this season, we're siding with the Crimson Tide.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide +13.5

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