A low-scoring game should be expected when the Arizona Wildcats (6-3) and the Alabama Crimson Tide (7-2) go head-to-head at McKale Memorial Center. Arizona opened as a 7.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 148 points. Action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Preview
In the Crimson Tide’s last contest, they beat the Rhode Island Rams, 68-64. Donta Hall led Alabama in scoring with 13 points on 3-for-6 shooting. Alabama played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.511 (above their season average of 0.292) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.4 (above their season average of 28.8). For those same stats, Rhode Island recorded marks of 0.099 and 22.9, respectively.
The Wildcats will look to maintain momentum after barely hanging on to beat the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies in their last matchup, 67-64. Arizona rallied around Deandre Ayton, who was the teams leading scorer with 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Converting at the free throw line was one of Arizona’s largest strengths. They were 20-24 (83.3 percent), while the Aggies were just 7-10 (70.0 percent).
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the high-octane offense of Arizona takes on the elite defense of Alabama. Since last season, the Wildcats rank 24th in offensive efficiency, while the Crimson Tide are 32nd in defensive efficiency.
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. Games featuring Alabama have finished under 57.1 percent of the time, while 55.6 percent of Arizona games have gone over. The Crimson Tide have the superior straight up (SU) record (7-2 vs. 6-3), but both teams have comparable against the spread (ATS) records. Alabama is 3-4-1 ATS, while Arizona is 3-6 ATS.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Arizona Wildcats Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Arizona, ATS Winner – Arizona, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Crimson Tide rank 203rd in three pointers attempted per game (20.3) while the Wildcats rank 289th (17.3).
- Alabama ranks 50th in blocks per game (4.6) while Arizona ranks 126th (3.5).
- Alabama ranks seventh in assists allowed per game (10.0) while Arizona ranks 143rd (13.1).
- The Wildcats rank 38th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Crimson Tide rank 160th (6.4).
- Arizona ranks ninth in rebounds allowed per game (30.0) while Alabama ranks 98th (34.0).