Check out our free Alabama vs Oklahoma pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Norman. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Alabama vs Oklahoma Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Crimson Tide vs Sooners Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide at Oklahoma Sooners
- Where: Norman at Lloyd Noble Center
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Alabama -6, ALA -262 | OKL +210 O/U 146.0
Crimson Tide Preview:
Alabama will take the floor against the Sooners with an overall record of 18-2. On the road, the Crimson Tide will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 7-1. This season, Alabama has been favored to win in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 16-2. For today’s contest, Alabama has a betting line set -6 points in their favor.
Alabama will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brandon Miller who is averaging 19.45 points per game for the Crimson Tide. Miller is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Crimson Tide’s offensive game plan is the play of Mark Sears who has hit 41.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.1 points per game.
Alabama comes into today’s matchup vs Oklahoma, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 80.0 points per game. Through 20 games, they have hit 44.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Crimson Tide have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 251st in possessions per game.
The Oklahoma Sooners head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 11-9. So far this season, Oklahoma has played 14 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-5. For the season, Oklahoma has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 3-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Sooners being +6 point underdogs.
Oklahoma will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Grant Sherfield who is averaging 16.4 points per game for the Sooners. Sherfield is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Sooners’ offensive game plan is the play of Tanner Groves who has hit 52.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.05 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Oklahoma this season, as they are currently ranked 286th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Sooners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 260th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Oklahoma Sooners +6
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Alabama as the favorites with a line coming in at -6. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Oklahoma Sooners to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Alabama at 9.28 made 3’s per game compared to Oklahoma at 7.36. Look for Oklahoma to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Crimson Tide.