Plenty of interesting NCAAB games are on the schedule for Saturday, January 21, but this conference duel is surely the one to watch, so feel free to read the best Crimson Tide vs. Tigers betting pick and odds.
Alabama is searching for the eighth consecutive win when they visit Missouri at Mizzou Arena. The Crimson Tide are 7-point favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 169 points. These SEC rivals have met twice last year, and each time the home team secured a win.
Crimson Tide’s first-half defense propel them to a win over Vanderbilt
The Alabama Crimson Tide (16-2, 11-6-1 ATS) continued with excellent form and now are on a seven-game winning streak after defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores on the road. The Tide allowed just 26 points in the first half, which was crucial later in the game as they recorded a 78-66 victory in the end. Alabama limited Vanderbilt to just 30.1% from the field and 18.2% from downtown, keeping the opponents to below 70 points in the seventh consecutive game.
Freshman forward Brandon Miller led the Crimson Tide with a double-double of game-high 30 points and game-high ten rebounds – his fourth double-double of the season. Jaden Bradley scored 12 points with two blocks, while Noah Gurley added 12 points and four boards off the bench.
G Nimari Burnett (wrist) is out indefinitely and will not return to the floor before early February.
Tigers edged the Razorbacks at home
The Missouri Tigers (14-4, 10-8-0 ATS) opened the season with nine wins in a row and 12 out of the first 13 games, but they are not playing well of late. The Tigers did manage to avoid the third consecutive defeat; after coming back home from a two-game road trip and losses to Texas A&M and Florida, Missouri edged the Arkansas Razorbacks 79-76 at home. Arkansas was better in rebounds (42-23), but Missouri registered 13 assists opposite the Razorbacks’ six.
Senior guard Kobe Brown led the Tigers with 17 points, team-high six rebounds, and two steals. DeAndre Gholston contributed 16 points off the bench, while Sean East II also played a key role off the bench with 12 points and a pair of thefts.
F Mabor Majak (quarantine) is out indefinitely and will not be ready to feature on Saturday against the Crimson Tide.
- 1-6 ATS in the last seven games when playing on the road against Missouri
- 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games following an ATS win
- 6-0 ATS in the last six home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Missouri Tigers Pick
Both offenses are among the top 15 in the country; Missouri averages 84.1 ppg, while Alabama is scoring 84.0 ppg. When it comes to defense, the Crimson Tide has a stronger D that allows 69.3 ppg opposite the Tigers’ 75.4 ppg. Missouri is traditionally a tough opponent for Alabama at Mizzou Arena, where the Tigers won five of the last seven H2Hs, including each of the previous three. Even though the Tigers are not playing well at the moment and I doubt they will get a win, I am pretty sure they will cover on Saturday.
Pick: Take the Tigers at +7.5 (-110)
Missouri allowed 71+ points in each of the last seven games, and I am backing Bama to score 80+ in this one because the Tigers don’t have a strong defense. The Crimson Tide scored at least 78 points in each of their previous nine games and given that the latest H2H duel in Missouri produced 178 points, I expect another high-scoring affair. Over is 13-5-1 in the Crimson Tide’s last 19 road games; Over is 15-7 in the Tigers’ previous 22 overall, while Over is 13-3 in Missouri’s last 16 home games.
Pick: Go Over 169 points (-110)