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How and what to watch for Vanderbilt vs. No. 8 Alabama

Alabama sits atop of the SEC, and Vandy is securely in the basement.

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Alabama Crimson Tide guard Jahvon Quinerly shoots against Georgia Bulldogs guard Tye Fagan during the second half at Coleman Coliseum.  Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide are flying high and sitting alone on top of the SEC standings, they’ll try not to slip up when they welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores to Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide (17-5, 12-1 SEC) have been a bit of a surprise this season with how dominant they’ve been. They’re averaging over 80 points per game and are allowing opponents to score just 70. They’ve lost two of their last five, but came out on fire in their last game against the Georgia Bulldogs with a season-high 115 points. Jaden Shackelford and John Petty Jr. lead the way offensively for Bama, scoring just over an average of 13 points each, but they have four players who average double figures, so it’s not any one player who will hurt the opposition more than the rest.

Vandy (6-11, 2-9 SEC) is having a rough go of it in 2021, only winning twice since the start of the new year. Their offense is scoring just about 73 points per game, but their defense is allowing about the same amount, which is less than ideal. They’ve only eclipsed 80 points four times this season and haven’t done it at all since Jan. 30. Scotty Pippen Jr. is the lone bright spot for Vanderbilt, he’s scoring over 20 points per game and has played in every single contest so far this year.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Vanderbilt vs. Alabama on Saturday, February 20th at 1:00 p.m. ET on SEC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Alabama -14.5
Point Total: 153
Money line: Vanderbilt +850, Alabama -1667

  • Despite their overall record, Vandy has gone 4-0-2 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone over in eight of Vanderbilt’s last 11 thanks to the shaky defense.
  • Bama has been pretty close to a lock against the spread, going 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15.
  • The total has gone under in four of Alabama’s last six games.

The Best Bet

Vanderbilt has played four games against top-40 KenPom opponents this season and have gotten wrecked by 20 points or more in three of them. They are primed to give up points to a Crimson Tide team that has consistently put up 80+ in various games, but expect the Commodores to put up enough themselves to trigger the over.

Pick: Over 153

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