There’s no doubt about it: the Kentucky Wildcats own the 2014-2015 college basketball season. They’ve already rattled off 16 straight wins at 9-7 ATS, becoming the runaway March Madness favorites at even money. They’ll try to keep the good times rolling this Saturday (4:00 PM ET, ESPN) when they visit the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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Wildcats head coach John Calipari is easily one of the top recruiters in the sport. This year’s crop of UK freshmen is loaded with talent, including 6-foot-11 forward Karl-Anthony Towns (27.3 PER), who’s putting up 17.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per 40 minutes. Towns and 7-foot junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein (27.5 PER) give Kentucky the top defense in Division I, according to Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency stats. The under is 12-4 when the Wildcats play.
The Crimson Tide (12-4 SU, 8-5-1 ATS) have played some good basketball this year, and while they had their six-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday by the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Tide still cashed in as 4-point road dogs in a competitive 68-66 loss. However, Alabama will be at a serious height disadvantage in Saturday’s matchup. The under might be the right play here after going 5-1 in Alabama’s past six games.