Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 16 NCAA Tournament Game (Crimson Tide Take Control)

Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 16 NCAA Tournament Game (Crimson Tide Take Control)


Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • No. 1 Alabama (29-5) vs. Texas A&M-CC (24-10)
  • Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • Time: 2:45 PM ET
  • Venue: Legacy Arena at BJCC -- Birmingham, Alabama
  • Coverage: CBS

The 2023 NCAA Tournament continues on Thursday with an exciting Round of 64 matchup between the No. 16 Texas A&M-CC Islanders and No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Texas A&M-CC is in the big dance for the third time in school history, while Alabama is making its 24th tournament appearance.

Texas A&M-CC took down Southeast Missouri State by a score of 75-71 during Tuesday's First Four game and has won 13 of its last 14 games. Meanwhile, Alabama has been the victor in seven of its last eight games and won an SEC Championship last week. Which team will earn a win on Thursday?

Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC Odds & Spread

Alabama enters this contest as a massive favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 2:45 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 155.5 points, which is above average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC Betting Trends

  • Alabama's record against the spread is 20-14-0.
  • The Crimson Tide have no wins ATS (0-1) as a 23.5-point favorite or greater this season.
  • Alabama has played 34 games this year, and 15 of them have hit the over.
  • Texas A&M-CC is 18-11-0 against the spread this season.
  • The Islanders have no wins ATS (0-1) as a 23.5-point underdog or more this season.
  • This year, 20 of Texas A&M-CC's 29 games have gone over the point total.
Alabama Rank Alabama AVG Texas A&M-CC AVG Texas A&M-CC Rank
7th 82.2 Points Scored 80.2 17th
127th 68.5 Points Allowed 72.5 254th
1st 40.8 Rebounds 34 53rd
15th 11.2 Off. Rebounds 10.3 38th
9th 10.1 3pt Made 7.7 139th
43rd 15.2 Assists 15.5 30th
320th 13.6 Turnovers 12.5 245th

Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC Prediction & Pick

The Islanders were led by senior guard Jalen Jackson on Tuesday as he scored a team-high 22 points (14-of-18 free throws). Isaac Mushila added a double-double (15 points & 12 rebounds) as well. Taking on the No. 1 overall seed in Alabama presents a ton of insane challenges now, though.

The Crimson Tide are one of the most balanced teams in the country, ranking fifth in defensive efficiency and 44th in offensive efficiency. Alabama owns the third-best average scoring margin (+13.7) and knows how to build leads with its 10.1 made three-pointers per game (No. 9 in NCAA).

No. 1 seeds are 147-1 straight up in games against No. 16 seeds since 1985, so back Alabama here.

Final Score Prediction: Alabama: 88 | Texas A&M-CC: 63

Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC Best Bet

While Alabama averages the third-most possessions per game in college hoops, don't be surprised if head coach Nate Oats takes his foot off the pedal in the second half of this one. Staying fresh for a matchup against either Maryland or West Virginia will be crucial for the Crimson Tide's title hopes.

It makes the under worth betting here. After all, the total has hit the under in four of Alabama's last five games overall and in five of Texas A&M-CC's last six games as an underdog. These guys will be flying up and down the court in the first half, but everything will slow down once they return from half.

Bet: Under 155.5 Total Points (-110)

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