A pair of red-hot teams clash on Friday in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 South Region when the fifth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs battle the No. 1 seeded Alabama Crimson Tide. The Aztecs (29-6, 15-3 Mountain West), who won their conference tournament title, have won six games in a row. The Crimson Tide (31-5, 16-2 SEC), the SEC Tournament champion, are riding a five-game winning streak. San Diego State and Alabama are both making their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. This is the Crimson Tide's second Sweet 16 appearance in three seasons, while the Aztecs had lost in the first round in each of the past two years.
The game from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, will tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Crimson Tide are favored by 7 points in the latest San Diego State vs. Alabama odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 137.5. (See up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page.)
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The model knows Alabama freshman forward Brandon Miller has been playing well of late. He has scored in double figures in 26 of the past 27 games, including a 19-point performance in Saturday's second-round win over Maryland. In the SEC Tournament Championship Game win over Texas A&M, Miller scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. It was his second consecutive double-double and third in four games. He has nine double-doubles on the year. In 36 games, all starts, Miller is averaging 19.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and two assists in 32.7 minutes of action.
But the model also knows senior guard Matt Bradley is a big reason for the Aztecs' success this season. He leads the team in scoring, averaging 13 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.7 minutes. He has started all 35 games, and is connecting on 41.1% of his field goals, including 36.6% of his 3-pointers, and 79.8% of his free throws. He opened the tournament with a 17-point, seven-rebound and four-assist performance against Charleston, and then scored 10 points, grabbed three boards and had two assists in the second-round win over Furman.
Now, the model has set its sights on San Diego State vs. Alabama. We can tell you the model is leaning Over on the point total, and it also says one side of the spread hits more than 50% of the time! You ABSOLUTELY need to see the model before locking in any college basketball picks.
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