It might be fairly humorous if Alabama lastly did not make the ultimate 4 for the Faculty Soccer Playoff this season, however did make the lads’s basketball Ultimate 4.
And never solely does Alabama appear to be a crew that would make a Ultimate 4 in basketball, the Crimson Tide might win the entire thing.
Alabama has been a power these days. Purdue is No. 1 within the nation and deservedly so with its 19-1 file, however Alabama is the most effective crew proper now. The Crimson Tide is 17-2 and has been obliterating groups since a Dec. 17 loss to Gonzaga. They’ve gained all eight video games since then by double digits. Seven of these wins got here in opposition to SEC opponents. Alabama has been nice to bettors too. The Crimson Tide has coated the unfold seven occasions in a row.
Mississippi State shouldn’t be a horrible crew (57th in KenPom’s rankings) nevertheless it’s an enormous 13.5-point underdog at BetMGM for Wednesday night time’s recreation at Alabama. And it is arduous to provide you with a motive to wager on Mississippi State.
Alabama is led by freshman Brandon Miller, a 6-9 freshman who’s a contender for nationwide participant of the yr and is a top-three choose in most NBA mock drafts. Alabama has greater than Miller although, with a deep crew that performs quick, forces a whole lot of misses on protection and can rise up a whole lot of 3-pointers. Maybe the Crimson Tide’s reliance on 3s will likely be a difficulty in a one-and-done match if they’ve an off night time, however all of the components are in place to win a championship.
Alabama is +1000 at BetMGM to win all of it this season, the third-best odds within the sport. You would possibly wish to be holding that ticket in March.
Here is the primary take a look at the sports activities betting slate for Wednesday:
Prime 25 faculty basketball motion
Seven top-25 groups are in motion on a busy Wednesday in faculty hoops.
There’s one recreation between two top-25 groups, as No. 19 UConn hosts No. 13 Xavier. UConn was the story of the early a part of the season however has cooled off these days. The Huskies are 6.5-point favorites, which appears just a little excessive. Xavier’s solely loss in its final 13 video games was a one-point loss final week at DePaul.
A ten-game night time within the NBA
It is a busy night time within the NBA, as nicely. The Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN would have been a unbelievable recreation if not for Kevin Durant‘s knee damage. The Nets have not been the identical with out Durant, and the 76ers are 5.5-point favorites.
We might get a reasonably enjoyable matchup between the 2 gamers who’ve mixed for the final 4 MVP awards in Milwaukee, as Nikola Jokic‘s Denver Nuggets tackle Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. However Jokic has been battling a hamstring damage, Denver performed at New Orleans on Tuesday night time and Jokic (together with Jamal Murray might sit). The Bucks are 7.5-point favorites, and control the damage report as tipoff approaches.
Better of the remainder
The Farmers Insurance coverage Open begins on Wednesday with a great area for the PGA Tour occasion at Torrey Pines. Jon Rahm is the clear favourite at +450, with Xander Schauffele second at +1100.
What’s the most effective wager?
It is not the sexiest matchup, however I will go together with the Oklahoma City Thunder as a 1.5-point underdog at dwelling in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks. The Thunder is 8-0-1 in opposition to the unfold of their final 9 video games and is coming alongside lots quicker than anticipated this season.