After rolling through the SEC Tournament, winning all three games by double figures en route to the championship, the overall top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide look to stay red hot when they take on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders in a 2023 NCAA Tournament South Region first-round game on Thursday. The Islanders (24-10, 14-4 Southland), who have advanced to the first round for the first time in school history, are coming off a 75-71 victory over Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide (29-5, 16-2 SEC), who are looking to advance to the Round of 32 for just the 17th time and Sweet 16 for the 10th time, are coming off their ninth SEC Tournament Championship. Alabama is seeking its first-ever NCAA Tournament title.
The game from Legacy Arena at The BJCC in Birmingham, Ala., will tip off at 2:30 p.m. ET. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is averaging 80.4 points per game, while Alabama averages 82.2. The Crimson Tide are 25-point favorites in the latest Texas A&M-CC vs. Alabama odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 154.5. Before making any Texas A&M-CC vs. Alabama picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Alabama vs. Texas A&M-CC and revealed its coveted picks and predictions for the NCAA Tournament 2023. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Texas A&M-CC vs. Alabama:
- Alabama vs. Texas A&M-CC spread: Alabama -25
- Alabama vs. Texas A&M-CC over/under: 154.5 points
- Alabama vs. Texas A&M-CC money line: Alabama -10000, Texas A&M-CC +2550
- BAMA: The Crimson Tide are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five neutral site games
- TAMUCC: The Islanders are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a winning straight-up record
- Alabama vs. Texas A&M-CC picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Alabama can cover
Freshman forward Noah Clowney has been dominant on the boards this season and is coming off a nine-point and 11-rebound performance in the SEC Tournament Championship Game win over Texas A&M on Sunday. He scored 19 points in the 72-61 win over Missouri in the semifinals. In 33 games, all starts, Clowney is averaging 10.1 points, eight rebounds and one block per game in 25.6 minutes. He has reached double-figure scoring 16 times, including a season-high 22 points against South Dakota State in a 78-65 win on Dec. 3.
Senior guard Jahvon Quinerly is coming off a solid SEC Tournament, reaching double-figure scoring in two of the Crimson Tide's three games. In the championship game win over Texas A&M, he poured in 22 points, while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out three assists. He scored 10 points and had four assists in the quarterfinal win over Mississippi State. In 32 games, including three starts, Quinerly is averaging 8.1 points, 3.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 20.5 minutes.
Why Texas A&M-CC can cover
Senior guard Trevian Tennyson powers the Islanders, and is coming off a 12-point performance in Tuesday's First Four win over Southeast Missouri State. He has reached double-figure scoring in 21 consecutive games. He scored a season-high 28 points in a 97-79 win over New Orleans on Jan. 14. In 33 games, including 32 starts, he is averaging 15.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He is connecting on 44.3% of his field goals, including a blistering 41.2% from 3-point range.
Also helping lead the Islanders is senior forward Isaac Mushila. He registered his 13th double-double of the year with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the First Four victory on Tuesday. In 33 games, including 31 starts, Mushila is averaging 14.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists. He scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds in an 83-75 win over Northwestern State on Feb. 25.
How to make Texas A&M-CC vs. Alabama picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 155 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50% of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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