The No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs will take on the No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday at Climate Pledge Arena in the 2021 Battle in Seattle. It's technically a neutral site game for the ranked opponents, but Gonzaga will still have a decided home-court advantage playing in the state of Washington. The Crimson Tide are 6-1 on the season, while Gonzaga is 7-1.
Alabama has been better against the spread this season at 5-2 compared to Gonzaga's 4-4 mark against the number. The Bulldogs are favored by 9.5 points in the latest Gonzaga vs. Alabama odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 163. Before entering any Alabama vs. Gonzaga picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Gonzaga vs. Alabama spread: Gonzaga -9.5
- Gonzaga vs. Alabama over-under: 163 points
What you need to know about Gonzaga
Gonzaga was able to grind out a victory over the Tarleton State Texans on Monday, winning 64-55. It was another big night for Gonzaga's center Chet Holmgren, who had 15 points in addition to nine rebounds and four blocks. The possible No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft is averaging 13.8 points on 71.0 percent shooting and is also pulling down 7.0 rebounds and blocking 3.5 shots per game.
Fellow post player Drew Timme has been Gonzaga's leading scorer this season. He's averaging 17.4 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per contest and has already surpassed 1,000 points in his career early in his third season on campus. Charles Bediako (7-footer) is the only player in the Alabama rotation taller than 6-foot-8, so the Crimson Tide could have their hands full with Timme and Holmgren.
What you need to know about Alabama
Meanwhile, Bama simply couldn't be stopped on Sunday, as the Tide easily beat the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes 96-64. Bama can attribute much of its success to guard JD Davison, who dropped a double-double on 13 points and 10 assists along with six boards. Guard Keon Ellis also had a big game, shooting 5-for-6 from downtown and finishing with 22 points.
Nate Oats' squad is once again playing at an incredible tempo and currently rank 11th nationally in scoring (85.7 ppg) while shooting a solid 48.5 percent from the floor. On the defensive end, Alabama does an exceptional job of running teams off the 3-point line, allowing opponents to make just 25.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
How to make Alabama vs. Gonzaga picks
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