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#734 Alabama -10.5
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 6:00pm EST
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: January 25, 2020, Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL, 6:00 PM ET

The Kansas State Wildcats attempt to put the infamous brawl with Kansas in the rearview for Saturday’s tough road trip to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Since their road loss to Kentucky, the Tide have rolled over Auburn, Missouri and Vanderbilt in three consecutive victories. The Wildcats, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six games, including an 81-60 loss to Kansas on Tuesday night.

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The aftermath of the brawl still lingers

The shocking brawl that erupted on the court between Kansas and Kansas State didn’t come without repercussions. Kansas took the biggest hit in length of suspensions with forward Silvio De Sousa getting hit with 12 games. However, two Wildcats players were also disciplined with James Love receiving eight games and Antonio Gordon getting three games.

“This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and these suspensions reflect the severity of last evening’s events,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “I am appreciative of the cooperation of both institutions in resolving this matter.”

The incident served as a black eye for college basketball, but Kansas State will do whatever they can not to let it define an already disappointing season. A tall task awaits them in Saturday’s road trip against the surging Crimson Tide.

Alabama is currently the No. 2 scoring offense in the country with the team averaging 83.1 points per game at home. That doesn’t bode well for a Kansas State team allowing a 75.3-point scoring average in their last three outings.

It’s hard to put much faith in the Wildcats with Xavier Sneed and Cartier Diarra serving as the only reliable scoring options. Unless they plan on ripping off a pair of earth-shattering offensive performances, it could be a long night for Kansas State.

What got into the Tide?

Gonzaga is the only basketball team in the country averaging more points per game than Alabama right now. Let that thought sink in for a moment.

The Crimson Tide have been on a tear, and they are rolling over anyone in their path. Their last three consecutive wins, including an 83-64 win over Auburn, have ended in 14-plus-point blowout margins. They aren’t just defeating teams. They’re burying them on the scoreboard.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t serious concerns, particularly when it comes to loose handling of the ball. The Crimson Tide turned the ball over 25 times in Wednesday’s win over Vanderbilt and still dominated in a 77-62 victory.

They’ll try to clean up the mistakes in Saturday’s run-in with Kansas State. Junior guard John Petty Jr. will be looking to spearhead that effort against the Wildcats’ 51st-ranked defense. Petty is having a sensational season leading the Crimson Tide in scoring with 16.7 points per game. Throw Kira Lewis Jr. in the mix and the game could turn into an offensive soiree at Kansas State’s expense.

However, don’t sleep on Alabama’s ability to step up on defense. They are only allowing a 31.2 field goal shooting percentage in their last three outings.

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Assuming there aren’t punches thrown or players threatening other players with steel chairs, this will be another lopsided affair with relatively little competitive excitement. Kansas State can’t stop the Tide on defense, and they lack the offensive firepower to go blow-for-blow in scoring enough to keep themselves in the game.

Alabama is 9-1 when playing at home this season, and Kansas State is far from being considered a road warrior team. They are one of the most turnover-prone teams in the country, and they are ranked 269th in rebounds. The writing is already on the wall ahead of their road trip to Tuscaloosa. Petty and company will have no issues running up the score on a Wildcats offense allowing a 46.0 field goal shooting percentage to opposing teams in their last three outings.

It’s asking too much of Sneed and Diarra to carry the sort of load they’d have to carry to even keep this game competitive. I’m laying the points and taking the Crimson Tide on Saturday.

Prediction: Alabama Crimson Tide (-7.5)

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Kansas State lacks offensive firepower, but more importantly, they lack the defensive ability to stop Alabama on the road. The Crimson Tide are averaging 83.5 points per game when playing in their home building.

This will be an offensive mismatch with Petty and Lewis pouring it on the scoreboard, along with the rest of the Crimson Tide lineup. Look at what they did to No. 4-ranked Auburn over a week ago. They dropped 83 points and shot 42.9 percent from the floor. It wasn’t even their best shooting night, and the game still ended up in a blowout. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (145.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.