The 18th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0, 0-0 SEC) will be looking for an upset when they face the 12th-ranked Michigan State Spartans (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) in the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday night. The Crimson Tide are coming off a 104-62 win over Jacksonville State as 21.5-point favorites. The Spartans are coming off a 73-71win over Villanova as 6.5-point favorites.
Crimson Tide Going For Fifth Consecutive WinThe Crimson Tide are off to a hot start after winning their first four games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Spartans, which will give them their fifth win in a row and first win over a ranked opponent this season.
Alabama is averaging 84.8 points per game. They scored 104 points in their last game, making 51.5 percent of their field goals and 45.7 percent of their three-pointers.
Brandon Miller led Alabama with 28 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Nimari Burnett finished with 18 points and four rebounds, while Mark Sears added 18 points and three assists.
Alabama has also played well defensively, giving up 57.5 points per game. They gave up 62 points in their last game and will need to keep it up if they want to win this game.
Spartans Going For Third Consecutive WinThe Spartans followed up their first loss of the season with two straight wins. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Crimson Tide, which will give them their third win in a row and fourth win in their last five games.
Michigan State is averaging 73.8 points per game. They scored 73 points in their last game, making 51.9 percent of their field goals and 52 percent of their three-pointers.
Tyson Walker led the Spartans with 22 points, three rebounds, and five assists. A.J. Hoggard finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists, while Joey Hauser finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
Michigan State has played well defensively, giving up 66.8 points per game. They gave up 71 points in their last game and will need to do a better job if they want to get the win.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Crimson Tide have won four straight games, but none of their opponents has a winning record. Even though they have played well offensively, they were playing overmatched teams they were expected to beat, so it’s hard to say just how good they are. The Spartans have been tested already this season, facing two of the top five teams in the country, and they did a good job defensively in those games. They force a lot of turnovers and will get a lot of easy scoring opportunities against the Crimson Tide, who are giving up the ball 17 times per game. They are also holding opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field while giving up less than 70 points per game, so expect them to keep Alabama’s offense in check. The Spartans have won three of their first four games. They played well offensively in those games, scoring more than 73 points per game. They do a good job finding the open man and they’re very good on the offensive glass and will get extra scoring opportunities against the Crimson Tide. Even though Alabama has played well defensively, they will have a hard time slowing down the Spartans, so go with Michigan State to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Crimson Tide are averaging 84.8 points per game. They play at a fast pace, averaging 75.2 possessions per game. They are facing a defense that is giving up 66.8 points per game and will be held under their average in this game. The Spartans are averaging 73.8 points per game. They play at a slower pace, averaging 74 possessions per game. With the Crimson Tide giving up 57.5 points per game, the Spartans won’t score enough points to push the score over the total.