Alabama Basketball March Madness Odds, Best Bets, and Season Recap
The college basketball season is starting to wind down, which means March Madness is right around the corner. It’s one of the best events in all of sports, and a godsend for bettors. The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is especially fun to wager on, and as the tourney gets closer we’ll be bringing you everything you need to get ready. We’ll be taking a look at all of the top teams one by one, and today we’re breaking down the top squad in the SEC, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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Alabama Basketball Schedule – The Season So Far
Alabama had a down year last season where they finished just 16-15. As such, expectations weren’t particularly high for the 2020-21 campaign. They’ve shattered those expectations, steadily marching up the rankings, and are now eighth in the latest AP poll. They’re the consensus best team in the SEC, which not too many people saw coming at the beginning of the year.
The Crimson Tide are 17-5 overall, with only one loss in conference play. Even that one loss was by only three points on the road against Missouri. Their last loss before that was by only five points on the road against a really good Oklahoma team. What’s incredible about this Alabama team is that they manage to play lockdown defense despite playing at a blistering fast-pace.
You often see elite defensive teams, like Virginia, play at a really slow pace to control the game. But the Crimson Tide rank second nationally in defensive efficiency per Kenpom’s numbers, despite playing at the tenth-fastest pace. They simply out-hustle opponents, and their style of play will be really fun to watch in March Madness.
Sportsbook Betting Odds for Alabama to win NCAA Tournament
Oddsmakers are giving plenty of respect to Alabama. At FanDuel they’ve got the seventh-lowest odds to win it all at +1700, while at DraftKings they’re eighth-lowest at +2000.
FanDuel has them at +300 to make it to the Final Four, while at DraftKings they’re +400. To win the SEC Tournament, FanDuel has them at +200 while they’re +225 at DraftKings.
Best Alabama March Madness Bets
I could see Alabama making a deep run in March Madness, and defense wins championships after all, so I’d consider sprinkling a few bucks on their title odds at 20/1. The bet I like more is them to win the conference at +225. Their defense will win out in this conference tournament setting, and they only have one conference loss in 13 games this season. They already beat their toughest competition in the SEC, Tennessee, on the road earlier in the year.
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March Madness team-by-team guides
Be sure to check out the rest of our March Madness team guides, providing everything you need to know ahead of the huge college basketball tournament!Last updated: Tue 23rd February 2021