- The top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide are 24-point favorites over #16 Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders in their NCAA Tournament South Region opening-round game on Thursday, March 16
- Alabama is 7-1 straight up over the past eight games, while Texas A&M-CC is 0-11 SU in the last 11 games against SEC opposition
- Below, get the Alabama vs Texas A&M-CC predictions and odds
Fresh off a win over the Texas A&M Aggies in the SEC Tournament final, the Alabama Crimson Tide (29-5, 24-10 ATS) find themselves facing the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders (24-10, 17-11-2 ATS) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
It’s just the second-ever meeting between the two schools. Alabama won the first meeting and oddsmakers are quiet confident that history will be repeating itself. The Crimson Tide, #1 seed in the South Region, are 24-point favorites over #16 Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Alabama is 3-0 ATS over the past three games.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs Alabama Odds
|Texas A&M CC||+24||+2200||O 155 (-110)|
|Alabama||-24||-15000||U 155 (-110)|
Alabama is assigned a betting line of +700 in the March Madness odds, making the Crimson Tide the second betting choice to win the tournament. The Tide are given -300 odds of reaching the Sweet 16. Texas A&M Corpus Christi are set with odds of +250000 to win the NCAA Tournament.
Tip-off for this game is set for 2:45 pm ET on Thursday, March 16 at Legacy Arena. The game is being carried by CBS.
Odds as of March 15 at Caesars Sportsbook.
Islanders vs Crimson Tide Betting Trends
Not surprisingly, the people are offering heavy backing on the SEC champion Crimson Tide in the public betting splits for this game. In spread splits, Alabama is getting 85% of handle and 74% of bets. The Tide are also drawing 88% of bets on the moneyline splits. However, there’s 57% of handle going on the Islanders at +2200.
People are also indecisive when it comes to the total of 155 points. There’s 87% of handle backing the over. However, 68% of bets are liking the over. Four of Alabama’s last five games have gone under. Texas A&M Corpus Christi has gone over in four of its past six games.
Tide Turning In Alabama
Nate Oats didn’t arrive in Tuscaloosa with the same fanfare as Nick Saban, but he could be the Alabama coach to bring home a national title this year. Certainly, all other sports in the Crimson Tide athletic program take a back seat to the football team. This year, though, the basketball team is making history in Alabama.
For the first time ever, Alabama is entering March Madness as a #1 seed. It’s also the school’s third successive year in the NCAA Tournament, the first time that’s happened since 1989-92. Alabama is the first SEC team to earn a #1 seed since Kentucky in 2015. The Tide have never advanced beyond the Elite Eight in the school’s March Madness history.
There has been one player to win SEC Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season.
Brandon Miller pic.twitter.com/Fu6Wm4xUsn
— Alabama Men’s Basketball (@AlabamaMBB) March 15, 2023
Beating the Texas A&M Aggies 82-63, Alabama won its second SEC Tournament title in three years. Turning his ninth double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Freshman forward Brandon Miller was earning SEC Tournament MVP recognition. He leads the team with 19.6 points per game. Miller and senior guard Jahvon Quinerly (22 points), the 2021 SEC Tourney MVP, combined to score 45 of Alabama’s 82 points.
Islanders Collect First NCAA Tournament Victory
The number one and March Madness also came up big for Texas Corpus Christi this week. A 75-71 victory over Southeast Missouri State in Tuesday’s First Four game accounted for the first-ever NCAA Tournament win for the Islanders.
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 14, 2023
Senior guard Jalen Jackson, the Southland Conference (SLC) MVP, scored a career-high 22 points in this historic victory. Senior forward Isaac Mushilla, an All-Conference First-Team selection this season, added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ranks fifth in the nation in free throw percentage (.790) and 13th in free throws made per game (16.7).
Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs Alabama Prediction
The Islanders are 4-0-1 against the spread over their past five games. However, they’re 2-4 ATS this season as a betting underdog and 0-2 ATS as a double-digit underdog. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is 0-11 straight up in the school’s last 11 games against SEC opponents.
Alabama is 6-5 ATS this season as a double digit favorite. The Crimson Tide are 11-2 SU over the past 13 games.
Pick: Alabama Crimson Tide -24 (-110).
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