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College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

CBB FREE PICK: Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

#833 Alabama -12 (Friday, November 29 @ 9:30 pm EST)

It’s been a rough start to the Nate Oats era as Alabama sits 2-4 heading into tonight’s game vs. Southern Miss. They opened with a home loss to Penn, were outclassed on the road at Rhode Island, and are in danger of going winless at the Battle for Atlantis after losses to North Carolina and Iowa State. That’s not an easy schedule with four top 100 teams and Oats’ commitment to play up-tempo (78.6 possessions per game) isn’t ideal when going up against better competition.

It was telling that long-time Southern Miss head coach Doc Sadler resigned after last season. Sadler took a downtrodden program and slowly built it into a winner that popped for 20 victories a year ago. Last year’s squad was a veteran bunch (20th nationally in experience) so perhaps not wanting to deal with another rebuilding season, Sadler left to becoming Fred Hoiberg’s assistant at Nebraska. The transition to Jay Ladner hasn’t been smooth. They posted competitive losses on the road vs. South Alabama and North Florida but were completely outclassed in losses to Iowa State (73-45), Gonzaga (94-69), and Seton Hall (81-56). Alabama isn’t on Gonzaga’s level but they aren’t that far removed from Iowa State and Seton Hall yet we’re getting five points cheaper of a point spread. Look for the Tide to save a little face with a comfortable win tonight.

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