The No. 1 seed Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 8 seed Maryland Terrapins meet up in a South Region matchup in the 2023 NCAA Tournament on Saturday night. This is Alabama's third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Crimson Tide last played in the Sweet 16 during the 2021 campaign. Maryland has made the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three years. In 2021, the Terrapins lost to the Crimson Tide 96-77 in the second round. Brandon Miller, Alabama's leading scorer, is dealing with a groin injury but is expected to play.
Tipoff from Legacy Arena in Birmingham is set for 9:40 p.m. ET. The Crimson Tide are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Maryland vs. Alabama odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 142. Before making any Alabama vs. Maryland picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Alabama vs. Maryland and revealed its coveted picks and predictions for the NCAA Tournament 2023. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for Maryland vs. Alabama:
- Alabama vs. Maryland: Crimson Tide -8.5
- Alabama vs. Maryland over/under: 142 points
- Alabama vs. Maryland money line: Crimson Tide -400, Terrapins +320
- BAMA: Under is 4-1 in Crimson Tide's last five overall
- MD: Terrapins are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral site games
- Alabama vs. Maryland picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Alabama can cover
Freshman forward Noah Clowney is a mobile, floor-spacing offensive option. Clowney can change directions in a hurry and is a great shot blocker. The South Carolina native averages 10.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. On March 12 against Texas A&M, he put up nine points, 11 rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Jahvon Quinerly is a quick and agile playmaker in the backcourt. Quinerly is able to shoot off the dribble with ease, knocking down 34% of his 3-point attempts. The New Jersey logs 8.3 points and 3.7 assists per game. He supplied 13 points and one assist off the bench in the first-round win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Why Maryland can cover
Senior guard Jahmir Young has a strong offensive game. Young utilizes his sharpshooting skills to stretch the floor and be an asset on the perimeter. The Maryland native averages 15.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. On March 5 against Penn State, Young totaled 26 points and eight boards.
Sophomore forward Julian Reese is an athletic and mobile playmaker in the frontcourt. Reese has good bounce and can finish above the rim with ease. The Maryland native takes efficient shots and defends the rim well. Reese averages 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest. In the first-round win over WVU, he tallied 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
How to make Maryland vs. Alabama picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 144 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits almost 60% of the time. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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