1:00 pm
December 9

Arizona @ Alabama

Who will WIN this matchup?

Arizona Wildcats (7-2)

@ Alabama Crimson Tide (5-3)


Current odds:

Arizona Wildcats: (+115)

Alabama Crimson Tide: (-135)


• The line for this game is Alabama by 2 points.

• Arizona freshman guard Brandon Williams has been a perfect fit with the Wildcats, who had to replace all five starters from last season. The Los Angeles native looks to continue his strong start Sunday against host Alabama, which needs to regroup after blowing a 21-point halftime lead in Tuesday’s 83-80 loss to Georgia State. Williams ranks second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game and recorded his first-double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday’s 80-69 win over Utah Valley.

•  The Wildcats have fallen to Gonzaga and Auburn but recorded a quality road win at UConn last Sunday and hope for a similar outcome against Alabama, which has lost two in a row following a three-game winning streak. The game serves as a homecoming for Arizona point guard Justin Coleman, an Alabama native who started 16 games for the Crimson Tide from 2014-16.

• Miller continues to rave about Duke transfer Chase Jeter, a 6-10 junior who has taken 14 charges and averages 11.7 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds. The Wildcats’ frontcourt has also received a boost from sophomore forward Emmanuel Akot, who started the last three games and shares playing time with senior Ryan Luther. Reserve guard Dylan Smith has scored in double figures in three straight games and is 6-for-15 from 3-point range in those contests after missing his previous 13 attempts.

• Freshman guard Kira Lewis Jr., one of the youngest players in college basketball at 17 years old, averages a team-high 14.9 points and scored 19 in the loss to Georgia State. Senior forward Donta Hall recorded his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but the Crimson Tide crumbled in the second half and allowed 44 points in the final 14 minutes. “We have to get better, physically, mentally, fighting through adversity,” coach Avery Johnson told reporters. “When teams turn up their intensity, both on offense and defense, we’ve got to be able to respond.”

• Arizona defeated the Crimson Tide 88-82 last season in Tucson.

• Alabama senior forward Riley Norris (heart condition) made his season debut against Georgia State and scored four points in eight minutes off the bench.

• Arizona has won 10 of 11 non-conference road games dating back to the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

StreakSmarter Pick
Arizona Wildcats