9:05 pm
November 9

Louisiana Tech @ #14 Alabama

Who will WIN this matchup?

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (0-0)

@ #14 Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0)


Current odds:

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs: (+475)

Alabama Crimson Tide: (-700)


The spread for the game is Alabama by 11.5 points.

The No. 14 Crimson Tide rallied past Louisiana for a 73-68 win in a home charity contest, but the games start counting for real on Tuesday. Oats’ squad opens the 2021-22 season hosting another school from the bayou area – Louisiana Tech – and the Southeastern Conference team has high expectations. Alabama had its best season in 35 years last year.

Last year, Oats led the Tuscaloosa school to its best record since the 1986-87 season — the Tide rolled to a 28-5 mark then and lost in an NCAA regional semifinal — and left an indelible impression along the way. The team posted a 26-7 overall record, went 16-2 in SEC play, secured the conference’s regular-season and tournament titles and ended up ranked No. 5 – matched its highest ranking ever to end a campaign. But Oats lost SEC Player of the Year Herb Jones and Josh Primo among others. Alabama added strong talent that should help right away.

The Bulldogs were victorious in their own exhibition, beating visiting Mississippi College 86-50 behind a strong performance by Kenneth Lofton Jr. Coach Eric Konkol will ride the powerful Lofton – a 6-foot-7, 275-pound forward – who was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year and Third Team All-Conference-USA.

In his first season, the Port Arthur, Tex., native scored a team-high 387 points (12.1 points per game) and led the team in double-digit production in points (22 games). Lofton – who is not the son of the former Major League Baseball outfielder – played guard before a late growth spurt.

StreakSmarter Pick
#14 Alabama Crimson Tide