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March Madness: Analyst makes prediction for Alabama’s Round of 64 matchup

In the opening round of March Madness 2024, No. 4 Alabama will take on No. 13 College of Charleston in Spokane, Washington on Friday. When it coms to the NCAA Tournament, anything is possible, so fans should not consider the Crimson Tide to be a lock to advance to the Round of 32.

ESPN college basketball expert Jay Bilas shared his prediction for every single game of the opening round (subscription required). When it comes to Alabama, he believes the game could look like an attractive upset candidate, but the Tide pulls off the win.

“The engines behind the Tide attack are lefties Mark Sears and Aaron Estrada, both of whom were mid-major recruits out of high school,” writes Bilas, “Sears reminds of former Villanova star Jalen Brunson and does a great job of getting to the rim and the foul line. While Tennessee’s Dalton Knecht is the SEC player of the year, Sears has better overall numbers. Estrada is an outstanding guard rebounder and a triple-double threat. Alabama has multiple threats from deep and are a tough cover from tap to buzzer. The problem for the Tide? Defense.”

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Bilas ultimately rolls with the Tide in his prediction, stating, “This is a great upset pick, because Charleston can really play. But, because Sears is so good, I like Alabama’s scoring ability to overcome its defensive issue”

Roll Tide Wire will continue to follow Alabama basketball as the Crimson Tide gets started on Friday against Charleston.

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