Sweet 16 Preview: Aztecs vs Crimson Tide – Who Wins this Epic Showdown?

The NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 stage will reach its climax on Friday, March 24, as the No. 5 San Diego Aztecs square off against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. The South Region semifinal showdown is set to take place at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

As soon as DraftKings Sportsbook discloses the odds for this highly anticipated game, that information will be included in the article. Additionally, the game time and TV channel will be updated once they are determined.

The game details so far are as follows:

  • Game date: Friday, March 24
  • Game time: To Be Determined
  • TV channel: To Be Determined
  • Location: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

The odds for the game currently stand at:

  • Spread: Alabama -6
  • Total: 143.5
  • Moneyline: Alabama -260, San Diego State +220

The No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs (29-6, 15-3 MWC) have had an impressive run in the tournament thus far. They triumphed over No. 12 Charleston with a 63-57 victory in the first round and defeated No. 13 Furman 75-52 in the second round. Their KenPom rating is impressive, with a 15 overall, 71 in offense, and a remarkable 5 in defense. Matt Bradley leads the team as the top scorer with an average of 13.1 points per game. The Aztecs have showcased a solid defense during the tournament, limiting their opponents to just 32.1% shooting.

In their second-round game against Furman, the Aztecs displayed their dominance on the court. Their defense effectively stifled the Paladins, while they also out-rebounded them 41-25. Micah Parrish had an outstanding performance, contributing 16 points and six rebounds off the bench.

On the other hand, the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (31-5, 16-2 SEC) have also demonstrated their prowess in the tournament. In the first round, they defeated No. 16 Texas A&M-CC 96-75, and in the second round, they secured a 73-51 victory over No. 8 Maryland. The Crimson Tide boasts a remarkable KenPom rating, with a 3 overall, 18 in offense, and 3 in defense. The team’s leading scorer is Brandon Miller, averaging 19.1 points per game. A key statistic from their tournament performance is their ability to hold opponents to a nation-low 41% shooting from two-point range.

Alabama’s game against Maryland showcased why they deserve the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. Holding a five-point lead early in the second half, the Crimson Tide accelerated and left the Terrapins in the dust. Jahvon Quinerly was instrumental in the victory, scoring 22 points.

As the Sweet 16 stage comes to a close, this clash between the San Diego Aztecs and the Alabama Crimson Tide promises to be an exhilarating matchup. With both teams showcasing their skills and tenacity in previous rounds, the anticipation for this game continues to build.