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Alabama at Missouri Preview


Who: Alabama (16-14) (8-9) at Missouri (14-16) (6-11)

When: Saturday March. 7th, 2020. 1:30 pm CT.

Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri.

Available to watch on SEC Network

Listen on The Crimson Tide Sports Network.


Preview:


Last Tuesday was a night that Nate Oats and the Alabama basketball team will want to soon forget. The Crimson Tide lost at home to Vanderbilt and ended pretty much any chance of an NCAA tourney at-large bid. After the game (and during it), you could see the frustration on Oats’ face and the passion he has for this program. He wants everyone that’s on that court to give their all every single minute they play. Heading into Saturday’s game at Missouri, Oats said all he cares about these next 2 game is “who gives us an effort that deserves a win. When the other team plays harder than you, that’s when I can’t sleep at night.” I fully expect whatever 5 players he chooses to step on that court Saturday afternoon to give their all and play “blue collar basketball”. Alabama and Missouri’s offense come into this game being complete opposites with the Tide averaging 83.1 PPG compared to Missouri’s 67.1 PPG. A lot of that has to do with the style of play and pace of each team as Alabama averages about 10 more possessions per game than the Tigers do according to TeamRankings. Alabama is a slightly better shooting team overall but has the significant advantage offensively when it comes to 3 point shooting. Bama shoots 35.4% while Mizzou is one of the worst in the country with 29.8%. Now here’s the reason why Missouri will give Alabama fits in this game......defense. The Tigers hold opponents to 65.7 PPG on 41.1% shooting. Meanwhile Alabama is one of the worst in the country defensively allowing opponents to score 79.3 PPG on 42.5% shooting.


Key Players to Watch:


G Dru Smith (12.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 3.8 APG)

G Xavier Pinson (11.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.8 APG)

G Mark Smith (9.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.8 APG)


Prediction:


Alabama won the first meeting by double digits at home despite Missouri hitting 100% of their free throws (31-31). The Tide is coming off of a tough loss and I think that will fuel them to come out with some intensity and respond well on the road. This game is back and forth but Bama pulls away in the end, led by Kira Lewis and John Petty who’s expected to play after missing some time due to an elbow injury.


Bama-76

Missouri-73


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