Who: Alabama, 10-7 (3-2) vs. Vanderbilt, 8-9 (0-4)
When: 8 p.m. CT, January 22, 2020.
Where: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, TN.
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (play-by-play: Chris Stewart; analyst: Bryan Passink; Sideline: Roger Hoover)
Excitement is starting to build in Tuscaloosa as Alabama has now won 8 of their last 11 games including back to back wins over Auburn and Missouri at home. On Wednesday night, Alabama travels to Memorial Gym, where the Commodores have had Alabama’s number for many years. This isn’t a normal Vanderbilt team, though, and this definitely isn’t your average Alabama team. Alabama is one of the most improved teams in the country and like John Calipari said, no one wants to play the Tide right now. Alabama is one of the highest scoring teams in the country averaging 83.5 PPG. Vandy on the other hand averages 74.1. One thing that people don’t need to overlook is that the Commodores are the better shooting team. They shoot 44.6% compared to Alabama’s 43.9%. There are 2 major areas that Alabama will need to take advantage of if they want to get a rare win in Memorial Gym. Bama is the better total rebounding team and Alabama’s scoring defense is significantly better. On the rebounding side, Alabama’s averaging 8 more RPG than Vandy. Most of these come from defensive rebounding, where the Tide are ranked 11th in the country according to TeamRankings. Now, scoring defense is where Alabama has a major edge. They hold opponents to 40.9% shooting whereas Vandy allows their opponents to shoot 46% overall.
Key Players to Watch:
G Saben Lee (15.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.8 APG)
G Scotty Pippen (11.1 PPG, 3 RPG, 4.3 APG)
Alabama will come into Memorial Gym with a slow start, but then will start to find their rhythm offensively at the end of the first half. Second half will be all Bama due to a great shooting display from John Petty among others.
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