Updated: Jan 9
Who: Alabama; 8-3 (3-0) at Auburn; 6-5 (0-3)
When: 11 am CT, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.
Where: Auburn Arena; Auburn, AL.
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (play-by-play: Chris Stewart; analyst: Bryan Passink)
The 163rd Iron Bowl of Basketball will take place Saturday morning in Auburn, AL. Alabama is coming off of impressive back to back wins over a Top 10 Tennessee team on the road and a home win over a Top 25 NET Florida. These 2 wins will look great if Alabama can continue to win and put themselves in position for the NCAA tournament later this season. For now though, the focus will be on the Auburn Tigers. Auburn comes into this game on a 3-game losing streak and last place in the SEC. This game is by no means an easy one though as Auburn always plays their best, especially at home, against the Tide. Auburn shoots a high number of threes and makes a high percentage of them as well, which immediately makes them a dangerous team capable of hanging with almost anyone when those shots are falling. Auburn is averaging around 30 shots per game and makes about 10 of them. Their attempts and makes both rank top 20 in the country according to TeamRankings. Alabama will have to come into this game with the same defensive focus they have had these past few games and keep that same intensity and effort if they want to win. Alabama is averaging 77.5 PPG and shooting 42.2% overall from the field (32.3% from 3). They will need to continue to shoot at a high level as well. Alabama has a huge advantage are in turnovers and free throw percentage, and Auburn is one of the worst teams in the country in those areas. If the Tide can make the Tigers turn the ball over and take advantage of those extra possessions, they should have no problem winning this game.
Players to Watch (Auburn):
G Jamal Johnson (10.7 PPG, 0.8 APG, 2.2 RPG)
F JT Thor (7.7 PPG, 1.1 APG, 3.3 RPG)
G Allen Flanigan (13.5 PPG, 2.9 APG, 4.9 RPG)
F Jaylin Williams (11.5 PPG, 3 APG, 4.7 RPG)
G Justin Powell (11.7 PPG, 4.3 APG, 6.1 RPG)
G Devan Cambridge (7.4 PPG, 0.8 APG, 3.7 PPG)
G Sharife Cooper (Ruled ineligible by NCAA)
Alabama has been playing really well on both sides of the ball lately and have been playing with a lot of effort and intensity. Auburn has been struggling all season and has yet to really find their identity. Expect the Tide to once again come out with that same effort and attention to detail and shoot the ball at a high level.
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