Alabama vs Samford Game Preview:
Alabama will host the Samford Bulldogs in Birmingham’s Legacy Arena this year. This is set to be a fast paced, up and down the court game between the two in-state opponents. We are well aware of how fast Coach Oats wants his guys to play, but the Bulldogs played at a fast pace as well last season. They were ranked 36th in PPG (78.7) and 36th in possessions per game (74.8). Samford is coming off of a mediocre 17-16 (6-12) season that placed them at 7th in their conference. Head Coach Scott Padgett will have a nice core to work with this year (including former Alabama player Brandon Austin), as some of his best players from that team will return. Lets take a look at some of what Samford returns:
-G Brandon Austin (12.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG)
-G Josh Sharkey (16.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 7.2 APG)
-G Myron Gordon (12.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.8 APG)
-F Robert Allen (9.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.5 APG)
Way Too Early Prediction: Samford may be able to hang with Bama early, but the talent Alabama brings in this year will be too much for the Bulldogs.