After the disappointing finish to game one of the Nate Oats era, Alabama is slated to host Florida Atlantic on Monday, November 11th at 7 PM. The Tide couldn’t get their shots to fall consistently and had a few defensive breakdowns. Having Herb Jones exit early due to injury was a major blow to the team. Alex Reese and Beetle Bolden both played major minutes after not practicing for over a week due to injury. While the loss definitely hurts, given the circumstances, better days are ahead for Coach Oats and the Tide. Those better days should start on Monday. Florida Atlantic finished 17-16 (8-10) last season under head coach Dusty May. Florida Atlantic currently sits at 1-1 with an 11-point win over D-II Flagler last Tuesday and a 14-point loss to Miami this past Friday. They are averaging 76 PPG as a team. This stat may be inflated due to a 92-point outing in their opening game against Flagler. In their first game against D-1 competition on Friday against Miami, they were held to 60 points. Graduate transfer guard Cornelius Taylor led the team in scoring in their sole win with 20 points. Against Miami, Taylor finished second in scoring with 10 points. Florida Atlantic likes to shoot it from outside as they shot 22 3-pointers against Miami (converted 6) and 28 against Flagler (coverted 8). Florida Atlantic is much more athletic and will play at a much faster pace than Penn did. Similar to the Tide, they want to get out and run and push the tempo. With this, hopefully Alabama will be able to force turnovers to lead to transition opportunities. If Beetle Bolden and Alex Reese can be close to 100% it would help the Tide tremendously. If Herb Jones is able to play, Alabama will more than likely not have the lapses on the defensive end that occurred last week. Kira Lewis could be due yet another big game with the pace outlook going into it. Another variable that could help the Tide would be Jahvon Quinerly being cleared going into the game Monday. He would bring Alabama another ball handler, someone who can attack the rim to create for himself and others, and a guard capable of knocking down shots from outside.
Keys To The Game
∙ Limit turnovers on the offensive end to limit transition opportunities for the Owls.
∙ Crash the boards. No second chance opportunities.
∙ Talk on defense. Can’t allow easy buckets in the half court.
Key Players For FAU
∙ Cornelius Taylor (15 PPG)
∙ Karlis Silins (12.5 PPG, 4 RPG)
∙ Michael Forrest (7.5 PPG)