Who: Alabama; 16-5 (11–1) vs. Georgia; 12-7 (5-7)
When: 2:30 pm CT, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.
Where: Coleman Coliseum; Tuscaloosa, AL.
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (play-by-play: Chris Stewart; analyst: Bryan Passink)
On Saturday afternoon, the 11th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will play host to the Georgia Bulldogs in Coleman Coliseum. Georgia is coming off of a hard fought loss at Tennessee while Alabama just picked up their 11th SEC win of the season and extended their 1st place lead in the SEC race. While Alabama is winning games, they are also picking up more injuries. Herb Jones still is not practicing, and the coaches are having discussions about when and if he needs to sit out a game for rest. Jordan Bruner is still recovering from meniscus surgery and will be out at least 2 more weeks. Juwan Gary is out for two weeks after injuring his shoulder against South Carolina. Nate Oats said this week with Bruner and Gary being out, it becomes harder to sit Jones, so he is expected to play as of Friday afternoon. But if any team is built to withstand injuries, it is this Alabama team. They have endured injuries for weeks now and have still managed to build a nice resume with a 16-5 (11-1) record overall and a decent 1st place lead in the SEC standings. For that to continue, Alabama will need to keep that momentum going and take advantage of being back on their home court. Coleman Coliseum has become a tough place for opponents to win, even without 15K fans in the stands. So far this season, Alabama is 9-1 at home and undefeated in SEC play. Alabama and Georgia have been high scoring teams this season (Bama with 79.2 and UGA with 77.5 according to TeamRankings). Georgia comes into this game shooting poorly from 3 (222nd in the country) but overall the Bulldogs have shot the ball well when inside the arc (46.4 overall shooting %). As any Alabama basketball fan would know, the Tide shoot the 3 better than almost every team in the country, so this is a huge advantage heading into a game against a mediocre Georgia team. A key area to watch will be Georgia's offensive rebounding percentage. They are 33.9% and ranked 20th in the country in this area. If they can rebound the ball well offensively while Alabama is missing Bruner and Gary and make sure to turn those into points, they have a legit chance at winning this game. Also, while Georgia is not a great team defensively, they do cause a lot of turnovers (16.7 per game) and steal the ball 8.6 times per game. If Georgia can rebound and win the turnover battle, then they will be able to keep up with an injured Alabama team.
Georgia Players to Watch:
-G K.D. Johnson (13 PPG, 0.7 APG, 2.9 RPG)
-G Sahvir Wheeler (13.5 PPG, 7.3 APG, 3.5 RPG)
-F Andrew Garcia (9.8 PPG, 0.6 APG, 4.4 RPG)
-G Justin Kier (9.9 PPG, 2.8 APG, 3.4 APG)
-F Toumani Camara (12.6 PPG, 1.6 APG, 7.3 RPG)
-G Tye Fagan (9.6 PPG, 1.3 APG, 4.6 RPG)
-F P.J. Horne (9.2 PPG, 0.6 APG, 3.6 RPG)
While Alabama will be without Bruner and Gary, they still should be able to beat Georgia. The Bulldogs are not a good defensive team and likely will not stop Petty and Primo from deep. Herb will be Herb and the Tide will roll to their 12th SEC win of the season and a game closer to the SEC regular season title.
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