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Maui Invitational: Alabama vs. Providence Preview


Who: Alabama (2-1) vs. Providence (2-1)

When: 6 pm CT, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020.

Where: Harrah’s Cherokee Center; Asheville, NC.

Watch: ESPN2

Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network (play-by-play: Chris Stewart; analyst: Bryan Passink)


Coming off of an 86-74 win over UNLV, Alabama is looking to pick up its 2nd win in Asheville and 3rd of the year when it takes on the Providence Friars Wednesday night. Providence picked up a 1 point win over Davidson after getting blown out by Indiana the day before. The Friars are averaging about 73 PPG while Alabama is slightly higher at 77 per game. Alabama also allows 71 per game while Providence gives up close to 66. This is partly because Bama averages about 10 more possessions per game than the Friars do. This does not necessarily mean they have a great defense (Providence gave up 79 in the loss to Indiana). If Alabama wants to win this game they need a big game from Jordan Bruner inside the paint. Nate Watson will be tough to slow down, but if Bama's defense can limit his success just a little, the Tide will be just fine. The only other Providence player averaging double digit points is guard David Duke. He is a good shooter, especially from deep (shooting 50% from 3), so Bama's perimeter defense will need to improve if they want to limit his chances from downtown. Rebounding was better in last night’s game against UNLV, but still not where it needs to be. John Petty took over the locker room and led a meeting before the game to make sure his teammates were ready, and then he came out on fire scoring 22 points along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds leading his team to a win. If he continues that into the game against Providence, it is hard to see the Tide losing.


Providence Players to Watch:


-C Nate Watson (19 PPG, 6 RPG)

-G David Duke (14.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.3 APG)

-G Jared Bynum (9 PPG, 4.7 APG)

-G A.J. Reeves (9 PPG, 3 RPG)

-F Noah Horchler (7.3 PPG, 8.7 RPG)


Prediction:

Alabama got a much needed win over UNLV and started to find their rhythm offensively. Petty was the player of the game, but five players scoring in double digits is what got it done. I think Alabama will ride that momentum and shoot well again led by John Petty. Others like Herbert Jones and Jahvon Quinerly will follow. Bruner will also have his best game yet inside the paint rebounding and defending.


Alabama- 80

Providence- 72

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