If we want to take ourselves off the bubble and firmly put ourselves in the NCAA Tournament, winning at this place of horrors will do the trick. Last year we had a 23 point lead at the half and totally choked it away in what was the most disappointing game of the year for us. If we jump out to a lead like that tomorrow I doubt we'll see the same.
The Black Bear Rebels come in losers of 2 straight (@ M$U, @ SC Lite), but sadly are still in the running for 2nd in the West which is a 1st round bye. We need to kill division format in hoops, but that's another post for another day.
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Chris Warren is obviously the guy we want to contain as he can go off offensively. He's #1 in the country at the line (94.6%) so it'll be important to whoever guard him to NOT FOUL. Reginald Buckner will give Green a hard time in the post as he's 10th in the nation with 3.1 blocks (3rd in SEC). Zack Graham is their other legitimate 3 point threat and he's coming off an AUful game @ South Carolina so I'm guessing he'll play better at the Tad Pad.
Keys to the game:
- contain Warren
- get out to an early lead
- same old same old of pounding it to Green
- can someone step up and hit perimeter shots for us?
- Releford penetrating the lane
Prediction: Like I said earlier, going to Oxford has not ended well for us in the past, BUT THIS IS NOT THE TYPICAL BAMA TEAM THAT GETS POUNDED THERE. I don't know how we do it, but somehow we escape Oxford with a win. Chris Hines with a double double to lead us to the promise land. Bama by 4.
Game time is 2/26 at 4PM EST (3PM CST) on the SEC Network. It's on ESPN3.com as well.