OUR 4-4 Crimson Tide host the 3-4 Buccaneers in a pivotal match-up. Okay, I'm using hyperbole now.
CS (abbreviating as I'm too lazy to type) is better than their record. Of their 4 losses, 2 were to ranked teams on the road (New Mexico and Baylor) and the others were close losses (UNC-Wilmington in OT and Delaware).
This is a typical offense power vs defensive power match-up as CS averages 92.1 a game while we give up 67.8. In CS's 4 losses they average 78.8... we keep it in the low 70s and we win this one. If it gets in the 80s... we're in trouble.
CS has 5 averaging 10+ PPG led by Saah Nimbly at 15. He's a 5'8" guard that runs the offense and averages 6.3 assists/game, He's a better 3pt shooter than inside the arc. Matt Kennedy, Will Saunders, and Sheldon Strickland are also ones to watch outside as all of them are 45% or better beyond the arc (45, 54, 48). Cedric Bowen is an undersized, but effective forward who pulls in 5.3 boards to go with his 9.1 PPG. Arlon Harper is their other scorer, but to be honest his shooting stats kind of suck (40.4/32.0).
- 48.3% FG
- 41.7% 3pt FG
- +4 rebound margin
- 74.6 FT
Obviously every non-conference game going forward is a MUST WIN for us if we are to dream (and it's a pipe dream right now) of making the NCAAT and this game will be a tough out. I wonder about the mindset of our team right now... losing 3 of 4 this early doesn't bode well. Will Anthony Grant gets the troops ready for this game or will we continue this slide? I'm going to be optimistic and say we win this one... by 4.
Tip-off is 8:30 PM EST (7:30 PM CST). Note this is a change as originally it was supposed to tip-off at 7PM CST. No TV for this one that I know of so you can either pay to watch it on rolltide.com or listen to it on the radio/internet.