Friday, November 06, 2015

It's Game Day! Alabama vs Trevecca Nazarene



Alabama basketball returns tonight! The men's team will face Trevecca Nazarene in an exhibition game at Coleman Coliseum. Tip time is 7:00.

Trevecca Nazarene is a Division II school from Nashville. An experienced team, they return virtually their entire roster from last season. After playing tonight, Trevecca will officially begin their season with a game tomorrow (!) against Tennessee Wesleyan, a conference opponent (!!). Talk about a quick turnaround.

As the season progresses and actual stats are accumulated, I will list stats in this space. Expect to see full stats for each team for every game preview starting with the Dayton game.

Three Players to Watch for Trevecca Nazarene:

1. Byron Sanford - G - 6'0, 175 lbs - Led team in scoring (18.1) assists (4.4) and steals (2.7) last season.
2. Matt Gamberoni - C - 6'10, 250 lbs - Third in scoring (10.7). Led team in rebounds (7.6) and blocks (1.0) last season.
3. Tyrell Corlew - G - 6'4, 195 lbs - Second in scoring (10.8). 37% from 3, 78% at the free throw line.

For a Bama team breaking in a new coaching staff, and a roster that is half made up of freshmen and sophomores, a deep, experienced team like Trevecca may provide some challenges, particularly if Alabama comes out sloppy. Exhibitions are no longer glorified scrimmages. Alabama has had some close calls in recent years; and just this week, a D2 school beat St. John's by 32 points (yes, 32 points), while Auburn was taken to overtime last night, winning a game that totaled 223 points. It may not count against the record, but nobody likes to lose these types of games.   

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