My Two Cents: It's a steep hill to climb for this Alabama team to put themselves in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid following a non-conference schedule that produced no "quality" wins, but a win over a top 25 (and top 3 RPI) team would certainly be a step in the right direction. The Gators aren't a flashy team, but they are efficient (top 25 in both offensive and defensive efficiency at KenPom). Alabama's recent success has been sparked by a surge in their play on the defensive end, but they'll need to be good in all phases to beat this Florida team.
Players to Watch: This team is getting it done by committee. Maybe the most important key to Alabama's four-game winning streak has been their work on the glass. Multiple guys (Braxton, Dazon, Bola, Jimmie, Riley and Donta) have all contributed to the rebounding improvement. That will need to continue if Alabama has any shot at winning this game. It also wouldn't hurt if this team could have a rare good shooting night from 3.
KeVaughn Allen is shining in his second season in Gainesville. He leads the Gators in scoring (14.7), 3-pt pct. (42.7%) and FT pct (84.8%). In Alabama's first two conference game, they have limited the leading scorer for each team well below their average. The Gators can hurt you in a variety of ways so limiting Allen alone won't be enough, but it would be a good start.
Prediction: I'm drinking the post-football loss kool-aid (yes, I've been trying to write this damn post for five hours), but I'm going to pick our guys to get the big win. If Bama brings their defense they will have a chance to win most nights. Here's hoping Bama fans overcome the football hangover, and show up to cheer this team on. Alabama - 67 - Florida - 62.