February 18, 2009
Basketball Preview: Alabama at Florida
What: Alabama (13-11, 3-7) at Florida (19-6, 6-4).
Where: O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Fla.
Time/TV: 6 p.m. CST/Sun Sports.
Series record: Alabama leads 73-55.
|Alabama probable starters|
|G||Mikhail Torrance||6-5, 210||9.1||Needs to score in double digits if the Tide wants a win.|
|G||Senario Hillman||6-1, 188||13.1||Had a nice game off the bench for the Tide against S. Carolina.|
|G/F||Alonzo Gee||6-6, 220||14.1||Continues to lead the team in scoring.|
|F||Justin Knox||6-9, 240||5.8||Needs to be more productive offensively to see more minutes.|
|F||JaMychal Green||6-9, 225||10.0||Still trying to come back from a hip pointer injury.|
|Alabama top reserves|
|G||Anthony Brock||5-9, 165||4.5||Needs to improve on 7 turnovers against the Gamecocks.|
|F||Demetrius Jemison||6-8, 240||2.8||Continues to see more playing time.|
|Florida probable starters|
|G||Nick Calathes||6-6, 194||18.6||Yet again another scorer the Tide must keep in check.|
|G||Walter Hodge||6-0, 170||8.0||Shoots 41 percent from behind the arc.|
|F||Dan Werner||6-7, 235||8.9||Has started all 25 games for the Gators.|
|F||Alex Tyus||6-8, 220||12.4||Team leader in rebounds and shooting percentage (61%).|
|F||Chandler Parsons||6-9, 213||10.1||Will be the toughest test inside for the Tide.|
|Florida top reserves|
|F||Erving Walker||5-8, 161||9.3||Is the Gators sixth man off the bench.|
|G/F||Ray Shipman||6-5, 212||3.8||The freshman has shot close to 50 percent from the field.|
Analysis and Prediction
The Crimson Tide head to Gainesville desperatly looking for a win where they have not won since 1995. The Gators come off a 88-86 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, who were winless in SEC play before defeating the Gators.
The Crimson Tide will have to have one of its better defensive performances of the season to pick up a win at the O'Connell Center. The Gators lead the league in shooting percatage (49%) and assist (409).
Once again, Alabama guards will have to guard one of the SEC's best scorers, Nick Calathes. Alabama offensively will have to limit turnovers. The Tide committed 21 turnovers in the loss to South Carolina on Saturday.
Anthony Brock and the other Crimson Tide guards will have to take care of the ball and have more mental toughness.
Prediction: Alabama 68, Florida 80.
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