Time: 2pm CST TV: LF Sports (or sign up and watch it on the Yahoo broacast online) Place: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
Alabama hosts the SEC's last place team, South Carolina, at Coleman today. After a big win at LSU on Wednesday, Alabama needs to hold serve at home to make sure they can begin a streak towards March. South Carolina just lost to Auburn at home (Columbia, SC), but have proven they can handle SEC West teams (just ask Arkansas and Mississippi St).
The Gamecocks lost a key 6'11" reserve this week, so the Tide can outman them in the post. They have a few guards that can really shoot the ball if you allow them the chance to get hot. Their post players are not good. Ronaldo Balkman is no longer there - and he single handedly beat us last year. I believe he had 28 points and 14 rebounds in their win last season against us.
The biggest key to this game will be whether or not Jermareo continues his play DOWN LOW. He's been incredibly inconsistent this year, due to his play on the perimeter rather than in the paint. He easily took control of the paint against LSU, who had the post players to matchup with him, unlike South Carolina. As long as he continues to do what he does best, I think we'll be ok.
Look for Steele to play only about 30 minutes, which will allow more time for Hollinger and Tubbs to play a man to man defense. Also look for Hollinger to run a lot at the point, allowing Bama to switch up freely between man and a 2-3 zone, keeping the Gamecocks on their toes. Running man with Steele covering the 2 is a lot more effective, as we saw Wednesday night.
I refuse to make a prediction because I always seem to be wrong. Check out Mejia's selections for who he thinks will win later this morning.
¶ 9:43 AM