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Alabama (rematch) - a preview

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Auburn vs. Alabama (M Basketball)

Auburn (14-8, 3-6) vs. Alabama (13-8, 6-3)

  • Saturday, February 4th, 7:30PM CT
  • SEC Network / WatchESPN
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Coleman Coliseum)

We travel to hostile territory today for a crucial SEC game. A win and we still have everything to play for, a loss and we have to start looking at salvaging the season. 

Here is the preview from the first bama matchup with some good stuff on personnel. 

As for today's matchup, we have to play better defense and we have to get off to a better start. I wouldn't be surprised to see johnson get some early minutes to help with the slow starts, or a change to the starting lineup. Perhaps brown finds his way back into the starting lineup and Dunans back to his sixth man role. Brown did a great job on Ingram in the first matchup. 

Purifoy was also very good in defense in the first matchup, but had gone downhill since. Whether it's his ankle or something more is all speculation, but he hasn't produced since bama. Maybe this rematch is what is needed to get him going. 

Bama is a 6.5 point favorite on their home court tonight sitting at 66 in the RPI. A win on the road here could move our RPI from the mid 70s back down to the low 60s, within striking distance of the top 50. 

This will be a revealing game. We can afford to lose this game if we want any postseason consideration. I don't like the term "must win" but basically that's what this is. 

I'll stress again how important the start of the game is. We have had too many slow starts, most of which we never recovered from. Bring the intensity and defense early and bring home a win. 

War Eagle!

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He's questionable, and that may move DP back to the starting lineup at the 4. 

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This slow starts seem to sink us before we even get going.  Seems like the team just can't hit a basket sometimes, not necessarily bad shots, just can't put them through the basket.

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spencer is out, Purifoy starting and we will see Lang and Smith at the 4 depending on how the matchup fits the circumstances. 

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