Alabama may try new formula to brew up sweep of Gamecocks

By Chris DePew staff
Jan. 30, 2016

Where to watch: Alabama (11-8, 2-5 SEC) at (18-2, 5-2) – 5 p.m. Central today, Colonial Life Arena, SEC Network

Who to watch: . He hasn’t come close to duplicating his out-of-nowhere 27-point performance against the Gamecocks that launched the Jan. 13 upset at Coleman Coliseum. Frankly his game suffers at times when he takes too many shots trying to recapture that magic. But when he sticks to his natural role of doing the dirty work on the low blocks, the sophomore small forward shines. He has 23 rebounds in the last two games, including 13 boards to go with three steals versus Tennessee. And while he may never lead another game in scoring, it feels safe to pencil him in for 6-10 points a game.

What to watch for: Possibly another reshuffled starting five. It already seems like a safe bet that will get his third consecutive start after being virtually invisible off the bench in the first meeting. But freshman may also crack the starting lineup for the first time. He seemed to be the only passionate player in the first half against the Vols, and finished with six rebounds, three blocks and two steals (along with four points) before fouling out. Certainly coach was more comfortable with him than season-long starter , who remained firmly benched even after Hall’s fifth foul.

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