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Ducks don’t offer much hope for curing Bama’s scoring woes

By Staff
December 11,

Where to watch: Alabama (4-3) at No. 24 Oregon (7-2) – Today 5 p.m. Central, Matthew Knight Arena, ESPNU

Who to watch: Riley Norris. The junior swing man lost his starting after Thanksgiving but should be back with the first five today now that Nick King has been sidelined with an unknown ailment that caused a rapid loss (10 pounds in 10 days). Norris is shooting 37 percent, very close to his career average, but his rebounding has tapered off to an average of 3.4 per game, and he has yet to get more than five in a game so far this season. King had shown flashes of talent but actually played worse once he became a starter. Small forward has been a mirror of the team as a whole, with no dominant personality emerging and some promising parts not adding up to a greater whole. If Norris could repeat last year’s 12 points and five rebounds against the Ducks, it could give Bama a puncher’s chance.

What to watch for: That 70s (No-) Show. In four home games, has averaged nearly 74 points and never scored below 70. In games away from Tuscaloosa, Bama has 60, 62 and 68 points. Only in the at has Bama looked competent on offense outside its home gym. As you may have suspected, does not represent a promising opportunity to reverse that trend. The are considered a bit of a disappointment after coming off an Elite Eight trip and being ranked No. 5 in the preseason, but even while battling injuries has been stingy, not allowing 70 or more points since the season opener. hasn’t been embarrassed by anybody this season, but may not be able to say the same by the time it flies home.

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