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Tide should flex muscles against overmatched Alabama A&M

.com Staff
Nov. 17, 2017

Where to watch: A&M (0-2) at Alabama (2-0) – Today 6 p.m. Central, Coleman Coliseum, -Plus (online only).

Who to watch: Alex Reese. With Riley Norris expected back as soon as next week and on track to return next month, the competition for playing time in the front court is about to get much fiercer. But Reese is making his case to stick in the rotation even once returns to full strength.

Against Lipscomb, he pulled down nine rebounds for the second consecutive game despite seeing his minutes played cut down from 30 to 16. The freshman from Pelham hasn’t found his touch from 3-point range (2-for-11) but can score inside and makes effective use of his 6-foot-9 frame on defense. Less polished than some of his fellow freshmen, Reese could make good use of a game like this to build and prove his worth.

What to watch for: How quickly takes control. In an otherwise strong non-conference schedule, the stand out as the weakest opponent by an order of magnitude. AAMU went 2-27 last season and is once again picked to finish last in the SWAC. has a pair of double-digit victories, but had to stretch itself well into the second half of both games. The best can for tonight is to quickly put away an outmanned opponent, spread around playing time across the roster and avoid injuries before the schedule difficulty picks up next week.

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