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Alabama Basketball Coach Avery Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
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By Chris DePew
Nov. 29, 2017

Where to watch: No. 24 Alabama (5-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (5-0) – Today 7 p.m. Central, Coleman Coliseum, -Plus (online only)

Who to watch: Herbert Jones. If John Petty’s ankle injury keeps him out of the lineup, expect Jones to get the start to try to shut down one of Tech’s high-scoring guards, either Jacobi Boykins or possibly Jalen Harris. Jones had seven points and nine rebounds in his last home game against -Arlington but it was his four steals and four charges taken that endeared him to the crowd.

What to watch for: Secondary scoring. If there’s a coach left in America that didn’t know ’s offense runs through Collin Sexton, they got the message loud and clear after word of his 40-point outburst while playing Minnesota 3-on-5 was everywhere from SportsCenter to NPR. The extra defensive attention should only open things up for other players, but so far hasn’t had a consistent No. 2 scorer. Petty is the most likely candidate but he seems to alternate between good and bad games and was already having a rough time against the Golden Gophers before twisting his ankle.

Dazon Ingram got demoted from the starting five last game and responded with a terrible showing, scoring four points in 25 minutes before fouling out. has become a consistent third or fourth scorer, putting up at least eight points every game and scoring 14 against BYU. But stretching his offensive game even further might be too much to expect now.

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