Trigger warning: Bama basketball faces challenge from high-scoring Tigers


Jan. 8, 2019

Where to watch: Alabama (10-3, 1-0 SEC – #59 Pomeroy Rating) at LSU (10-3 – #42) – Today 8 p.m. Central, Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Network

Who to watch: Kira Lewis. The freshman from Meridanville has hit a speed bump the last three games, if not the dreaded wall, shooting 10-for-23 from the field and getting off to particularly slow starts in the first half. He came on strong at the foul line to finish with 17 points at and hit a couple of timely 3-pointers in a 12-point game against Kentucky, but also had seven combined in those two games. There’s nowhere really to hide him on against LSU, which is overloaded with backcourt talent, but Avery Johnson may not be able to leave him on the bench for long either if the game turns into a track meet.

What to watch for: Staying competitive on defense. The average 80 points per game and didn’t drop off against Top 25 competition, averaging 75.7 while dropping close games versus Florida and Houston and blowing out Furman. And gets it done the old fashioned way, driving to the basket, finishing at the rim, hitting nearly three-quarters of their free throws and making just enough 3s (7.2 per game). Four average 10 or more points per game, led by junior guard Skylar Mays. If the sneaks out of Baton Rouge with a win it will be a terrific accomplishment.

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