Grinding Gators will test Alabama’s shot discipline

Feb 13, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores forward Clevon Brown (15) fouls Florida Gators forward Keyontae Johnson (11) shot during the second half at Exactech Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 13, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores forward Clevon Brown (15) fouls Gators forward Keyontae Johnson (11) shot during the second half at Exactech Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Chris DePew
TideFans.com Staff
Feb. 16, 2019

Where to watch: Florida (13-11, 5-6 SEC – #38 Pomeroy Rating) at Alabama (15-9, 6-5 – #48) – Today 1 p.m. Central, Coleman Coliseum, ESPNU

Who to watch: . The sophomore from Huntsville has become the unofficial ink blot test for Crimson Tide fans, who can see practically anything they want in him. Optimists can point out that his scoring, shooting percentage and rebounding have all gone up while his turnovers have gone down compared to last season. Pessimists can point to the all too frequent games where he effectively disappears, including Tuesday’s scoreless dud at Mississippi State. will doubtless point out to him that he scored just three points combined in two meetings with the Gators last year and that more is needed from him for Bama to win today and shore up its NCAA tournament positioning.

What to watch for: Will Bama lose patience fighting through the Gators defense? Florida is one of the country’s stingiest teams, allowing just 63.5 points per game, and plays at a maddeningly slow pace. That means Alabama can expect fewer possessions and has to make them count. But some bad shooting habits have been creeping back in, with multiple players guilty of attempting standstill 3-pointers early in the shot clock instead of moving the ball around and cutting towards the basket. in particular has been guilty of this, probably because he can make just enough of them to tempt him into taking more. He’s in danger of becoming an inefficient high-volume shooter susceptible to turnovers in the mold of .

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