SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Alabama at Baylor

Alabama-Baylor

Alabama plays at Baylor on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a final score prediction.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Alabama 0.446 0.346 0.687 223 711 225 78 91 238
Alabama OPP 0.442 0.346 0.713 153 558 188 93 67 207
Baylor 0.442 0.317 0.672 242 694 251 128 91 252
Baylor OPP 0.409 0.336 0.668 161 536 210 105 66 244

NCAA RPI

Alabama: 42
Baylor: 51

Alabama Roster

NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
#0 Donta Hall F 6′-9″ 230 SR Luverne, AL
#1 Riley Norris G 6′-7″ 212 SR Albertville, AL
#2 Kira Lewis Jr. G 6′-3″ 167 FR Meridianville, AL
#3 Alex Reese F 6′-9″ 238 SO Pelham, AL
#4 Daniel Giddens F 6′-11″ 247 JR Mableton, GA
#5 Avery Johnson Jr. G 5′-11″ 187 SR Houston, TX
#10 Herbert Jones G 6′-7″ 206 SO Greensboro, AL
#12 Dazon Ingram G 6′-5″ 210 JR Theodore, AL
#13 Javian Davis-Fleming F 6′-9″ 268 FR Canton, MS
#15 Tyler Barnes F 6′-8″ 205 SO Louisville, KY
#21 Britton Johnson G 6′-4″ 182 FR Mountain Brook, AL
#22 Diante Wood G 6′-4″ 206 FR Anniston, AL
#23 John Petty G 6′-5″ 197 SO Huntsville, AL
#24 Lawson Schaffer G 5′-11″ 168 SR Cullman, AL
#30 Galin Smith F 6′-9″ 245 SO Clinton, MS
#34 Tevin Mack G 6′-6″ 225 JR Columbia, SC

Baylor Roster

Link to Baylor Roster

Alabama Schedule/Results

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
6-Nov vs Southern W 82-62
11-Nov vs Appalachian St W 81-73
15-Nov at Northeastern L 68-52
26-Nov vs Murray State W 78-72
29-Nov at UCF L 70-64
Dec 4 vs Georgia State L 83-80
Dec 9 vs Arizona W 76-73
Dec 18* vs Liberty W 84-75
Dec 21 vs Penn State W 73-64
Dec 30 at SF Austin W 79-69
Jan 5 vs Kentucky W 77-75
Jan 8 at LSU L 88-79
Jan 12 vs Texas A&M L 81-80
Jan 16 at Missouri W 70-69
Jan 19 at Tennessee L 71-68
Jan 22 vs Ole Miss W 74-53
Jan 26 at Baylor
Jan 29 vs Mississippi State
Feb 2 at Auburn
Feb 6 vs Georgia
Feb 9 at Vanderbilt
Feb 12 at Mississippi State
Feb 16 vs Florida
Feb 19 at Texas A&M
Feb 23 vs Vanderbilt
Feb 26 at South Carolina
Mar 2 vs LSU
Mar 5 vs Auburn
Mar 9 at Arkansas

Baylor Schedule/Results

Link to Baylor Schedule

Alabama-Baylor Prediction

These two teams are playing inspired basketball. Alabama and Baylor have overcome some bad stumbles — and in Baylor’s case, an injury — to improve their positions in their respective conferences. This is the kind of game Alabama needs to win to affirm its NCAA Tournament credentials. A team good enough to beat Kentucky and nearly upset Tennessee should be good enough to beat a Baylor team playing without forward Tristan Clark, who was lost for the season with a knee injury suffered earlier in January. Baylor has adjusted well to the Clark injury, but the Bears aren’t playing with a full complement of options. A good team will gather itself, go into Waco, take care of business, and win a non-conference game to impress the committee before returning to the grind of SEC play next week. Alabama 68, Baylor 64. (Matt Zemek)

Game time: Noon ET, 11 a.m. CT, on ESPNU

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