SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Alabama at Florida

Alabama-Florida

Alabama visits Florida on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Alabama 0.447 0.337 0.674 328 1123 372 134 145 407
Alabama OPP 0.438 0.326 0.707 298 1028 333 185 119 363
Florida 0.422 0.338 0.724 324 1014 366 222 117 354
Florida OPP 0.422 0.316 0.685 322 1037 330 177 87 462

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Statistical Leaders

Alabama Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kira Lewis Jr. 16.6 75 29 20
John Petty Jr. 16.4 63 29 42
Jaden Shackelford 13.2 48 35 27
Alex Reese 9.1 37 13 22
James Bolden 8.5 29 10 17
Herbert Jones 8.5 37 19 1
Javian Davis 8.3 34 31 0
Jaylen Forbes 2.3 9 7 3
Galin Smith 1.8 9 3 0

Alabama Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
John Petty Jr. 22 67 89 7.4
Kira Lewis Jr. 13 53 66 5.5
Herbert Jones 17 42 59 5.4
Alex Reese 15 46 61 5.1
Javian Davis 21 35 56 4.7
Jaden Shackelford 12 33 45 3.8
Jaylen Forbes 8 22 30 2.5
Galin Smith 10 16 26 2.2
James Bolden 11 9 20 2.0

Florida Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kerry Blackshear Jr. 14.2 47 66 10
Keyontae Johnson 13.3 62 25 10
Noah Locke 9.5 40 7 27
Andrew Nembhard 9.4 40 19 14
Scottie Lewis 8.1 30 24 5
Tre Mann 6.3 23 11 6
Ques Glover 5.4 27 6 5
Omar Payne 4.3 23 6 0

Florida Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Kerry Blackshear Jr. 32 69 101 8.4
Keyontae Johnson 23 54 77 6.4
Scottie Lewis 12 34 46 4.2
Omar Payne 23 25 48 4.0
Noah Locke 3 37 40 3.3
Andrew Nembhard 1 35 36 3.0
Tre Mann 2 19 21 2.1
Ques Glover 4 10 14 1.2

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NCAA RPI

Alabama: 65

Florida: 54

Alabama Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Javian Davis F 6′-9″ 242 FR Canton, MS
1 Herbert Jones F 6′-7″ 205 JR Greensboro, AL
2 Kira Lewis Jr. G 6′-3″ 165 SO Meridianville, AL
3 Alex Reese F 6′-9″ 245 JR Pelham, AL
4 Juwan Gary F 6′-5″ 215 FR Columbia, SC
5 Jaden Shackelford G 6′-3″ 195 FR Hesperia, CA
11 James Bolden G 6′-0″ 160 SR Covington, KY
12 Jaylen Forbes G 6′-4″ 186 FR Florence, MS
13 Jahvon Quinerly G 6′-1″ 175 SO Hackensack, NJ
15 Tyler Barnes F 6′-8″ 201 JR Louisville, KY
21 Britton Johnson G 6′-4″ 183 SO Mountain Brook, AL
23 John Petty Jr. G 6′-5″ 184 JR Huntsville, AL
25 Adam Cottrell G 6′-3″ 185 FR Flowery Branch, GA
30 Galin Smith F 6′-9″ 240 JR Clinton, MS
33 James Rojas F 6′-8″ 215 JR Jamestown, NY
34 Sam Okauru G 6′-5″ 200 FR Raleigh, NC
35 Raymond Hawkins F 6′-9″ 240 FR Oakland, CA

Florida Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ques Glover G 5′-11″ 176 FR Knoxville, TN
1 Tre Mann G 6′-4″ 172 FR Gainesville, FL
2 Andrew Nembhard G 6′-5″ 193 SO Aurora, ON
3 Alex Klatsky G 6′-3″ 189 FR Colts Neck, NJ
4 Anthony Duruji F 6′-7″ 213 JR Germantown, MD
5 Omar Payne F 6′-10″ 223 FR Kissimmee, FL
10 Noah Locke G 6′-3″ 207 SO Baltimore, MD
11 Keyontae Johnson F 6′-5″ 231 SO Norfolk, VA
12 Gorjok Gak C 6′-11″ 244 JR Sydney, NSW
21 Dontay Bassett F 6′-9″ 236 JR Oakland, CA
22 Tyree Appleby G 6′-1″ 163 JR Jacksonville, AR
23 Scottie Lewis G 6′-5″ 185 FR Hazlet, NJ
24 Kerry Blackshear Jr. F 6′-10″ 241 SR Orlando, FL
33 Jason Jitoboh C 6′-11″ 300 FR Chattanooga, TN

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Scouting Report


Alabama 7-5 (0-0 SEC) visits Florida 8-4 (0-0 SEC) in the conference opener for both teams. The Florida Gators have played one of the more tougher non-conference schedules of all the SEC teams. They’ve gone up against UConn (loss), Miami (Fla.) (win), Xavier (win), Butler (loss), and Utah State (loss). Senior 6-foot-10 forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. is the Gator’s leading scorer (14.2 ppg) and rebounder (8.4 rpg). Three other players average nine or more points per game. Florida doesn’t shine at any particular stats SEC ranking wise. That may be because of the Gator’s more formidable schedule than other SEC teams. However, Florida is in the upper echelon of the SEC in most rebounding statistics. The Gators are also fourth in the league on 3-point shooting defense (.286) and sixth in scoring defense (62.6 ppg).

Alabama has played pretty tough schedule so far. Their best win is a recent victory over Richmond, 90-78. Although Bama hasn’t lost to any cupcakes, a 104-89 setback to Iowa State probably stings. Alabama leads the SEC in scoring offense (82.8 ppg) but is dead last in scoring defense (77.7 ppg). Guards Kira Lewis Jr.and John Petty Jr. each average over 16 points a game to lead the Crimson Tide. Alabama likes to shoot the three in bunches. They have almost as many three pointers made as free throws. Alabama has made 133 three pointers so far this season, the most in the SEC and 20 more than the second team in that statistical category. Petty Jr. is the top dog from three making over 50% with 42 made three point shots.

Florida should have the edge playing at home and conveniently the Gators are a solid three point defending team. If Alabama is red hot from three and can play a little defense, they might pull off a shocker.

Alabama-Florida Prediction

Florida 81, Alabama 78


Saturday‘s game tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. CT). TV: ESPN2.
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