SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kansas State at Alabama

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Kansas State visits Alabama 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
Kansas State 0.425 0.333 0.659 178 598 244 156 51 266
Kansas State OPP 0.415 0.325 0.669 196 631 199 133 66 298
Alabama 0.440 0.357 0.715 207 755 256 113 82 286
Alabama OPP 0.403 0.301 0.738 209 699 206 154 77 256

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Statistical Leaders

Kansas State Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Xavier Sneed Kansas State 14.7 82 66 35
Cartier Diarra Kansas State 12.9 82 42 27
Makol Mawien Kansas State 7.2 49 28 3
DaJuan Gordon Kansas State 6.8 48 9 17
Mike McGuirl Kansas State 6.3 30 14 20
Antonio Gordon Kansas State 5.0 29 13 9
David Sloan Kansas State 4.7 31 13 10
Levi Stockard III Kansas State 4.7 32 20 0

Kansas State Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Xavier Sneed Kansas State 12 73 85 4.7
Cartier Diarra Kansas State 14 67 81 4.5
Makol Mawien Kansas State 21 60 81 4.5
Antonio Gordon Kansas State 22 41 63 3.9
DaJuan Gordon Kansas State 26 32 58 3.2
Levi Stockard III Kansas State 16 41 57 3.2
Montavious Murphy Kansas State 14 27 41 3.7
Mike McGuirl Kansas State 10 28 38 2.5
David Sloan Kansas State 4 17 21 1.2
Pierson McAtee Kansas State 3 6 9 0.7
Shaun Williams Kansas State 3 3 6 1.2
Nigel Shadd Kansas State 3 1 4 4.0
James Love III Kansas State 0 1 1 1.0

Alabama Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
John Petty Jr. Alabama 16.7 97 43 63
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 16.3 108 53 25
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 12.3 66 53 37
Herbert Jones Alabama 10.1 61 48 1
Alex Reese Alabama 9.2 56 23 31
James Bolden Alabama 8.8 43 29 25
Javian Davis Alabama 6.2 38 36 0
Galin Smith Alabama 2.7 20 9 0
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 2.3 12 9 6

Alabama Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Petty Jr. Alabama 27 105 132 7.3
Herbert Jones Alabama 33 76 109 6.4
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 20 82 102 5.7
Alex Reese Alabama 18 68 86 4.8
Javian Davis Alabama 29 49 78 4.3
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 16 57 73 4.1
Galin Smith Alabama 19 22 41 2.3
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 10 28 38 2.2
James Bolden Alabama 12 19 31 1.9
Tyler Barnes Alabama 0 4 4 0.8
Adam Cottrell Alabama 0 1 1 0.3

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Coleman Coliseum
Coleman Coliseum

NCAA RPI

Kansas State: 89

Alabama: 38

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Scouting Report

Alabama (11-7, 4-2 SEC) most recently defeated lowly Vanderbilt 77-62 in Nashville on Wednesday. In that game the Tide jumped out to a 28-17 lead with 7:00 to go in the first half. Vandy battled back and cut the lead to 37-31 at the half. Alabama opened the second half with an 18-6 run that gave the Crimson Tide a 57-37 lead with 10:19 remaining in the game. Alabama would cruise on to victory. John Petty Jr. led Alabama in scoring with 23 points. Petty hit 5 of 10 from 3-point range. All five of his 3-point makes were made in the first half. Freshman forward Dylan Disu led the Commodores with 21 points. Alabama out-shot Vandy 46%-31% from the field and 34.5%-19% from 3-point range. Alabama as a team for the season is hitting 44% from the field, 36% from 3-point range and 72% from the line.

Kansas State (8-10, 1-5 Big 12) most recently was defeated at Kansas 81-60 on Tuesday night. Just three days before the loss to the Jayhawks the Wildcats earned an 84-68 home upset win over a 14-3 West Virginia team. That game ended a 4-game conference losing streak for KSU. Xavier Sneed leads KSU in scoring averaging 14.7 points per game. Sneed is a 3-point shooting threat with 35 made threes. Sneed is also his team’s leading rebounder (4.7 rpg). Cartier Diarra is the only other double digit scorer for the Wildcats (12.9 ppg). For the season, Kansas State is hitting 42.5% from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 66% from the line.

Kansas State is kind of like Missouri and Texas A&M. They don’t usually score a lot of points but they don’t allow many points either. Alabama is fortunate to catch Kansas State in a down year for a match in Coleman Coliseum. We don’t see this KSU team being able to keep up with the Tide but the outcome of this game isn’t a given.

Kansas State-Alabama Prediction

Alabama 75, Missouri 66

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

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