SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Alabama

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Tennessee visits Alabama on Tuesday 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
Tennessee 0.433 0.314 0.749 199 741 318 121 123 285
Tennessee OPP 0.386 0.305 0.687 224 722 209 152 64 272
Alabama 0.440 0.347 0.711 236 860 290 132 101 327
Alabama OPP 0.408 0.303 0.740 256 827 239 178 83 292

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Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 12.6 90 52 33
John Fulkerson Tennessee 11.6 97 49 0
Yves Pons Tennessee 11.1 88 35 22
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 7.8 53 28 22
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 4.0 37 10 1
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 3.6 23 13 16
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 2.6 12 22 3
Drew Pember Tennessee 1.7 7 10 3

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Fulkerson Tennessee 41 86 127 6.0
Josiah-Jordan James Tennessee 20 94 114 5.7
Yves Pons Tennessee 28 72 100 4.8
Jordan Bowden Tennessee 7 70 77 3.7
Olivier Nkamhoua Tennessee 29 45 74 3.5
Jalen Johnson Tennessee 11 34 45 2.1
Lamonte Turner Tennessee 7 32 39 3.5
Santiago Vescovi Tennessee 5 28 33 3.7
Davonte Gaines Tennessee 7 24 31 1.6
Drew Pember Tennessee 9 11 20 1.3
Uros Plavsic Tennessee 4 3 7 1.2
Zach Kent Tennessee 0 2 2 1.0

Alabama Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 16.4 126 65 28
John Petty Jr. Alabama 15.4 104 49 66
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 13.4 87 59 49
Herbert Jones Alabama 9.9 66 55 1
Alex Reese Alabama 9.9 71 28 38
James Bolden Alabama 7.9 43 32 25
Javian Davis Alabama 6.1 43 42 0
Galin Smith Alabama 2.7 23 10 0
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 2.6 16 12 7

Alabama Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
John Petty Jr. Alabama 33 118 151 7.2
Herbert Jones Alabama 36 84 120 6.3
Kira Lewis Jr. Alabama 21 91 112 5.3
Alex Reese Alabama 20 79 99 4.7
Jaden Shackelford Alabama 20 70 90 4.3
Javian Davis Alabama 29 52 81 3.9
Galin Smith Alabama 24 28 52 2.5
Jaylen Forbes Alabama 16 35 51 2.6
James Bolden Alabama 12 20 32 1.8
Tyler Barnes Alabama 0 4 4 0.7
Adam Cottrell Alabama 0 1 1 0.3

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NCAA RPI

Tennessee: 70

Alabama: 41

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

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

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Scouting Report


Tennessee (12-9, 4-4 SEC) fell to Mississippi State 86-73 on Saturday in Starkville. In the first half the lead changed several times before the Vols headed to halftime up 34-28. The Vols maintained their lead in the second half until the 16:17 mark when State took the lead on a pair of Reggie Perry made free throws. Tennessee would never lead again and the Bulldogs would lead by as much as 17 in the final minutes. Perry led the Bulldogs with 24 points. He also had 11 rebounds. Uros Plavsic and Santiago Vescovi co-led the Vols with 16 points. This game was won in the paint with the Bulldogs outscoring the Vols 32-20 inside.

Jordan Bowden leads the Vols in scoring at 12.6 points per contest. John Fulkerson is the Vols’ second leading scorer for the season averaging 11.6 points per game. Fulkerson also leads the Vols in rebounding pulling down 6.0 boards a game. Tennessee is currently No. 1 in the SEC in scoring defense (60.0 ppg). A big reason for that is that the Vols are very stingy at allowing opponents to make field goals (37.8%, No. 1 SEC). For the season, the Vols are hitting 43% of their field goals, 31.4% of 3-point shots and 74.9% of free throws.

Alabama (12-9, 4-4 SEC) fell to Arkansas 82-78 on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Bama jumped out to a very early 12-0 lead and held the led for all but a 3-minute span in the first half. The Crimson Tide led 39-36 at the half. In the second half Alabama maintained its lead until just under 11 minutes to play when a Jimmy Whitt Jr. free throw put the Razorbacks on top 56-55. The Tide re-took the lead at 67-66 with 5:29 to play on a John Petty Jr. layup. However, with 3:20 to play the Hogs took the lead for good on a Jalen Harris free throw. Arkansas would lead by as much as seven in the final moments of the game. Mason Jones led the Hogs with 30 points. Jones hit on 4 of 7 3-point attempts. Jaden Shackelford led the Crimson Tide with 28. The difference in this game was 17 Alabama turnovers and the Razorbacks limiting the Tide to just six made three point shots (8/31, 26%).

Kira Lewis Jr. leads the Tide in scoring averaging 16.4 points per game. Petty, Jr. is not far behind Lewis at 15.4 points a contest. Petty leads the Tide in rebounding pulling down over 7 a game. Bama is No. 1 in the SEC in scoring offense (82.4 ppg). The Crimson Tide is dead last in scoring defense, however, allowing 77.2 points a contest. The Tide is also No. 1 in the SEC in 3-point shooting hitting 35.1%. Bama has made for 3-point shots than any other team in the SEC with 207.

This is a key game for both teams. The loser falls below .500 while the winner does not. It’s Tennessee’s No. 1 SEC scoring defense against the top scoring team in the league. This one is a tossup.. so you go with the home team.

Tennessee-Alabama Prediction

Alabama 76, Tennessee 75


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET. TV: ESPNU.

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