November 25, 2006

Preview: Alabama vs. Texas Southern

What: Texas Southern (1-3) vs. No. 8 Alabama (4-0)
Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL
When: Saturday, Nov. 25
Time/TV: 6:00 p.m. (CST)/ACN
Series record: 1-2
Last Meeting: The Tide beat the Tigers 88-58 in 1983.

The Coaches
Alabama -- Mark Gottfried (ninth season) has compiled a record of 165-96 at Alabama and an overall mark of 230-120.

Texas Southern -- Ronnie Courtney (sixth season) has compiled a record of 63-85 at Texas Southern.

The Starting Lineups
Forward -- 35 Richard Hendrix (6-8, 265, So., 12.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG)
Forward -- 12 Alonzo Gee (6-6, 215, So. 15.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG)
Center -- 33 Jermareo Davidson (6-10, 230, Sr., 14.0 PPG, 11 RPG)
Guard -- 4 Brandon Hollinger (5-11, 170, So., 3.8 PPG, 3 APG)
Guard -- 22 Ronald Steele (6-3, 185, Jr., 12.8 PPG, 7.3 APG)

Texas Southern
Forward -- 00 Chris Moore (6-8, 210, Sr., 14.5 PPG, 8.5 RPG)
Forward -- 15 Jacques Jones (6-7, 200, Fr., 11.3 PPG, 5 RPG)
Forward -- 24 Leonta Matthews (6-6, 200, Sr., 7.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG)
Forward -- 50 Brian Eqwautu (6-6, 230, So., 1.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG)
Guard -- 11 Dominique White (6-1, 180, Jr., .3 PPG, 1.3 RPG)

Around the perimeter

Alabama: After a few tough games, Mykal Riley finally caught fire again for the Tide in the later rounds of the Paradise Jam, hitting on 5 of 11 shots from the field against Xavier. Steele also proved that his pesky tendonitis hasn't affected his range, sinking 4 of 5 from 3-point range against Iowa.

Texas Southern: With a starting lineup that features just one guard, it's safe to say the perimeter game isn't a high priority for the Tigers. With just 30 attempts from 3-point range this season, don't expect to see much in the way of jump shooting on the TSU end of the court.

Advantage: Alabama

In the paint

Alabama: With Davidson back in the lineup, the Tide are proving why many experts have called them one of the nation's best frontcourt teams. Davidson, Hendrix and Gee are each averaging a double-double dominating their competition on the glass. Hendrix has also become a major offensive force for the Tide, shooting an impressive 63 percent from the field so far this season.

Texas Southern: The Tigers are a team built to compete in the paint with four of their starters coming in at 6-foot-6 or taller. Moore is a preseason All-SWAC selection and racked up 24 steals and 10 double-doubles last season leading the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament berth.

Advantage: Alabama

What to watch for: With almost no perimeter threat to worry about, the Tide's defensive efforts will revolve around its big men. The Tigers will provide an excellent test for the endurance and depth of the Tide frontcourt and their speed will force the Tide to continue to step up their transition defense.

Prediction: Alabama 70, Texas Southern 57

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