December 20, 2006

Preview: Alabama vs. NC State

What: North Carolina State (7-2) vs. No. 10 Alabama (9-1)
Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, NC
When: Wednesday, Dec. 20
Time/TV: 5:30 p.m. (CST)/FSN
Series record: 3-3
Last Meeting: NC State defeated the Tide 68-64 last season in Tuscaloosa.

The Coaches
Alabama -- Mark Gottfried (ninth season) has compiled a record of 170-97 at Alabama and an overall mark of 238-121.

NC State -- Sidney Lowe is in his first season as a college coach.

The Starting Lineups
Alabama
Forward -- 35 Richard Hendrix (6-8, 265, So., 14.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG)
Forward -- 12 Alonzo Gee (6-6, 215, So. 16.4 PPG, 5 RPG)
Center -- 33 Jermareo Davidson (6-10, 230, Sr., 16.1 PPG, 10.6 RPG)
Guard -- 01 Mykal Riley (6-6, 170, So., 11.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG)
Guard -- 22 Ronald Steele (6-3, 185, Jr., 10.9 PPG, 4.3 APG)

NC State
Guard -- 04 Courtney Fells (6-5, 194, So., 11.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG)
Guard -- 11 Gavin Grant (6-7, 212, Jr., 16.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
Guard -- 20 Bryan Nieman (6-6, 215, Sr., 4 PPG, 2.6 RPG)
Forward -- 33 Brandon Costner (6-8, 230, Fr., 15.2 PPG, 7.3 RPG)
Forward -- 34 Ben McCauley (6-9, 235, So., 14.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG)

Around the perimeter

Alabama:

NC State:

Advantage: Alabama


In the paint

Alabama:

NC State:

Advantage: Alabama

What to watch for:

Prediction: Alabama 73, Southern Miss 65

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