March 14, 2008
Scouting report: UA vs. Mississippi State
Alabama (17-15, 6-11) vs. Mississippi State (21-9, 12-4)
What: SEC basketball tournament, second round.
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
When: 6:30 p.m. CST
First round: Alabama topped Florida 80-69, never trailing after opening a 14-0 lead; Mississippi State earned a first-round bye as the top seed in the West Division.
|Alabama probable starters|
|G||Rico Pickett||6-3, 175||5.9||Freshman got to free-throw line (11 trips) vs. Gators|
|G||Mykal Riley||6-6, 185||14.5||Has scored 26 in each of his last two games|
|G||Alonzo Gee||6-6, 220||14.6||Defensive game will need to be sharp vs. Bulldogs|
|F||Demetrius Jemison||6-7, 225||5.6||Pulled down nine rebounds against Florida|
|F||Richard Hendrix||6-8, 265||17.7||Scored 22 vs. UF, but will knee soreness flare with back-to-back games?|
|Alabama top reserves|
|G||Brandon Hollinger||5-11, 170||6.4||Took just one shot vs. Gators, but made four assists|
|G||Senario Hillman||6-1, 190||4.6||Played through pain for 15 minutes in opening round|
|MSU probable starters|
|G||Ben Hansbrough||6-3, 205||10.4||Shooting skills make him a key cog for MSU in its half-court set.|
|G||Barry Stewart||6-2, 170||11.7||Second on team in both steals (36) and assists (78)|
|G||Jamont Gordon||6-4, 230||17.5||When shot clock winds down, the ball goes to Gordon|
|F||Charles Rhodes||6-8, 245||16.8||One of the SEC's top power forwards and a physical rebounding presence|
|C||Jarvis Varnado||6-9, 210||7.8||SEC Defensive POY averages 4.80 blocks per game|
|MSU top reserves|
|G||Phil Turner||6-3, 170||4.7||Solid defender who averages 18 minutes per game as a freshman|
|F||Brian Johnson||6-9, 245||2.3||Can sub for Varnado or Rhodes and hold his own defensively at either spot|
Analysis and Prediction
Mississippi State goes for its third win over Alabama this year after sweeping the season series.
Prediction: Mississippi State 74, Alabama 69.
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