Show Me My Opponent: Alabama (#2)

LINEUP NOTES

Alabama:

  • After rolling through 10 starting lineups in 2019-20, Nate Oats reverted to his opening night lineup for the season finale. It did not go well. Regardless, the most recent starting lineup was Lewis, Shackleford, Petty, Jones, Smith.
  • To be honest, as of when I’m writing this – 6:30 PM ET, Wednesday, March 11 – I don’t actually know if this game is going to be played due to the COVID-19 scare. That said, if they do play the game, you can count on an eight-man rotation (Bolden, Reese, Davis) with Jaylen Forbes sometimes getting enough minutes to count as the ninth.

Tennessee:

  • Vescovi, Bowden, JJJ, Pons, Fulkerson.
  • Again, who knows if this gets played or not, but assuming it does, Tennessee has firmly moved to a six-man rotation with Jalen Johnson as the sixth and Gaines/Nkamhoua/Plavsic getting very spare minutes.

KEY MATCHUPS

Santiago Vescovi vs. Kira Lewis. Vescovi was horrid from the field in the first match, going 2-for-15. And yet: 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals. Lewis got 19 points on 15 shots and didn’t attempt a single free throw, which was a victory. I guess I’d take something similar.

Jordan Bowden/Josiah-Jordan James vs. Jaden Shackleford. Shackleford committed three turnovers in the last one and generally didn’t do a ton, but he’s taken on a larger role late in the season. I’d prefer if Bowden gets more minutes defending him, but we’ll see.

You vs. The Thing. Wash your hands. Please.

PREDICTION

Alabama 74, Tennessee 73.

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