Preview: Alabama Basketball Hosts Winthrop on Wednesday
The second game for the Crimson Tide without freshman point guard Dazon Ingram will be a tough match-up with the co-leaders of the Big South, the Winthrop Eagles.
Alabama enters this game with a 6-2 record, boasting some early big wins over the likes of Notre Dame, Wichata State, and the Dayton Flyers. Unfortunately for the Tide, a season-ending injury to freshman point guard Dazon Ingram may hinder this team's offensive output, but they'll still play with the same tempo and the same defensive intensity that they've played with thus far this season.
Justin Coleman has taken on a larger role in the gameplan since Ingram's injury. He played 30 minutes in the Tide's victory over the Clemson Tigers this past Sunday, while getting involved in all facets of the game, finishing with three points, five assists, five rebounds, and a steal.
Retin Obasohan has established his role as the leader of this Tide team, as they needed his 23-point, five-rebound performance to take down the Tigers, and will need similar production to take down the Eagles tonight.
The Eagles come into this game with a 6-2 record, with their losses coming at the hands of ACC and SEC foes NC State and Georgia, respectively. The rest of their schedule hasn't been particularly impressive, but they've been productive on the stat sheet on the offensive end of the court.
Averaging 83.4 points/game, the Eagles rank 37th in the nation in scoring, and a large percentage of those points have come from the shooting of junior guard Keon Johnson. Johnson is averaging 18.9 points/game this season on 47.1% shooting from the field.
Along with his ability to score the basketball, he is also an extremely efficient scorer, as is evidenced by his 10.6 shot attempts/game average. In fact, out of the top 100 scorers in the country (he sits at 55th), only four players average less shot attempts/game than he does. If Alabama wants to send the Eagles back to Rock Hill, SC with a loss, they'll have to force Johnson into situations where he has to take bad shots. Outside of Obasohan, Alabama hasn't found a consistent offensive threat, so getting into a shootout with one of the nation's most efficient scorers is not the best idea.