Alabama vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Preview
The Crimson Tide are coming off a tough loss to the Dayton Flyers this past Tuesday, but will play host to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns tonight in Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama's leading scorer through two games is senior Retin Obasohan. #32 is averaging 12.5 points/game for the Tide, but he's been solid on the defensive side of the court as well, tied for first with freshman standout Dazon Ingram with four steals on the season.
Speaking of the freshman, Ingram has been a bright spot for the Tide, as many thought he would be this season. He has had an all-around solid game over his first two games of his career, averaging 9 points/game, 5.5 rebounds/game, and 4 assists/game. He'll look to continue this good start against the Ragin' Cajuns tonight.
The Crimson Tide will need some production from the front court if they want to continue improving over the course of the season, and it needs to start this evening. Junior forward Shannon Hale has only played 46 total minutes over the two games (he only played 19.4 minutes/game last season), and hasn't been as productive as he was last year on the offensive end of the court. It's not that he's been bad on the offensive end, but he's had a turnover problem, leading the team with nine turnovers. If he can cut down on his ball-handling issues, the Tide will see a vast amount of improvement.
For the Ragin' Cajuns, they are no slouch when it comes to basketball. Yes, they're 1-1 like the Tide are this season, but they have four players who are averaging double digit points/game in Shawn Long (17.5), Devonta Walker (14), Kasey Shepherd (14), and Jay Wright (10).
However, the Tide do match-up well with Louisiana-Lafayette because the Ragin' Cajuns do not have a single player taller than 6'9". Watch for Alabama to snag a few more rebounds than they did against the Dayton Flyers and also look for center Jimmie Taylor to have a big game on the defensive end of the court.
Hear from some of the Tide players and head coach Avery Johnson from Thursday's meeting with the press below.