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#16 Alabama at #12 Auburn Preview

The #16 Alabama Crimson Tide (16-6) travels to the #12 Auburn Tigers (18-4). Alabama has won all games since they took down the Tigers at Coleman Coliseum 79-75.

Sears looking for a pass.
The Crimson White / Riley Thompson

Alabama beat LSU by 21, coming back from double digits at Georgia, and beat Mississippi State by 32. Auburn lost to Mississippi State by 6, beat Vanderbilt by 27, and took down Ole Miss by 14 on the road. Alabama is currently first in the SEC with an 8-1 record, with South Carolina and Auburn at 7-2 on the Tide’s tails.

In Auburn’s latest game, Auburn beat Ole Miss in Oxford 91-77. Jaylin Williams had 16 points and 5 rebounds; Johni Broome had 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists; and Chad Baker-Mazara had 15 points and 9 rebounds. The Tigers shot 54.7% from the field while out-rebounding the Rebels 42-26.

Auburn is led by Johni Broome and Jaylin Williams. Broome is averaging 15.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 2.0 assists. Williams is averaging 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. Auburn allows 65.9 points per game while scoring 82.4 points per game.

In Alabama's latest game, the Crimson Tide beat Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa 99-67. Mark Sears had 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists; Aaron Estrada had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists; Mouhamed Dioubate had 14 points and 9 rebounds; and Jarin Stevenson had 14 points and 2 rebounds.

Alabama is led by Mark Sears, Aaron Estrada, and Grant Nelson. Sears averages 20.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.7 steals. Estrada averages 12.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.9 steals. Nelson averages 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 blocks. Alabama scores 89.9 points per game while allowing 75.2 points per game.

This game is huge for both sides. Alabama is looking to sweep their rivals for the second year in a row, while Auburn is trying to prevent four straight losses to the Crimson Tide. The crowd at Neville Arena will be hoping that the Tigers will take down the Tide on Wednesday. 

If Alabama wins at Auburn, the Tide will move to 9-1 in the SEC, and Auburn will move to 7-3. That would give Alabama a strong hold on first place. If Auburn wins at home, the Tide and Tigers will both be 8-2 in conference play. Depending on the result of South Carolina’s game at home against Ole Miss, there could be a three-way tie for first place in the SEC.

How to watch: 

#16 Alabama at #12 Auburn

Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m. CT 


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