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Basketball Open Thread: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Troy Trojans

  7:00pm CST
Coleman Coliseum
Tuscaloosa, AL
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Alabama Men's Basketball Set to Host Troy |

"I know Troy has a lot of new faces, but I'm really impressed with their system." Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "From an offensive standpoint, they'll challenge us in how we defend. They're very similar to us in terms of the pace they want to play at. They're going to attack and try to play in transition. They're a team that plays a lot of zone so we have to make sure we do a good job of being patient offensively and work the ball inside-to-out."

Tide basketball faces tougher test against Troy |

Alabama disrupted the Florida A&M offense in an easy 76-37 win over the Rattlers last Friday night, but Grant said there was still "plenty of room for improvement."

"There were some areas where we made improvement (over the two exhibition wins against Talladega College and UA)’ Grant said. "I thought our defensive intensity was where it needed to be in the second half. But at the same time, I think we definitely need to a better job of rebounding and we had some careless turnovers."

Tide, Trojans square off on hardwood | The Enterprise Ledger

"We probably don’t want to run with Alabama," (Troy Head Coach Don) Maestri said. "They’ve got a very, very good speed game. I watched them play. They’ve got great athletes. ... I don’t think we want to be in a track meet and stay in the game with them. We’ll have to play a little smarter and eat up a little more clock."