When and where: January 25, 2020, Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL, 6:00 PM ET
The Kansas State Wildcats attempt to put the infamous brawl with Kansas in the rearview for Saturday’s tough road trip to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Since their road loss to Kentucky, the Tide have rolled over Auburn, Missouri and Vanderbilt in three consecutive victories. The Wildcats, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six games, including an 81-60 loss to Kansas on Tuesday night.
The aftermath of the brawl still lingersThe shocking brawl that erupted on the court between Kansas and Kansas State didn’t come without repercussions. Kansas took the biggest hit in length of suspensions with forward Silvio De Sousa getting hit with 12 games. However, two Wildcats players were also disciplined with James Love receiving eight games and Antonio Gordon getting three games.
“This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated and these suspensions reflect the severity of last evening’s events,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “I am appreciative of the cooperation of both institutions in resolving this matter.”
The incident served as a black eye for college basketball, but Kansas State will do whatever they can not to let it define an already disappointing season. A tall task awaits them in Saturday’s road trip against the surging Crimson Tide.
Alabama is currently the No. 2 scoring offense in the country with the team averaging 83.1 points per game at home. That doesn’t bode well for a Kansas State team allowing a 75.3-point scoring average in their last three outings.
It’s hard to put much faith in the Wildcats with Xavier Sneed and Cartier Diarra serving as the only reliable scoring options. Unless they plan on ripping off a pair of earth-shattering offensive performances, it could be a long night for Kansas State.
What got into the Tide?Gonzaga is the only basketball team in the country averaging more points per game than Alabama right now. Let that thought sink in for a moment.
The Crimson Tide have been on a tear, and they are rolling over anyone in their path. Their last three consecutive wins, including an 83-64 win over Auburn, have ended in 14-plus-point blowout margins. They aren’t just defeating teams. They’re burying them on the scoreboard.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t serious concerns, particularly when it comes to loose handling of the ball. The Crimson Tide turned the ball over 25 times in Wednesday’s win over Vanderbilt and still dominated in a 77-62 victory.
They’ll try to clean up the mistakes in Saturday’s run-in with Kansas State. Junior guard John Petty Jr. will be looking to spearhead that effort against the Wildcats’ 51st-ranked defense. Petty is having a sensational season leading the Crimson Tide in scoring with 16.7 points per game. Throw Kira Lewis Jr. in the mix and the game could turn into an offensive soiree at Kansas State’s expense.
However, don’t sleep on Alabama’s ability to step up on defense. They are only allowing a 31.2 field goal shooting percentage in their last three outings.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Wildcats are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Wildcats are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Wildcats are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss.
- Crimson Tide are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- Crimson Tide are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Crimson Tide are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Crimson Tide are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games.