Alabama sits alone atop the SEC standings after defeating LSU 109-88.
After beating their rival No. 8 Auburn on Wednesday the Crimson Tide avoided a letdown by controlling the pace of the game, running up and down the court, and scoring at will. Alabama eclipsed 100 points for the sixth time this season, setting a new program record.
Here are a few takeaways from the game.
Career Game From Wrightsell
Nate Oats decided to go with a smaller starting five on Saturday that allowed both Latrell Wrightsell, Jr. and Rylan Griffen to fit into the starting lineup. The change paid off as both Griffen and Wrightsell had excellent games. Wrightsell was hot from behind the arc, hitting a game-high five three-pointers. He finished with 19 points after entering the contest averaging just under eight points a game.
Estrada Bounces Back
Against Auburn on Wednesday, Aaron Estrada was held scoreless. On Saturday, Alabama’s second-leading scorer bounced back to his usual self and provided the Crimson Tide with 18 points. He also chipped in a game-high six rebounds and seven assists.
Bama Dominates Down Low
Alabama’s outside game is as good as anybody’s in the country. The question mark is their play inside. Saturday night, Alabama displayed an ability to compete down low against SEC competition. The Crimson Tide pulled down 42 rebounds compared to just 33 by LSU. Alabama also did a bulk of their scoring damage driving the ball to the basket resulting in 42 points inside the paint.
Running the Floor
LSU was no match for the speed and hustle of the Crimson Tide. Alabama played at their pace and ran up and down the floor resulting in easy transition buckets. The Crimson Tide outscored LSU on fast-break points 22-4.
Next for Alabama is a road trip to Georgia on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. CT.
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