Alabama Basketball To Play Kansas

Alabama basketball teams should be interested in the Crimson Tide going up against Kansas. It happens Sunday, at Foster Auditorium. The Bama women's team will host the Jayhawks at 2 p.m. CST.



Most Alabama athletics fans are looking forward to Sunday and the announcement of the BCS Championship Game. But a few hours before that happens, Coach Wendell Hudson's much-improved Crimson Tide will be on display in the beautifully-remodeled Foster Auditorium.

"Kansas is a very good basketball team," said Alabama Hudson. "They are coming in undefeated and will probably be the best test we've had to this point. If we execute and play our style of basketball, we have a chance to be successful."

Alabama and Kansas will be meeting for the second time in the series that began last season. In last year's contest, the Jayhawks came out on top 79-57 in Allen Fieldhouse. Poor shooting hurt the Crimson Tide as it connected on only 17 of its 64 attempts (26.6 percent), while the Jayhawks went 30-for-51 from the floor (58.8 percent). Alabama did force 19 Kansas turnovers and had 10 steals. The Jayhawks dominated in the paint outscoring the Tide 48-18 down low.

Alabama won its third straight game on Friday with a 69-56 decision over Southeastern Louisiana at home. Five Tide players recorded double-figure points in the victory, led by sophomore Jasmine Robinson's 13 points. She also added five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in the win. Junior Erin Hogue tallied her first career double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 points. Sophomore Khristin Lee dished out a game-best six assists against the Lions. Alabama forced 17 Southeastern Louisiana turnovers and scored 21 points off those turnovers.

Kansas enters Sunday's game with a perfect 7-0 record, with its most recent win coming against SMU, 75-52. The Jayhawks will be playing only their second road game of the season when they take on the Tide in Foster Auditorium.

Three Kansas players are averaging double-figure points, led by junior Carolyn Davis' 16.2 point contribution per contest. She is followed by senior Aishah Sutherland (13.6 ppg) and junior Angel Goodrich (12.7 ppg). Sutherland has collected a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game, while Goodrich leads the team in assists and steals with averages of 7.6 and 4.7, respectively. As a team, the Jayhawks are hitting 57.1 percent of their shots from the floor, while recording 12.4 steals per game and 5.0 blocks per contest. Kansas is averaging 77.3 points per game, which is 20.0 points more per game than its opponents.

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