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Alabama and St. Louis meet in consolation finals in Las Vegas

Alabama will be going for first-ever win over St. Louis

Alabama will attempt to get its record on the winning side tonight and also get a win over a team it has never beaten when the Crimson Tide takes on St. Louis in Las Vegas. Bama and the the Billikens play in the consolation finals of the Heavyweight Division of the Men Who Speak Up Main Event at the MGM Grand at 8:30 p.m. CST (6:30 p.m. PST).
 Both teams have 2-2 records after dropping semifinal games Monday. St. Louis fell to BYU by a score of 92-62 in the first semifinal and Alabama dropped dropped a 68-60 decision to Valparaiso in the nightcap.
Alabama competed well against Valparaiso, trailing by just 4 points with 45 seconds to play. The Billikens were down by just five points with 10 minutes remaining in its semifinal, but BYU outscored the Bills 31-6 down the stretch to post the 30-point win.
St. Louis has won all four games against Alabama, the last game played in 1999.
Tonight’s game will not be televised but can be streamlined at
Coach Avery Johnson’s Alabama team is led by redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram tops the team in assists (4.8), steals (1.3) and minutes (28) per game, while ranking second with 10.3 points per game. Graduate transfer Corban Collins leads the team in scoring at 10.5 ppg and three-point field goals made (7).
Donta Hall is the Tide’s top rebounder at 5.5 per game. He is part of a strong Alabama bench that is outscoring its opponents’ reserves by 18.4 points per game (32.2-13.8).
Veteran St. Louis Coach Travis Ford has a high-scoring team.
Sophomore guard Jermaine Bishop scored a career-high 27 points in the loss to BYU on Monday. Bishop’s 27 points came on 11-of-23 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from long range. For the year, the point guard leads the Billikens in scoring (13.8 ppg) and assists (5.0 apg).
 Senior forward Reggie Agbeko is averaging a double-double with 13.5 ppg and 10.3 rpg (second in the A-10).  Junior guard Davell Roby averages 13.0 ppg, while redshirt freshman forward Elliott Welmer scores 9.8 ppg and is second on the Billikens with six made 3-pointers.
The Tide returns to Coleman Coliseum Tuesday to host Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. CST, a game that will be televised on SEC Network.

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