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Alabama will be making first home appearance in December

Alabama hopes to break two-game losing streak vs. USC-Upstate

The Alabama men’s basketball team makes its first appearance in Tuscaloosa this month Thursday when the Crimson Tide hosts the University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartans in Coleman Coliseum at 7 p.m. CST Thursday. The game will be televised on SEC Network-Alternate.
Alabama, 4-4 on the season, will be trying to break a two-game losing streak as the Tide fell in road games at Texas ((68-77) and Oregon (56-65) in its last two outings.
Bama will be playing its third game of the season against teams from South Carolina. The Tide earlier defeated Coastal Carolina (70-53) and Charleston Southern (76-46) in Tuscaloosa.
USC-Upstate is 7-5 and has played nine of its 12 games away from home. The Spartans will be playing their third game in six days Thursday after having defeated Virginia-Wise (99-67) on Dec. 10 and Presbyterian (76-48) on Dec. 13.
Alabama will be without junior wing player Nick King, who is being treated for a lung disorder.
Two things that stand out for Alabama are youth and bench.
The Tide’s top two scorers are freshmen and four of the top eight scorers are either freshmen or sophomores. Redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram leads Bama in scoring at 10 points per game, assists at 4 per game, steals at 1.3, and three-point shooting percentage (45.5). True freshman Braxton Key is second on the team in scoring at 9.9 per game, rebounding at 4 per game, and three-point shooting (42.9 per cent).
Alabama’s bench is averaging 31.3 points per game and outscoring its counterparts by 15.3 points per contest.
The Tide is 46th in the nation in both fewest turnovers (104) and turnovers forced (128).
Alabama is holding opponents to 62.8 points per game, which is second among Southeastern Conference teams and 32nd in the nation.
USC-Upstate is led by center Michael Buchanan, who averages 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

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