Previewing Alabama

No. 18 NC State heads on the road to face highly-regarded Alabama. The Crimson Tide (5-3) features one of the nation's top frontcourts and will present a major challenge for the Wolfpack.

Alabama Information

    Projected Starters: 
    F- 01 Chuck Davis 6-8, 230, SR 18.1 ppg. 5.6 rpg.
    F- 23 Jean Felix 6-7, 205, SR  5.9 ppg. 3.1 rpg.
    C- 33 Jermareo Davidson 6-10, 220, JR  12.1 ppg. 10.5 rpg.
    F- 12 Alonzo Gee 6-6, 215, FR  7.9ppg. 3.0 rpg.
    PG-22 Ronald Steele 6-3, 185, SO 9.5 ppg. 3.3 rpg. 3.8 apg.

    Key Notes
    • Sixth meeting between Alabama & N.C. State with Alabama leading series 3-2 and last meeting in 1992 in Tournament of Champions in Charlotte
    • Tide senior forward Chuck Davis needs just 9 points to score his 1,000 UA career point
    • Alonzo Gee is this week's SEC Freshman of the Week
    • Game features two freshmen who were 2005 McDonald's All-Americans, Alabama's Richard Hendrix and N.C. State's Brandon Costner
    • Two "swat" teams go head-to-head as Alabama has blocked 57 shots in 8 games for an average of 7.1 per game and N.C. State has blocked 60 in nine games for 6.7 bpg.
    • Five N.C. State players average in double digit scoring, led by Evtimov's 12.4
    • Two Tide players average in double digit scoring, led by Chuck Davis' 18.1; two more are close with Ron Steele at 9.4 and Justin Jonus at 9.1
    • Eight games into the season, Jermareo Davidson still averages the double-double with 12.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a game
    • Six Tide opponents are ranked in the Top 25 this week, five more are receiving votes

    Gee Is Feted By The SEC This Week
    Tide freshman wing player Alonzo Gee received his first collegiate honor on Monday, December 19. The Palm Beach, Fla., native was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week. Gee, who has started in the last two games, scored 19 points, making 7 of 12 shots from the field, had five rebounds, two assists and two steals in his 29 minutes of the floor against Georgia State on December 17 to win the honor.

    Seven Men in This Match-up Average Double Digits in Scoring
    Seven men combined on Alabama and N.C. State's teams go into Thursday night's game averaging in double digits in scoring. Bama's Chuck Davis is the most prolific of those scorers. He's averaging 18.1 points a game. Bama's Jermareo Davidson is averaging 12.1 points (to go with 10.5 rebounds a game). Two more Alabama players are close to averaging double digits as Ronald Steele is at 9.5 points a game and Justin Jonus averages 9.1 points a game.

    Chuck Davis
    Five men on N.C. State's team average double digits, led by Ilian Evtimov's 12.4, 11.8 from Cedric Simmons, 10.3 from both Engin Atsur and Cameron Bennerman and 10.0 from Gavin Grant.

    As a team after eight games, Alabama averages 74.0 points and is holding opponents to 67.1 a game. N.C. State is averaging 76.9 points a game after nine games and holding opponents to 57.6 a game. Its opponents include Stetson, The Citadel, Delaware, VMI, Notre Dame, Iowa, Appalachian State, UNC Ashville and Miami. Alabama's opponents so far have included Miami of Ohio, top 10 ranked Memphis, Alabama State, Louisiana Tech, Winthrop, Notre Dame, Temple and Georgia State.

    UA's Hendrix & N.C. State's Costner Were McDonald's Teammates
    They'll be doing all they can to see the other's team fail Thursday night, but last March Alabama freshman Richard Hendrix and N.C. State freshman Brandon Costner were teammates on the East team in the McDonald's All-American game.

    The two helped the East win 115-110 against the West. Hendrix started for the East and scored six points, had four rebounds and two blocks. Costner came off the bench and had seven rebounds, two points and three assists.

    Six Tide Opponents Ranked
    Six teams on Alabama's schedule are ranked in this week's AP top 25, Memphis, Florida and Oklahoma among the top 10. Also ranked are N.C. State and Tennessee. Kentucky is Top 25 in the coaches poll. Vanderbilt, Arkansas, LSU and Notre Dame are receiving votes in the polls. Alabama is receiving votes in AP.

    Davis Closing in on 1,000th Career Point: Needs Nine
    Senior forward Chuck Davis is closing in on a career milestone, his 1,000th career point. Going into the N.C. State game, Davis has 991 UA career points for a career average of 11.5 points a game in 86 career games. After scoring 22 this past Saturday night against Georgia State, the Selma native needs nine more points to reach 1,000. He's averaging 18.1 points a game this season...Alabama has 38 former players, including its head coach Mark Gottfried (1,056) who reached the 1,000 UA points milestone.

    Tide Players Produce Some of SEC's Best Stats
    Going into this week's round of games, Alabama's players continued to produced some of the Southeastern Conference's best stats.

    Ronald Steele
    In rebounding, Jermareo Davidson ranks 2nd, Richard Hendrix 14th and Chuck Davis 19th. Davis ranked 4th in scoring and 4th in field goal percentage with his .585% accuracy rate. Ronald Steele was 9th in assists and second in free throw percentage at .875%. Davidson ranked 7th in free throw percentage. In 3-point shooting stats, Justin Jonus ranked 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage (.528%) and 5th in 3-point field goals shots made per game (2.38). In blocked shots, Davidson was 2nd, Davis 6th and Hendrix 9th. Steele was 2nd in assists/turnover ratio (2.73). Davidson was 6th and Hendrix 9th in offensive rebounds and Davidson was 2nd in defensive rebounds where he averages 7.63 defensive board a game. And in minutes played on all 12 SEC teams, Steele ranked 3rd with his average of 34.88 minutes in the game and Davis ranked 9th with his average floor time of 31.88.

    Last Time Out
    Led by 22 points, seven rebounds and six blocks on graduation day from Chuck Davis, the Tide snapped a two-game losing streak with a 85-58 home win against Georgia State on Saturday, December 17. Davis was one of four Alabama players who scored in double digits as freshman Alonzo Gee scored 19, Jermareo Davidson 12 and Ronald Steele 11 points. Steele, who did not practice all week as he's nursing a back injury, started and had a game that included six rebounds, five assists and four steals in his 31 minutes on the floor at point guard. The game marked the second consecutive, and second career, start for Gee. Alabama took the game's lead for good at 12-11 with 13:39 remaining in the first half. It led 49-37 at the break. The Tide shot .475% from the field, making 28 of 59. It was 6 of 15 (.400%) from 3- point range, and, for the 2nd time this season, it shot 85% at the line, making 23 of 27 (for .852%). It held Georgia State to .351% shooting (20 of 57). Alabama out-rebounded GSU 43 to 27, led by eight from both Jermareo Davidson and Richard Hendrix. Alabama blocked 10 GSU shots, including Davis' six. Hendrix blocked three and Davidson one.

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