Stanford vs. Alabama: Full Game Preview
|Stanford||D Powell 15.3||J Huestis 9.1||A Bright 3.4|
|Alabama||T Releford 15.2||R Cooper 4.6||T Lacey 3.1|
No. 1-seeded Alabama matches up against No. 4-seeded Stanford in the second round of the NIT at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday. Tipoff is at 12 p.m. ET and it can be seen on ESPN. The Crimson Tide have not played the Cardinal since the 2003-04 season, when they won 70-67.
In their last outing, behind 13 points and five rebounds from Levi Randolph, the Crimson Tide blew out Northeastern 62-43 on Mar. 19. He is putting up 7.7 points per game while also averaging 4.1 rebounds per game. For the Cardinal, Dwight Powell finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds in the 58-57 win over Stephen F. Austin on Mar. 19. His 15.3 points per game is the highest mark on the team. A key area of strength for Stanford is turnover percentage at 17.1, which ranks second in their conference (and 30th nationally).
- Since 1998, Alabama has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Stanford (14 vs. five).
- A for effort, but Alabama has emerged victorious against Stanford the last two times they've played.
- Alabama has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Stanford ($29,814 vs. $53,000).
- Trevor Releford is ranked 50th nationally in steals.
- Alabama has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (61.2 percent to 56.0 percent).
- The Alabama steals leader (Trevor Releford, 61 steals) has more steals than the Stanford steals leader (Chasson Randle, 37 steals).
- Alabama beat Stanford by 3 points the last time they played (Mar 20, 2004).
- Alabama has a better scoring defense (59.3 allowed per game vs. 66.8 allowed per game) than Stanford this season.
- Even computers respect Alabama more. Alabama has a better RPI this season than Stanford (RPI: No. 60 vs. No. 72).
- The Alabama assist leader (Trevor Lacey, 98 assists) has more assists than the Stanford assist leader (Aaron Bright, 97 assists).
- Alabama has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Stanford ($17,214 vs. $53,000).