Jan 6, 2018; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Chris Silva (30) dunks the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: South Carolina Basketball at Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide will host the South Carolina Gamecocks’ basketball team on Tuesday night. The Tide will begin a stretch of playing five of its next seven games under the Coleman Coliseum.

This will be the only meeting between both teams this year. Last year Alabama won at South Carolina in a quadruple-overtime thriller, 90-86. =The Tide would go on to win again in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals, 64-53.

South Carolina

The Gamecocks got their first SEC game of the season on Saturday with a career performance from forward Chris Silva. Silva lead the Gamecocks with a career-best 27 points, hitting nine baskets and posting a 9-of-12 mark from the free throw line. Silva ranks third in the SEC with 14.6 points per game.

The Gamecocks defense was able to hold Vanderbilt to just 35.2 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from 3-point range. The team was able to hold Jeff Roberson, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Riley LaChance to a combined 24 points and 6-of-22 from the field.

When asked how important Silva is for the Gamecocks Head coach Frank Martin didn’t hold back in mentioning he is a major key to their success.

South Carolina will begin a tough stretch, playing two on the road this week before returning home for two games the following week. The Gamecocks are averaging 67.0 points per game, and are 10-5 overall, 1-2 in the SEC.

Alabama

The Crimson Tide have dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season with a 76-75 loss to Vanderbilt and 65-46 loss to Georgia. Alabama is averaging 74.9 points per game and outscoring the opposition by 4.3 points.

Alabama’s defense is allowing opponents to shot 40.9 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from deep.

Freshman Collin Sexton is averaging 20.6 points per game, which also leads the SEC and ranks 35th nationally.

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