The North Alabama Lions and Alabama A&M Bulldogs meet Thursday in college basketball action at the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium. The North Alabama Lions look for a 2-0 start. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs are coming off a 12-win season.
The North Alabama Lions are averaging 108 points on 63.4 percent shooting and allowing 51 points on 31.7 percent shooting. Daniel Ortiz is averaging 20 points and 2 rebounds, while Daniel Braster is averaging 17 points and 5 rebounds. Aidan Kuhl is the third double-digit scorer and Damian Forrest is dishing 3 assists. The North Alabama Lions are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line. The North Alabama Lions are allowing 17.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs have won double-digit games 15 times in school history. Garrett Hicks returns after averaging 14 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Dailin Smith averaged 8.2 points and 1.1 assists. EJ Williams played in 533 minutes last season, and Cameron Tucker averaged 4.1 rebounds. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs say goodbye to their top player in Jalen Johnson, but they return their next top 3 scorers, and that includes Hicks, who has been a consistent double-digit scorer his first 3 seasons. With the returning proaction, Alabama A&M has a chance to push the rest of the teams in the SWAC.
The Lions are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Lions last 7 overall. The over is 7-2 in Bulldogs last 9 overall.
The North Alabama Lions didn't play anybody in their season opener, so the jury is still out on their ability. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs didn't have the privilege of getting a game out of the way to knock off the rust, but they return a good portion of last year's roster and will have the best player on the floor for this game. I'll lay the bucket with the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at home.