ALABAMA LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST FLORIDA ATLANTIC

Alabama will face Florida Atlantic tonight to close out a two-game homestand in search of its first win of the season.

Alabama is looking to bounce back against the Owls following an 81-80 loss to Penn State in the season-opener led by sophomore Kira Lewis Jr. Lewis scored 30 points, including a three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining, but missed two free-throws.

This is the second meeting between Alabama and Florida Atlantic. The Crimson Tide played the Owls on March 14, 2002, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, defeating FAU, 86-78.

Alabama is playing much faster and is a lot more aggressive on defense. The Crimson Tide had 76 shots finishing 27-of-76 for 35.5 percent against Penn, which is more than any game since 2013 against LSU when Alabama shot 76 times. However, the last time doing it in regulation was in 2004 shooting 80 times beating Charlotte 79-72.

Ahead of tonight’s game, Alabama is expected to receive news regarding sophomore Jahvon Quinerly’s appeal for eligibility. Back when head coach Nate Oats was hired, Quinerly was deemed ineligible by the NCAA after transferring from Villanova. The Crimson Tide should have an answer by game time.

Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.

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