The University of Alabama gets their first real test this evening against the Stanford Cardinal, hailing from the Pac-12. While the season is young, the Tide looked good after game one, granted against an opponent it was supposed to beat.

Jahvon Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford each scored team-high 18 points in the 81-57 win over the OVC’s Jacksonville State University near Gadsden, AL. Shackelford and Herb Jones each recorded a double-double, with Herb recording his fourth career double-double, pulling down 12 rebounds to match his 12 points. Shackelford pulled down 11 rebounds. Jahvon Quinerly led the team in assists with just three.

Stanford vs. Alabama

Expectations are high for the Tide this season, posting a strong recruiting class and returning heavy hitters alike. They have only appeared in two NCAA tournaments in the past 13 years. The winds of change are coming to Tuscaloosa, however. The Tide will travel to Asheville, NC to participate in the Maui Invitational, which was moved due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Expectations are also high for the Cardinal, who return five of their top six scorers from last season and boast an impressive freshman class that includes 6-foot-8 forward Ziaire Williams.

Oscar da Silva averaged team-leading totals in points (15.7) and rebounds (6.4) last season, though the German forward said earlier this month that he expects the infusion of young talent to be a boon for his game.

The over/under is currently set at 148.5, and the spread, which opened at Stanford +2.5, now sits at +1.5 based on the public bet heavily skewing Stanford.

I expect a sound performance by Alabama, showing improvement from game one. Stanford will have to score quick and often to be able to keep up with the high-powered Tide, who will want to play at their fast pace and maintain momentum throughout the game.

My Prediction: Alabama 82-74

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