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Mark Gottfried's Alabama basketball team is coming off an 88-61 loss at Arkansas.
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Mark Gottfried's Alabama basketball team is coming off an 88-61 loss at Arkansas.

No. 13 LSU next for Alabama
Tigers' Davis hurt, but
coach says he'll play

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com 340-2460

TUSCALOOSA — If a wounded tiger is more dangerous that one unhurt, what about a wounded Bengal Tiger?

If so, then No. 14 ranked Alabama will need to watch out for LSU center Glen "Big Baby" Davis when the Tide takes on the No. 13 ranked Tigers on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

According to LSU coach John Brady, Davis was involved in a car accident sometime following LSU's 66-49 victory at home over Connecticut on Saturday. Brady said another car ran a stop sign and plowed into the one that Davis drove, with an impact hard enough to activate Davis' airbags.

While Davis was released from the hospital at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, he was experiencing soreness on his right side and left knee. Davis practiced Sunday and Brady expects him to play Tuesday.

So with Davis definitely in the fold, how does Alabama stop the 6-foot-9, 295-pounder?

"We just have to know where he is on the court," said Richard Hendrix, Alabama's 6-8, 268-pound forward. "We just need to be ready to play and come down to it."

Hendrix covered Davis last season, preventing the LSU forward from burning the Tide too badly. In a 68-57 LSU win in Baton Rouge, Davis had 17 points and six rebounds. In Alabama's 67-62 win in Tuscaloosa, he had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

"He's a strong guy," said Jermareo Davison, Alabama's 6-10, 230-pound center. "So we'll adjust as we go in terms of double teaming. There is no specific way to stop him."

One of the ways Alabama could stop LSU is by using its balance. At one point or another this year, someone else for Alabama has produced a big game.

Earlier in the season Alonzo Gee garnered MVP honors at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, and before the Tide's 88-61 loss at Arkansas, Hendrix had accrued four-straight double-doubles.

"They have a collection of players that you know can beat you, so you have to be aware defensively," Brady said. "Alabama has had different guys at different times score significant points."

The only problem is that Alabama feels it took a step back against Arkansas. Ronald Steele, who has struggled all season by knee and ankle injuries, had trouble keeping up with fleet Arkansas guard Gary Ervin.

Ervin took advantage of Steele's injuries by torching the Tide 18 points and 11 assists.

However, after a lackluster performance against Arkansas, Alabama might have refocused after getting its one bad game out of its system.

"It makes them probably more alert and more aware of what they need to do to win," Brady said. "It certainly didn't help us to come on down on Tuesday night after Arkansas readjusted their mental approach."

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