Against Auburn, Alabama didn’t need star freshman point guard Collin Sexton to pull of a 76-71 win over the previously undefeated Tigers. But with that said, the Tide can’t afford to be without their best player for long.
Sexton is making progress in his return from an abdominal strain, but it’s undecided whether he’ll take the court for the game Saturday against Mississippi State, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein:
Star point guard Collin Sexton is a game-time decision (abdominal strain) for Alabama's game against Mississippi State tonight, per @JonRothstein. Sexton missed last game with the injury. https://t.co/gVP6p4liAn
— FanRag Sports (@FanRagSports) January 20, 2018
Even without Sexton, Alabama would be favored to win this game — KenPom currently projects the Tide to win by 7 — but there is no doubt the potential top-10 pick would swing the game even further in the Tide’s favor.
Should Sexton miss his second consecutive game, coach Avery Johnson will likely rely on his other star freshman, guard John Petty, who put up 27 points in the team’s win against Auburn.