Opposites clash when Creighton meets Alabama

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 15, 2012
Alabama coach Anthony Grant says his team's identity is its defense. It's what the Crimson Tide used to qualify for its first NCAA tournament since 2006 and what it will rely on against eighth-seeded Creighton on Friday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Alabama boasts the Southeastern Conference' best defense allowing just 58.1 points per game, making their matchup against the explosive Bluejays all the more intriguing. Creighton, led by sophomore forward Doug McDermott, is averaging 80 points per game - seventh-most in the nation. Coach Greg McDermott says the Blue Jays ''haven't seen a team with Alabama's length and athleticism'' in the Missouri Valley Conference. The winner likely has a date Sunday with North Carolina, providing the Tar Heels can get past 16th-seeded Vermont.
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