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Bring on the PodCats with The Tuscaloosa News’ Brett Hudson

Kansas State won’t be getting any sort of break in year’s Big 12/SEC challenge when the Cats travel to Alabama on Saturday.

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NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Alabama
Point guard Kira Lewis is the SEC leader in minutes per game and the man that makes everything go for Alabama’s high-octane offense.
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Given the way this season is going for Kansas State, it only makes sense the Wildcats would face Alabama right as the Crimson Tide are getting healthy and finding their stride. Tuscaloosa News beat writer Brett Hudson explains why Alabama’s uptempo offense is so difficult to slow down and how they’re averaging more than 83 points per game. Short answer? They’re playing Houston Rockets basketball with a bunch of athletic and accurate shooters.

That style change comes from the splashy hiring of former Buffalo coach Nate Oats, who is so far achieving the difficult goal of getting Alabama fans interested in basketball. We’ll discuss how Kansas State’s much slower tempo could clash with the Crimson Tide and players like Kira Lewis Jr. and John Petty Jr., who have turned the Crimson Tide into a formidable force, as evidenced by a 3-2 start to SEC play with close losses at Kentucky and Florida (in 2OT).

Stick around until the end and you’ll hear Brett’s thoughts about the Super Bowl and Tua Tagovailoa’s NFL future, plus an unexpected softball diversion. You can follow Brett on Twitter at Brett_Hudson and read his work at

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