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Alabama Basketball: 3 keys for Final Four NCAA Tournament game against UConn

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Live beyond the three-point line

Short of plane troubles keeping them away from Arizona, there's little that can be done to slow down UConn's high-powered offense. But Alabama has one of the few groups that has a legitimate shot at keeping up with the Huskies.

Alabama is an offensive juggernaut itself. The Crimson Tide average 90.6 points per game, first in the country. That's actually nine points more per game than UConn averages.

The way the Crimson Tide score so many points is by chucking up plenty of three-pointers. At 11.2 three-point makes per game, only North Florida knocks down more long-distance shots per contest. Alabama is also one of four teams in the country this year to attempt more than 30 points per game and has the best percentage of the four, hitting at a 37.1 percent rate.

Alabama has scored at least 89 points in three of its four NCAA Tournament games. It scored exactly that amount in both of its games during the second week of the competition. In the Elite Eight win over Clemson, the Crimson Tide hit 44.4 percent of its threes, 16 in all.

While UConn's offense is diverse and dangerous, it's not quite as explosive. The Huskies scored 91 points in its First Round game against Stetson, but has otherwise only topped 80 points once in its remaining NCAA Tournament games.

UConn's stifling defense will make it hard for Alabama's shooters to get the necessary space. But the Crimson Tide need to keep finding openings and hammering volume from beyond the arc.