Jan. 12, 2013
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Alabama and Tennessee's contest on Saturday was the first of two match-ups during the month of January. The Crimson Tide and Volunteers will meet again late this month in Knoxville, Tenn. on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. CT.
Saturday's game will mark the 140th meeting on the hardwood between the two schools, which ranks as the fifth-most common opponent in UA program history. The Tide now owns a 75-65 edge in the series following the 68-65 win. That also includes a 43-17 record in games played in Tuscaloosa and a 26-8 mark when playing UT in Coleman Coliseum. Alabama has now won three-straight games in the series.
Alabama trailed, 28-24, and ended up outscoring Tennessee, 44-37, in the second half in the 68-65 win. It was the second time this year that the Crimson Tide has won a game after trailing at halftime (2-4).
Junior guard Trevor Releford did not have a field goal in the first half, going 0-for-3 from the floor. However, he turned that around in the second half, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.
Part of the reason that Alabama defeated Tennessee was its free throw shooting down the stretch. The Crimson Tide connected on a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes.
Alabama finished the second half shooting 62.5 percent from the floor (15-of-24) en route to the victory. It was the best shooting half in terms of field goal percentage for UA this season.
Senior guard Andrew Steele matched his season high with 11 points off the bench to go along with a season-best four steals. In fact, in the final five minutes, the senior from Birmingham, Ala. had six points, three steals and an assist to lead Alabama to the win.
Saturday's contest marked the 2,498th game in program history. Alabama will be playing its 2,500th game on Jan. 19, 2013 when it hosts Texas A&M.