Jan. 19, 2013
Final Stats |
Saturday's contest vs. Texas A&M was the 2,500th game in UA program history. Alabama's first year was the 1912-13 season. The Crimson Tide, celebrating its 100th year of men's hoops this year, finished that season with a 7-4 record.
The contest vs. Texas A&M was the lone meeting between the two schools during the regular season.
Saturday's game marked the 10th meeting on the hardwood between the two schools. The Tide now owns a 7-3 edge in the all-time series. The Crimson Tide's victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Aggies. Alabama improved to 3-1 record when playing Texas A&M at Coleman Coliseum.
Senior guard Andrew Steele plays a key factor for Alabama this season. The lone senior on this year's team missed seven games (late Nov. through month of Dec.) recovering from a sports hernia. Over that span, the Tide went 2-5. However, UA is now 9-1 when Steele has suited up this season, with the lone defeat coming at then-No. 10 Missouri (Jan. 8).
Junior guard Trevor Releford returned to action from an ankle injury (he missed the Mississippi State game) vs. Texas A&M. Releford started slow and finished 0-of-2 without a point in the first half. However, he scored all 15 of his points in the second half on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor in the win.
Alabama's bench outscored its counterparts, 26-6, in the victory. The Crimson Tide reserves were led by Releford (15) and Nick Jacobs (8), who combined for 23 of the reserves' 26 points.
Alabama trailed by 11 points, but outscored Texas A&M, 35-23, en route to the victory. In the second half of Alabama's last three games, the Tide is shooting a combined 62.7 percent (47-of-75) in the second half, which includes a season-best for a half of 67.9 percent in the win at Mississippi State. Over the three-game span, the Tide has outscored the competition by an average of 14.3 points in the final 20 minutes.
Trevor Lacey hit the game-winning 15-foot jump shot with nine second left in the contest. Prior to hitting that jumper, Lacey was 0-of-7 from two-point range (4-of-6 from beyond the arc). He finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting and led the team with six rebounds, five assists and three blocks.
Texas A&M came into today's game leading the SEC in three-point shooting. However, the Alabama defense held the Aggies to 18.2-percent shooting from beyond the arc (2-of-11). For the season, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to just 31.3 percent shooting from three-point range.
Alabama finished with 10 steals in the contest, including nine steals in the second half along. This season, the Tide is 10-1 this season when recording at least eight steals in a contest.
The victory today marked the first win by any Alabama team over Texas A&M team since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference prior to the 2012-13 season.