Feb. 6, 2011
Recap | Box Score
Player of the Game
Sophomore Tony Mitchell scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting with six rebounds and three blocks in the overtime win at Tennessee. Mitchell was responsible for keeping the Tide in the game in the second half by scoring nine of Alabama’s 17 second-half points. He also added a pair of critical free throws with 1:05 left in overtime to give the Tide a two-possession advantage. In addition to his three blocks on defense, he drew a critical charge with 4:40 left in the contest to give UT’s Tobias Harris his fourth foul of the game.
During his 36 minutes on the court, Alabama outscored Tennessee by 11 and he posted an efficiency rating of 20, his sixth efficiency rating of 20 or higher this season.
The 20-point performance was his second in a row as he matched a previous career high with 23 points against Mississippi State on Wednesday evening. He has now scored in double figures in all but one game this season and is averaging 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on the year.
Play of the Game
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Senario Hillman forced a turnover at the top of the key and drove the ball up the court before dishing to a trailing JaMychal Green for the breakaway dunk. The play capped a 9-0 UA run that gave Alabama a five-point, 19-14, lead in the game.
Turning Point of the Game
The opening minutes of overtime proved to be the difference for the Tide as UA forced three turnovers on Tennessee’s first five possessions of the extra period. On the day, Alabama forced 18 turnovers, tying for Tennessee’s most in an SEC game this season.
Stat of the Game
Despite facing a 15-rebound deficit and a 20-7 shortcoming in offensive boards, Alabama still managed to control scoring around the basket by outscoring the Volunteers 40-34 in the paint. The performance kept UT from becoming the first team this season to outscore the Tide in the paint.
Lineup of the Game
Alabama used 15 different combinations on the floor in Saturday's overtime win with 12 of them outscoring or playing the Vols even. The lineup of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Charvez Davis and Chris Hines was the most productive, outscoring UT 26-14 during the team-high 9:57 they spent together on the court.
Additional Game Notes
- Andrew Steele made his first start of the season and the seventh of his career.
- Senario Hillman’s two steals moved him into a tie for third all-time at UA with 165. He is tied with current UAB head coach Mike Davis. He needs three more steals to join Robert Horry in second.
- Chris Hines matched a career high with five steals. He is averaging 2.5 steals in the last four games.
- Alabama converted on all 10 of its overtime free-throw attempts to improve to 40-of-50 (.800) in pressure free throws this season.
- Tennessee scored just 0.82 points per possession to become the 17th opponent this season to score fewer than one point per possession.
- Tennessee’s .349 shooting from the field matched season low for the Vols.
- UT became the 16th opponent this season to shoot 40 percent or worse against the Tide.
- Alabama had 12 steals, its second most in SEC play this season and the third time UA has had 10 or more steals against an SEC team this season. In the 100 SEC games played this season, there are only 14 games in which a team has recorded 10 or more steals and UA owns a league-high three of those.
- The win improved Alabama to 7-1 in the league, its first 7-1 start since the 2001-02 season, and the seven wins already exceed last season’s SEC win total and ties for UA’s highest total dating back to 2005-06.
- Alabama improved to 3-1 on the road in the SEC, its most league road wins since 2004-05.
- Alabama is now 3-0 against the SEC Eastern Division. The entire Western Division is 8-16 against the East.
Tennessee +/- Report