Postgame Notes from the Alabama-Georgia Basketball Game
March 9, 2013
Alabama and Georgia met for the 140th time on the hardwood, which will be the sixth-most games UA has played against any one opponent. The Crimson Tide owns a 93-47 lead in the series and improves to 51-12 when playing the Bulldogs at home and 25-10 against Georgia in Coleman Coliseum.
A special celebration for 100 years of basketball at Alabama took place at halftime of Saturday's Alabama-Georgia game, and was presented by Alabama Power and Legacy Credit Union. Over 100 former players, coaches and staff were recognized during halftime.
Trevor Releford's halfcourt buzzer beater was the fourth game-winning shot for the Crimson Tide this season, and the first such game-winner of his career. Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey hit game-winning shots against South Dakota State (11/9) and at Vanderbilt (2/2). Sophomore guard Rodney Cooper also has a game-winning shot against Oregon State (11/15).
With the victory, the Tide captured its 20th win of the season (20-11). It marks the third consecutive year that head coach Anthony Grant has led the Tide to at least 20 victories. It is the first time that has occurred since Wimp Sanderson led the Tide to three straight 20-win campaigns in 1990, 91 and 92 - a span of 20 years.
Trevor Releford recorded his sixth straight game in double figures, finishing with 19 points in the contest. Over the six-game stretch, Releford is averaging 20.0 points per game, while shooting a stellar 56.8 percent (42-of-74) from the floor and 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from beyond the arc - all of which are team highs over the stretch.
Sophomore guard Nick Jacobs closed with 11 points, which marked his fifth consecutive double-figure scoring game. He also led the Tide with five rebounds, which is the seventh time this season he has led UA on the glass.
Alabama attempted the same number of free throws as Georgia en route to the 61-58 victory. As a result, the Crimson Tide improves to 19-3 this season and 12-0 in SEC play when shooting the same amount or more free throws than the opposition. When the opposite occurs, UA is 1-8 overall and 0-6 in league play.
Alabama finished with nine steals in the win over Georgia and improves to 17-3 this season when recording eight or more steals in a game.
Trevor Releford finished with three steals for the contest and now has 62 steals for the season. It marks this third consecutive season the junior guard has recorded at least 60 steals during a campaign. His 62 steals on the year rank him sixth among the program's single-season steal leaders.
The Crimson Tide had a 16-6 advantage in points-off-turnovers, forcing the Bulldogs into 16 miscues in the contest. It is the 21st game this season that UA has either outscored or matched the opposition in the category. The Tide improves to 17-5 when recording more points-off-turnovers in a game.
Alabama finished with a season-low six assists in the contest.
Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey is the only player to have started every game on the year.