Postgame Notes from Alabama's first round NIT win
March 19, 2013
Alabama improved its all-time NIT record to 22-14 in the event. The 22 victories gives the Tide the most NIT victories among SEC schools, surpassing South Carolina's 21 wins in NIT play.
Junior guard Trevor Releford finished with season-high tying five steals to go along with nine points and five rebounds in the win. He now has 66 steals for the season, which is a personal high. In addition, his 66 steals ranks as the fourth-most in a season in UA history, just behind Antoine Pettway's 67 steals during the 2003-04 campaign.
UA improves to 15-3 at home this season and has now won 11 consecutive games at Coleman Coliseum. The Tide has also captured seven straight home wins in the NIT.
With the win, Alabama improves to 2-0 all-time when facing Northeastern. The Tide won the only other game played between the two teams on the hardwood, taking an 88-73 victory on Dec. 4, 1979 in Coleman Coliseum.
For the 11th time this season, Alabama held the opposition to under 50 points in a game, keeping Northeastern to 43 points on the night. The Tide improves to 10-1 this year when holding opponents to 50 or fewer points in a game.
Alabama has held 22 of its 34 opponents this season to under 60 points in a game. The Tide has a record of 18-4 when achieving the feat. In four seasons under head coach Anthony Grant, UA has held teams to 60 or fewer points a total of 74 times, going 61-13 (.824).
UA controlled the paint, outscoring Northeastern 36-14 in points in the paint. The 36 points were the second-highest output by the Crimson Tide in the category this season (had 38 at Mississippi State on Jan. 16.
Alabama owned a 37-27 rebounding advantage over Northeastern en route to Tuesday night's win. It was the 12th time this year UA has out-rebounded the competition, moving to 9-3 when achieving the feat. In addition, the plus-10 rebounding marking was the third-largest of the year for the Crimson Tide.
The Crimson Tide had a 13-8 edge on the offensive glass, which resulted in an impressive 15-2 edge in second chance points.
Northeastern attempted 12 free throws compared to 10 free throw attempts for the Tide. It marks just the second time this season that Alabama has won a game when the opponent has attempted more free throws than the UA (2-9).
Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey is the only player to have started every game on the year.