March 23, 2013
Final Stats |
For the second time in three seasons, Alabama earned the No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament. Two years ago, the Tide was the top seed and made it all the way to the championship game where it fell to Wichita State, 66-57.
With the win over Stanford, Alabama advances to the NIT Quarterfinals, where it will take on the Maryland Terrapins. Game time has been set for 6:30 p.m. CDT (7:30 p.m. EDT) and will be televised on ESPN.
With the 66-54 win over No. 4 seed Stanford on Saturday afternoon, Alabama improved to 23-14 in all-time NIT contests. The 23 victories gives the Tide the most NIT wins among SEC schools, surpassing South Carolina's 21 wins in NIT play.
Alabama and Stanford met for the third time in series history on Saturday. The Crimson Tide now owns a 3-0 lead in the all-time series with its win this afternoon. All three contests have come in postseason play. UA defeated Stanford, 80-75, in the opening round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently, the Tide upended then-No. 1 Stanford, 70-67, in the 2004 NCAA Tournament second round.
Alabama finished the contest shooting 22-of-26 from the charity stripe. In comparison, Stanford finished 8-of-9 from the free throw line. The Tide improves to 21-3 this year when it has the same or more free throw attempts in a game than its opponents.
Alabama improves to 16-3 at home this season and has won 12 consecutive games at Coleman Coliseum.
Alabama has held 23 of its 35 opponents this season to under 60 points in a game. The Tide has a record of 19-4 when achieving the feat. In four seasons under head coach Anthony Grant, UA has held teams to 60 or fewer points a total of 75 times, going 62-13 (.827).
Redshirt freshman Retin Obasohan finished with a career-high 14 points and six boards. He also set a career high for free throws attempted (8) and free throws made (8).
Stanford entered the game as the defending NIT Champions, as the Cardinal defeated Minnesota, 75-51, to claim the 2012 title. Alabama snapped Stanford's six-game win streak in NIT games dating back to last season's championship run.
Alabama has now captured eight straight NIT home victories dating back to the 1996 postseason.
Alabama finished with eight steals in the win over Stanford. The Tide improves to 18-3 on the year when recording at least eight steals in a game.
With a pair steals vs. Stanford, junior guard Trevor Releford now has 68 steals this season, which moves him into third place on the single-season steals list. Releford needs just four steals to move into second place on the all-time list. He is 11 steals behind the all-time single-season record holder Anthony Murray, who finished with 79 steals during the 1977-78 season.
The Tide is now one win away from reaching its seventh NIT semifinals, but has never won an NIT championship. UA has finished runner up in the event on two occasions (2001 and 2011).
Senior guard Andrew Steele missed the contest after undergoing surgery on his right ankle. He will be out the rest of the season. Steele is the lone senior on this year's squad.
Freshman forward Devonta Pollard matched a season-high with eight rebounds to go along with four points and two assists vs. Stanford.
Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey is the only player to have started every game on the year.