Alabama Basketball Preview -
Alabama (10-3) at Georgia Tech (7-6)
Jan. 3 | 8 p.m. CST
Atlanta, Ga. | Philips Arena
Jan. 2, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's basketball team opens up the 2012 portion of its schedule at Georgia Tech on Tuesday. The contest, staged at Atlanta's Philips Arena, is scheduled for an 8 p.m. CST start on ESPNU and the radio affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
The game is UA's final non-conference game of the season before opening SEC play on Jan. 7 against Georgia and the team's second true road game of the season.
"They're a very talented team when you look at the individual personnel," UA head coach Anthony Grant said of Georgia Tech. "They've got several guys in double figure scoring and a variety of guys capable of having huge scoring nights. Coming off two losses we expect them to be very excited playing at home and motivated to get a win. Our mindset has got to be come out and understand what we've got to do, both offensively and defensively, to put ourselves in the best position to win."
In its last outing, UA handled Jacksonville, 72-55, thanks to a 10-0 run to open the second half after a tightly contested first half. That win was UA's second without the benefit of All-SEC forward JaMychal Green who missed his second straight contest with a shoulder injury and remains day-to-day heading into the Georgia Tech game.
Georgia Tech is 7-6 this season and 4-2 in home games split between its two off campus homes this season. The Yellow Jackets have suffered two straight losses falling to Mercer at home and most recently at Fordham, 72-66, on Dec. 29. The squad is led by Glenn Rice's 13.2 points per game on 50 percent shooting with 7.1 rebounds per game. Mfon Udofia also adds 10.4 points per game with a team-high 32 assists.
Tech will face a defense that remains among the best in nation by allowing just 56.2 points per game on 36.1 percent shooting. Only four of UA's opponents have even reached the 60-point mark this season and three have failed to score 50 points.
Sophomore point guard Trevor Releford has led Alabama in the last two games with 19 and 18-point performances. He has added seven assists and eight steals and converted on 13-of-19 shots from the field in those two games.