Men's Basketball to Host No. 23 Mississippi State on CBS

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Chris Hines looks to follow up his career-high nine points on Tuesday with another strong showing.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM
Chris Hines looks to follow up his career-high nine points on Tuesday with another strong showing.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Jan. 22, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men’s basketball team plays the second of three consecutive games at home on Saturday afternoon when it welcomes long-time rival Mississippi State to Coleman Coliseum for the 183rd installment of the two teams’ rivalry. Tipoff between the Crimson Tide and the No. 23 Bulldogs is scheduled for 11 a.m. on CBS.

Game 19 |  Alabama (11-7, 1-3 SEC) vs. No. 23 Mississippi State (15-3, 3-0 SEC)
 Date Saturday, January 23 | 11 a.m. CST
 Location Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Coleman Coliseum
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 All-Time Series Alabama leads 111-71

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Mississippi State, which has had a week to prepare for the contest, comes to Tuscaloosa ranked 23rd in the AP poll with a 15-3 overall record and sterling 3-0 mark in SEC play. On the other bench, Alabama stands at 11-7 on the season and 1-3 in SEC games after falling to No. 8 Tennessee, 63-56, at home on Tuesday in its third consecutive loss. MSU is the fifth ranked team Alabama has faced this season. The Crimson Tide is 1-3 against the previous ranked opponents with a win over then-No. 15 Michigan.

“When you look at the success they've had throughout the course of the year, they appear to be playing very good basketball as well,” said Alabama head coach Anthony Grant. “We’ve had two of the premier teams in our conference coming into our building this week (in No. 8 Tennessee and MSU). We're looking forward to gauging where we are at as team.”

Both teams boast strong defenses with MSU holding opponents to 61.2 points per game on 36.7 percent shooting while the Tide has held five of its last six opponents to less than 40 percent from the field.

JaMychal Green will have little time to rest after posting his fourth double-double of the season and 11th of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday’s loss to Tennessee. The sophomore will have to face reigning SEC Player of the Week Jarvis Varnado who averages 14.1 points, 11.2 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game this season and is just 45 blocks shy of becoming the NCAA’s all-time leading shot blocker.

On the perimeter, the Tide will be charged with keeping the SEC’s second most accurate three-point shooter in Ravern Johnson in check. The junior is averaging 13.9 points per game and converting on 47 percent of his three-point attempts.

During halftime of Saturday’s contest fans will be entertained by the musical stylings of the 63 Boyz who will perform their hit single ‘Bama Anthem’ as well as ‘4th Quarter.’ Also available is the Slam Dunk Pack from the athletic ticket office where for only $44 fans receive four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four beverages. The Slam Dunk Pack and all tickets are available online at www.RollTide.com or by calling the UA Athletic Ticket Office at 1.877.TIDETIX.

On Wednesday, the Tide wraps up its current three-game homestand against LSU at 7 p.m.