Men's Basketball to Face Tennessee In Knoxville

Feb. 4, 2011

Alabama Basketball Preview - at Tennessee
Alabama (14-7, 6-1 SEC) at Tennessee (15-7, 5-2 SEC)
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Date Feb. 5 | 4 p.m. CST
Location Knoxville, Tenn. | Thompson-Boling Arena
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Game Notes Alabama Notes | Tennessee Notes
All-time Series UA, 72-65
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team begins a two-game road trip through the Volunteer State on Saturday when it faces Tennessee in Knoxville. Saturday's game will tip off at 4 p.m. CST with the contest being televised regionally on Fox Sports South and on radio courtesy of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

The Crimson Tide has won nine of its last 10 games after defeating Mississippi State, 75-61, on Wednesday evening to improve to 14-7 overall and a Southeastern Conference best 6-1 in league play. UA is 2-1 in SEC road games this season but will face a Tennessee squad that has won three straight league games to improve to 5-2 in the SEC and 15-7 overall.

"They've got very good personnel and obviously a very good system." UA head coach Anthony Grant said of Tennessee. "We've got to try to put our players in a position where they can do a good job on defense and then find a way to have some success offensively."

That defense has surrendered just 57.0 points per game, the fifth-best average in the nation and has held all 21 opponents and all seven SEC foes to an average of just 0.83 points per possession, the top mark in the nation. Additionally, opponents are converting on just 36.3 percent of their field goals, the second-best percentage in the nation.

Offensively, UA has averaged 72.5 points per game in the last two outings thanks in large part to forwards JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell's combined 72 points in the last two games. The pair has helped UA hold a 16.5 rebound advantage in those games and maintain the team's season-long streak of outscoring opponents in the paint.

"Most coaches would tell you they want to play inside-to-out and we're the same," Grant said. "We try to establish our inside game and once you can do that it opens up opportunities on the perimeter."

Tennessee, which is averaging 73.0 points per game this season has not lost at home since Jan. 11 and is averaging 18,220 fans per game at home. However the Tide anticipates being prepared to play surrounded by orange.

"Our guys have been in some hostile situations and we know Tennessee has one of the highest attendance figures in the league and they're going to support their team," Grant said. "We've got to be focused and locked in to what we have to do between the lines."

Alabama leads the all-time series with the Volunteers by a 72-65 margin and won the last meeting in Knoxville, 70-67, in the 2008-09 regular-season finale.

Following Saturday's game, the Tide will face Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.