Alabama Basketball Preview - Alabama at Auburn
Alabama (15-7, 4-4 SEC) at Auburn (13-10, 3-6 SEC)
Feb. 7 | 8 p.m.
Auburn, Ala. | Auburn Arena
Feb. 6, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's basketball team returns to the road to face in-state Southeastern Conference rival Auburn in the first of two meetings between the programs this season. Tipoff at Auburn Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. CST on ESPNU and the radio affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
The Crimson Tide visits the Plains with a 15-7 overall record and a 4-4 record in SEC play after a thrilling, 69-67, double-overtime win against Mississippi on Saturday. Auburn returns home, where it is 12-1 this season, after playing three of its last four games on the road to amass a 13-10 overall mark and a 3-6 record in the SEC.
"They're doing a really good job defensively and mixing up their defenses," UA head coach Anthony Grant said of Auburn. "Their defense has been able to create offense for them and they have a variety of guys that can really score the basketball. They've only lost one game at home so, it will be a challenge to go in there and come out with a win."
The Crimson Tide will again count on its defense if it is to be successful in becoming the second team to win at Auburn this season. That defense has limited opponents to 58.3 points per game on 37.6 shooting. Trevor Releford has led that effort of late with five steals, including two critical swipes in overtime against Mississippi.
Offensively, he has led Alabama in scoring in six of the last 11 games and is averaging 13.7 points per game on 60-of-109 shooting (10-of-30 from three-point) with 32 assists during that span. Inside, JaMychal Green paces the Tide with 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game after recording his 24th career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Auburn, which has averaged 58.6 points per game in its SEC games, is led by Kenny Gabriel's 12.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Frankie Sullivan is next in scoring with 12.1 points per outing. That pair, combined with Varez Ward, scored 62 of Auburn's 88 points in its 91-88 loss at MSU.
Following the contest at Auburn, Alabama will remain on the road to face LSU on Saturday at 6 p.m. CST in Baton Rouge, La.