Men's Hoops Back On Road To Take On Streaking Georgia

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Sophomore guard Levi Randolph scored 10 points in the win over LSU on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Levi Randolph scored 10 points in the win over LSU on Saturday.

Feb. 11, 2013


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team will play its fourth road game in its last six contests when it travels to Athens, Ga., to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday night. The match-up is set to tipoff at 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET) and will be televised on ESPNU.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of going on the road again,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “Georgia is obviously playing very good basketball right now having won their last five games. They are a very efficient team on both ends of the floor so it will be a great challenge for our guys.”

The Crimson Tide (15-8, 7-3 SEC) enter the game in a tie for third overall in the most recent SEC standings, and have won seven of its last nine games coming into Tuesday’s contest. Most recently, the Tide captured a 60-57 victory over LSU on Saturday night, as sophomore forward Nick Jacobs led the charge with 15 points off the bench. Junior guard Trevor Releford added 12 points, while sophomore guards Rodney Cooper and Levi Randolph had 10.

It marked the eighth straight game that UA has held the opposition to under 60 points in a game, and the 15th time in 23 games this year that the Tide has achieved the feat. Alabama owns a record of 11-4 when holding opponents to under 60 points on the year.

Releford comes into the Georgia game as the team’s top scorer. A preseason All-SEC honoree, Releford ranks sixth in the league in scoring at 14.9 ppg. He also tops the squad in steals per game (2.0) and free throw shooting (.848), and ranks second on the team in assists (2.4 apg) and three-point shooting (39.1 percent).

Sophomore guard Trevor Lacey is second on the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game. Coming into Tuesday’s contest, Lacey tops the team in three-point percentage (.402), threes made (41) and attempted (102) and assists (3.4 apg).

Combined, the duo of Releford and Lacey contribute 26.8 points per game, or approximately 43 percent of the team's 62.6 points per game.

Meanwhile, Cooper also averages double figures with 10.6 ppg and has reached double digits in three straight contests. He leads the team in offensive rebounding (2.1 orpg), rebounds per game (4.4) and total field goals attempted (217).

Georgia (12-11, 6-4) is one of the hotter teams in the SEC entering Tuesday’s match-up vs. Alabama. The Bulldogs have won five straight games, three of which have come on the road, and have secured victories in six of its last seven SEC games.

Leading the way for Georgia is sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Pope, who is vying for SEC Player of the Year honors, tops the Bulldogs in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (6.3 ppg), steals (2.3 spg), field goals made (131) and attempted (285), threes made (56) and attempted (148) and free throw percentage (.808) coming into Tuesday night’s contest. He also ranks among the league leaders in scoring (2nd), steals (2nd), threes made per game (2nd, 2.4), three-point percentage (4th) and minutes per game (3rd, 33.4).

The next highest scorer on the Bulldogs’ roster is sophomore forward Nemanja Djurisic (7.7 ppg), while freshman guard Charles Mann leads the team in assists (2.9 apg), while adding 6.2 points a game.

Tuesday night’s contest will mark the 139th meeting in series history, placing the Bulldogs in a tie for the sixth-most common opponent in UA program history (Kentucky). The Tide owns a 91-47 lead in the all-time series coming into Tuesday night’s contest. The Crimson Tide has claimed three straight meetings and four of the last five games against the Bulldogs.

 The contest can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart and Bryan Passink on the call. Fans can follow the in-game action with live tweets on the team's official Twitter page @AlabamaMBB.