Alabama Basketball Preview - Alabama vs. Tennessee
Alabama (16-9, 5-6 SEC) vs. Tennessee (14-12, 6-5 SEC)
Feb. 18 | 12:47 p.m.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Coleman Coliseum
No tickets available for sale
Feb. 17, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's basketball team remains at home to host Tennessee in a Southeastern Conference matinee Saturday afternoon in Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:47 p.m. and will be broadcast by the SEC Network and radio affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
All available tickets for the contest have been sold by the Alabama athletic ticket office to give the Crimson Tide what should be another raucous home crowd in Coleman Coliseum where the Tide has won 29 of its last 32 games. Challenging the Tide's home-court advantage will be a Tennessee squad that is one of the hottest in the Southeastern Conference with four straight wins to improve to 14-12 overall and 6-5 in the SEC.
"I am very impressed with the way they [Tennessee] seem to have really bought in on the defensive side of the ball," UA head coach Anthony Grant of the Volunteers. "They're playing outstanding defense and are shooting the ball extremely well. Their frontcourt is probably one of the more physical frontcourts in our league."
The Crimson Tide has dropped back-to-back games to own a 16-9 overall record and a 5-6 record in SEC play. In its last outing, a 61-52 home loss to Florida, UA was without the services of a pair of suspended starters in JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell. Neither are expected to be back in uniform for Saturday.
UT has scored 69 or more points in each of its last four games and will face an Alabama defense that remains one of the top in the nation by allowing just 58.4 points per game this season, the 11th best average in the nation and the second best in the SEC.
Offensively, UA's bench has stepped up with the reserves averaging 28.2 points in the four games prior to the LSU game. Against Florida, UA held a 23-0 advantage in bench points and UA's bench has outscored its opponents' reserves in each of the last six games.
In that game against Florida, Andrew Steele returned to the lineup and matched a career high with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with three assists to lead the Tide. Charles Hankerson, Jr. added nine bench points while Levi Randolph pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.
Tennessee is paced by Trae Golden's 13.1 points per game while Jeronne Maymone adds 12 points and a team best 7.9 rebounds per game.
Following Saturday's game, the Tide will take to the road to face Arkansas in the second meeting between the two programs this season on Feb. 23.