Men's Basketball Shoots for an SEC Title at No. 14 Florida

Feb. 28, 2011

Alabama Basketball Preview - at No. 14 Florida
Alabama (19-9, 11-3 SEC) at Florida (22-6, 11-3 SEC)
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Date March 1 | 6 p.m. CST
Location Gainesville, Fla. | O'Connell
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All-time Series UA, 73-57
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's basketball team aims to clinch at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title on Tuesday evening when it faces Eastern Division champion Florida. Tipoff in Gainesville, Fla., is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST with the contest being televised by ESPNU and broadcast on radio via the affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

Alabama, the SEC Western Division champion, plays its final road game of the season after racking up 14 wins in its last 17 outings to post an 11-3 league mark and a 19-9 overall record. In addition to the championship implications, the game will also mark the return of Alabama head coach Anthony Grant to the O'Connell Center where he served as an assistant with the Gators for 10 seasons.

"From a strength standpoint, they have great team chemistry and great leadership," Grant said of Tuesday's opponent. "They have five starters back and are a team that's very experienced. From an offensive standpoint, they pose a lot of problems with both their perimeter and post."

Tuesday's game will also feature the top two scoring defenses in the SEC with Alabama surrendering 58.2 points per game, the fifth-lowest average in the nation, while the Gators give up just 62.2 points per game.

Florida has a matching 11-3 record in the SEC and is coming off a 76-68 loss at Kentucky on Saturday for just its sixth loss in 28 games this season.

JaMychal Green leads Alabama into Gainesville after scoring 17 points in Saturday's loss at Mississippi and the junior is posting 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season.

He and the Alabama defense will have its hands full as four of Florida's starters are averaging in double-figures with 6-10 Chandler Parsons providing 11.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point range.

"I can't think of anybody quite as diverse as him with his size," Grant said of Parsons. "He can shoot  the ball and stretch the defense and then with his ability to pass and drive the ball. He impacts the game in a lot of different ways."

Following Tuesday's game, the Tide will return home to close out the regular season on Saturday against Georgia at 12:30 p.m. A very limited number of tickets remain for Saturday's contest at Coleman Coliseum.