Alabama Basketball Preview - Alabama at Mississippi
Alabama (20-9, 9-6 SEC) at Mississippi (17-12, 7-8 SEC)
March 3 | 3 p.m.
Oxford, Miss. | Tad Smith Coliseum
March 2, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's basketball team ends the 2011-12 regular season Saturday afternoon at Mississippi. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. on SEC Network outlets and on the radio affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
The Crimson Tide has won seven of its last nine games and four straight to improve to 20-9 on the season and 9-6 in SEC action. The winning streak has helped the Tide record its second straight 20-win season and the 26th in the program's history.
In the first meeting between the two programs, UA edged Mississippi, 69-67, in double overtime at Coleman Coliseum behind a 16-point, 12-rebound performance from JaMychal Green.
"We've got a tough game on the road against Ole Miss," UA head coach Anthony Grant said of Saturday's game. "It was a challenging double-overtime game the last time we played them. We've got to be prepared for it to be a very emotional game with it being `Senior Night' at their place and a lot on the line right now."
The Tide is 3-4 in SEC road games and 8-6 away from campus this season. But Mississippi returns home after rallying to beat Arkansas, 77-75, on Tuesday for its second straight win. UM is 17-12 overall this season, 7-8 in the SEC and 11-2 at home. Florida and Vanderbilt are the only two teams to win at Tad Smith Coliseum this season.
UA's defense has held its last two opponents to 99 combined points and remains one of the top in the nation by allowing a just 57.8 points per game this season, the ninth best average in the nation and the best in the SEC. Only 11 of UA's 29 opponents have even reached the 60-point mark in regulation this season and five have failed to score 50 points.
In its 15 SEC games to date, UA has been led in scoring by six different players. On Wednesday against Auburn, Green led the Tide with his 25th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win. In the last three games, Rodney Cooper has averaged 10.7 points on 51.9 percent shooting and 44.4 percent from the arc and the freshman has averaged 10.7 points per game on the road in the SEC with his top two games of the season coming away from Tuscaloosa.
Terrence Henry leads Mississippi with 12.4 points per game while Murphy Holloway averages 11.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Following Saturday, both teams will begin postseason play at the SEC Tournament in New Orleans with the date and opponent to be determined after the conclusion of the final weekend of conference play.