Alabama Men's Basketball Set to Host Troy
Nov. 14, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's basketball team will try to improve to 2-0 on the young season when it hosts Troy on Monday evening in Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff for the third ever meeting between the two programs is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Both teams opened their respective seasons on Friday with wins as the Crimson Tide defeated Florida A&M, 76-37, while the Trojans handled Huntingdon, 100-59. Last season, the Trojans posted a 20-13 record and earned a berth in the NIT while the Tide is looking to build off a 17-15 season in 2009-10
"I know Troy has a lot of new faces, but I'm really impressed with their system." Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said. "From an offensive standpoint, they'll challenge us in how we defend. They're very similar to us in terms of the pace they want to play at. They're going to attack and try to play in transition. They're a team that plays a lot of zone so we have to make sure we do a good job of being patient offensively and work the ball inside-to-out."
Helping Grant stretch that zone out will be senior sharpshooter Charvez Davis who returned to the lineup on Friday after missing several weeks following hernia repair surgery. Davis, who converted on 41 percent of this three-point attempts in 2009-10 drained three three-pointers in the opener and finished with 11 points.
In that opening win, the Tide was paced by preseason All-SEC selection JaMychal Green who poured in 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds in 18 minutes. Green has traditionally started out the season strong, averaging 14.6 points and 8.2 points in the first two games of each of his seasons at UA.
Troy had five players score in double-figures in its opener with Vernon Taylor's 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting leading the way. DeAndrae Ross should provide a test for the Tide's perimeter defense as he went 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range to score 17 points in that contest.
Troy's head coach, Don Maestri, is in his 29th season with the Trojans and has 478 career wins. Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Troy, he was an assistant at UA under Wimp Sanderson from 1980-82. Maestri has returned twice to the Capstone, losing both times with the most recent meeting coming during the 2007-08 season.