Alabama Basketball Preview - No. 12 Alabama vs. Georgetown
Alabama (7-0) vs. Georgetown (5-1)
Dec. 1 | 8:30 p.m. CST
Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Coleman Coliseum
ESPN2 | ESPN3
Nov. 30, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 12 University of Alabama men's basketball team closes out a three-game homestand on Thursday evening when it hosts Georgetown in the Big East/SEC Challenge. The contest will be televised on ESPN2 and carried via radio on the affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network with a scheduled 8:30 p.m. CST tipoff.
The Crimson Tide is 7-0 this season and 4-0 at home where it has won 24 straight games dating back to 2010 while Georgetown is 5-1 on the season after handling IUPUI, 81-58, on Monday evening. The Hoyas are receiving votes in both polls.
"Georgetown is a very talented team that is off to great start with some very good personnel and a very good system," Grant said of Thursday's opponent. "They're a very dangerous offensive team with a lot of weapons from the perimeter and in the post they have great size."
Thursday's game is the fifth meeting between the two programs but the first on a home court. The Tide and Hoyas last met in the 2007 Big East/SEC Challenge in Birmingham with Georgetown winning 70-60 to even the series at 2-2.
The Tide's defense has retained its status as one of the top in the nation by allowing just 52.6 points per game this season, the eighth best average in the nation. Only two of UA's opponents have even reached the 60-point mark this season and three have failed to score 50 points. Additionally, UA's seven opponents have converted on just 32 percent of their field goal attempts, the third lowest average in the nation.
However, on Thursday the Hoyas bring an offense has scored 80 or more points in its last three games and is averaging 82 points per game to rank 24th in scoring offense this season.
UA is led by JaMychal Green who returned from a hip pointer injury on Sunday to score a season-high 21 points with 14 rebounds. Sixteen of his points came in the second half to help the Tide preserve the 72-64 win over VCU. Green's 22nd career double-double helped him improve his team-best season averages to 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
Jason Clark leads Georgetown with 17 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting from the field with 14 three-pointers in six games. Hollis Thompson paced the Hoyas in the win over IUPUI with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He is averaging 14.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season.
Tickets for Thursday's game are $14 for adults and $8 for youths. They may be ordered online at www.rolltide.com/tickets where fans are encouraged to use the convenient print at home feature for their online ticket orders.
Fans may also call (205) 348-2262, or toll free at 1-877-TIDETIX. The Athletic Ticket Office in Coleman Coliseum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours for phone orders are through 8 p.m. on weekdays.