Monday, December 06, 2004
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It’s “Crimson in the Capital” as the No. 18 (AP) ranked University of Alabama basketball team travels to Montgomery for the first time in decades to play a regular season game against the Alabama State Hornets. Alabama State, 1-3, is hosting Alabama, 6-1, on Tuesday, December 7 in the Joe L. Reed Acadome. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our guys,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried. “It’s an in-state game, on the road, which doesn’t happen very often. Our guys need to challenge themselves to get ready to play after a kind of emotional type of win in Charlotte and get their minds shifted toward Alabama State, get the last game behind us. That’s where we need to be mentally. So it’s an opportunity for us to go on the road and hopefully play a little better than we did the other night and keep improving.”
The game will be a fun one for Alabama’s players who are from near that area, particularly starting forward Chuck Davis who is from Selma.
“I know a few people on the Alabama State team and they’ve been calling and we’ve been talking about it, so it’s going to be a fun game,” said Davis. “I have a teammate (from Southside High School) who plays for them by the name of George Savage who is a good player. We talk a lot. He’s been telling me how well they’ve been doing, and I congratulate him and he congratulates me when we have fun games. So it’s going to be a fun competitive game for me.”
Davis also likes playing close to home, though Selma is close to both Tuscaloosa and Montgomery.
“When I’m playing close to home, I have a lot of family there. I have a lot of friends who go to Alabama State, so it’ll be a game that people can talk about and we’ll all get to see each other. It’s a fun time.”