Men's Basketball Returns Home to Host Southeastern Louisiana

Dec. 14, 2010

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Alabama (4-5) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (5-2)
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Date December 15 | 8 p.m.
Location Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Coleman Coliseum
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The University of Alabama men’s basketball team returns home for the first time in two weeks to host Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday evening at Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. with the contest being broadcast by CSS and streamed online via

Tickets for Wednesday’s contest are available at the special holiday break price of $8. Also, as part of the NCAA’s annual Take a Kid to a Game promotion, youth tickets are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The Crimson Tide returns to its home court with a 4-5 record after suffering losses at No. 22/18 Purdue and Providence in its last two outings. The Tide is a perfect 4-0 at home this season and has outscored its home opponents by an average of 26.5 points per game.

Southeastern Louisiana travels to Tuscaloosa with a 5-2 record after defeating Southern, 85-77, on the road on Saturday. Wednesday’s game is the Lions’ third straight on the road where the team is currently 2-2.

SLU is the second high-scoring offense the Tide has faced as the team is averaging 80.7 points per game and has scored 90 or more points in three of its games this season.

“For us, we try to take a lot of pride in being a team that can defend,” Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said of facing the Lions’ offense. “We’ve been challenged in a variety of ways this year and if nothing else we’ve gotten some experience through the course of the year. I would hope our team would come out and take the challenge to do a good a job on defense.”

Of Alabama’s nine opponents this season, only two have scored 70 or more points and all nine have turned the ball over at a higher rate than their season average against the Tide’s defense.

SLU’s Trent Hutchin will test the Tide’s perimeter defense as he leads SLU with 18.1 points per game and is one of the top three-point threats in the nation converting on 50 percent of his 44 three-point attempts this season. Under the basket, David Ndoumba is the team’s biggest interior presence with 10.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

For the Tide, Tony Mitchell aims to continue his solid streak as the sophomore averaged 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds the last four games with a pair of double-doubles. During that four-game stretch he has played a team-high 132 minutes (33.0 mpg) and 15 of his 43 rebounds have come off the offensive glass.

Wednesday’s meeting is the fourth in the series with the Tide having won the previous three, all in Coleman Coliseum. The last time the Lions visited Coleman Coliseum resulted in a 63-61 overtime victory for the Tide on Dec. 1, 2007.