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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men's basketball team will hit the road for two of its final three games in the month of January beginning with a trip to Nashville, Tenn., to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday night. The contest, which will be televised on SEC Network, is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. CT.

The Tide and Commodores will play twice this season (Vanderbilt plays at Alabama on March 3 in the final regular season home game), marking the first time since the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons that teams will square off twice in the regular season in consecutive years.

UA swept Vanderbilt last season, taking a 77-67 decision in Nashville on Feb. 9, 2019, followed two weeks later by a 68-61 victory in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 23. It was the Crimson Tide's first back-to-back wins in the series dating back to the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The last time UA won three straight games over Vandy came over 30 years ago when it won seven consecutive in the series from 1984-1987.

The Broadcast

  • Wednesday's game will be televised on SEC Network with Roy Philpott (play-by-play) and Mark Wise (analyst) on the call.
  • The radio broadcast can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play), Bryan Passink (analyst) and Roger Hoover (sideline) on the call. The pregame show will begin one hour prior to tipoff.
Notes You Need To Know

  • The Tide has won eight of its last 11 games following the 88-74 win over Missouri last Saturday night. The three losses over the 11-game stretch have been by a combined 17 points. Two of the three defeats have come against ranked competition while all three coming on the road. UA fell to then-No. 21 Penn State (lost 73-71 after owning a nine-point second half lead), at Florida in double overtime (lost 104-98 despite holding a 21-point first half lead) and at then-No. 14 Kentucky (lost 76-67, within a possession with two minutes remaining).
  • Alabama's John Petty Jr. became just the fifth player in program history to make at least 200 treys for his career (207) and is just 57 treys away from becoming the program's all-time leader in three-pointers made for his career. Moreover, the junior guard needs only seven points to become the 51st UA player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career, and the 32nd to do so in just three years.
  • The Crimson Tide enters Wednesday night's contest ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring offense at 83.5 points per game and is No. 3 in three-point field goals made per game at 10.5. UA also leads the SEC in threes made (179), threes attempted (500) and three-point field goal percentage (.358).
  • Alabama enters Wednesday's game having played the toughest strength of schedule in the SEC. According to the latest KenPom.com rankings (as of 1/20), the Crimson Tide owns the No. 20 overall strength of schedule, which leads the SEC, and the No. 55 non-conference SOS, which ranks second just behind Florida (No. 45).
  • Over the first eight games of the year, Alabama averaged 18.5 turnovers compared to 14.0 assists per game. That equated to a 0.76 assist/turnover ratio. In the last team's last nine games, those numbers have seen a dramatic improvement. Over the span, the Tide is averaging just 12.6 turnovers compared to 14.7 assists – a 1.17 assist/turnover ratio.
  • Alabama set a program record when it scored 90 or more points in five consecutive contests, beginning with a 105-point outing against Samford on Dec. 18 and ended on Jan. 8 vs. Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide went 4-1 during the stretch, with the lone loss coming in double overtime at Florida on Jan. 4 (lost, 104-98). For some perspective, the Tide had just one 90-point game a year ago and have had only 10 total 90-point contests – three of which went into overtime – in the last 12 years dating back to the 2008-09 season.
  • The Crimson Tide has had 11 games of 80 or more points and five games of scoring 90 or more this season. The program record of games of scoring 80 or more points is 17 which was set on three occasions (1986-87, 1978-79 and 1976-77). The 1971-72 team had a school record 12 games of 90 or more points with nine such games occurring in 2001-02 and 1974-75.
About Alabama

  • Four Alabama players average double figures, while six average 8.9 points per game or better through its 17 contests played. Sophomore Kira Lewis Jr. (16.4 ppg) and junior John Petty Jr. (16.3 ppg) are tied atop the squad in scoring average, while ranking sixth and seventh, respectively, among the league's scoring leaders. Combined the duo produces the fourth-highest combined points by any two players on the same team in the SEC (32.7 ppg).
  • Lewis leads the SEC and ranks 10th in the nation in minutes per game (37.2), while also leading UA and ranking among the league leaders in assists (t6th - 4.7 apg) and steals (5th - 1.8 spg). A first-team All-SEC preseason honoree, he also tops the team in field goals made (102) and attempted (237), and is shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 31.6 percent (24-of-76) from beyond the arc.
  • Petty is one of the top three-point shooters in the nation. He ranks second in the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (47.5 percent, 58-of-122) and is third in threes made per game (3.4), while ranking third and 11th, respectively, in the categories nationally. Additionally, he leads the squad and ranks ninth in the conference in rebounding (7.2 rpg) and also tops UA in threes made and attempted while ranking second in steals (1.1 spg) and minutes (34.0 mpg) per game.
  • Freshman Jaden Shackelford and junior Herbert Jones also average in double figures at 12.2 and 10.1 ppg, respectively. Shackelford is second on the team in threes attempted as 109 of 167 field goal attempts – approximately 65 percent – have come from beyond the three-point line. Jones is the team's best defender, leading the team in Blue Collar Points (358.5), Hard Hat Awards (10), charges taken (14), deflections (55) and floor dives (22). Graduate senior Beetle Bolden (8.9 ppg) and junior Alex Reese (9.6 ppg) also contribute on offense.
  • As a team, the Tide has been outrebounded in just five of its 17 games played this year and owns a +2.2 advantage on the glass (41.4-39.2). The 41.4 rebounds per game leads the SEC and is 11th-best in the nation. Alabama has outscored the opposition by +5.9 points (83.5-77.6) and is shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the foul line.
  • Alabama's pace of play ranks among the national leaders as of Jan. 20. The Crimson Tide averages 78.1 possessions per 40 minutes ranks third-best in the country. Furthermore, UA's average possession length on offense is at 15.1 which ranks as the 11th-fastest in the nation.
  • In 17 contests this season, the Tide has posted more than 30 shots from beyond the arc 10 times while Alabama has attempted more than 65 shots from the field in nine separate contests and scored 80 or more points a total of 11 times.
About Vanderbilt

  • Vanderbilt comes into Wednesday night's contest looking for its first league win on the year following a 66-45 home loss to rival Tennessee last Saturday to fall to 8-9 on the year and 0-4 in SEC play. The Commodores finished 0-25 from beyond the arc in the contest snapping their streak of 1,080 consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer. Entering the contest, the Dores were just one of three D-I teams to have made at least one 3 since the inception of the 3-point line in 1986 (UNLV and Princeton).
  • Vandy, which has not won an SEC game since March 3, 2018 (lost 22 straight league contests), lost its leading scorer in Aaron Nesmith indefinitely to a foot injury. At the time of his injury, Nesmith led the conference in scoring (23.0 ppg), three-point field goal percentage (60-of-115, 52.2 percent) and threes made per game (4.3).
  • Junior Saben Lee is averaging 15.2 ppg and leads the team in assists (4.8 apg) and steals (23). Against Tennessee, Lee became the 49th member of Vanderbilt's 1,000-point club and now has 1,011 points for his career. Freshman Scotty Pippen Jr. also averages in double figures at 11.1 ppg, while senior forward Clevon Brown, who has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury and only played nine games this season, averaged 9.0 points and team highs of 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks a game.
  • As a team, Vanderbilt is shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the charity stripe. The Commodores are outscoring the opposition by 1.3 points a game (74.1-72.8).
  • Vandy head coach Jerry Stackhouse is in his first year at the helm of the program. He was announced as the 28th men's basketball head coach in program history on April 8, 2019.
Alabama-Vanderbilt – Series Notes

  • Alabama and Vanderbilt will play for the 141st time in series history when the two teams square off on Wednesday night. It's the ninth-most games against any single opponent in the UA record books. With a series sweep last year, the Crimson Tide now owns a 71-69 edge in the all-time series, including wins in three of the last four games played between the two teams.
  • It's the first of two meetings the rivals will play this season. The squads will face one another in the Crimson Tide's final regular season home contest, which will take place on March 3 inside Coleman Coliseum (7:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network).
  • It marks the second time in two seasons that the rivals will play one another twice – something that has not been done since facing each other twice during the regular season during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 campaigns.
  • Alabama swept Vanderbilt last season, taking a 77-67 decision in Nashville on Feb. 9, 2019, followed two weeks later by a 68-61 victory in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 23. It was the Crimson Tide's first back-to-back wins in the series since doing so in 2013 and 2014. The last time UA won three straight games over Vandy came over 30 years ago when it won seven consecutive in the series from 1984-1987.
  • Sixteen of the last 17 games played between the two teams have been decided by 10 or fewer points, with nine of those contests being decided by five or fewer points.
  • Alabama has a record of 22-44 when playing Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Tide has only won twice at Vanderbilt since 1990 (58-54 on Feb. 2, 2013 and 77-67 last season), going 2-13 in its last 15 games in Memorial Gym.
  • There has been 11 overtime contests in series history, with Vanderbilt winning seven of those games (7-4).
  • The series began during 1923-24 campaign.
 

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No letdowns tonight boys!!!!
 

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IMO.....A road win here would be impressive regardless of Vandy's record, we rarely beat them in Nashville.
 

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These are the games we gotta win. Turning the program initiative around starts with games like this. We freaking handed Florida that win, so we gotta show have learned and takeout a team we are superior to.
 

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Yeap ..... at the end of the season that loss might sting that would have been a huge road win and we gave it away. It would have looked really good on the resume.

I expect us to win tonight Vandy will not lose them all but hopefully we can get out of town before they get their first win.
 
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Petty's threes --> Cue the Joe Dean, Jr. "String music!"

Petty's turnovers...Oyy. Bama's winning. Vandy still hasn't hit a three.
 

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Twenty-point lead with ten minutes left! RTR!
 

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Davis looks like he may have injured a knee.
 

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Sloppy play the last 2 minutes. Down to 14 point lead with 3 minutes left.
 

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I don't get to watch a lot of games and am by no means a basketball expert. In all of the games that I have watched it seems that the Bolden kid drives the lane without a plan and gets himself in trouble a lot. Not sure if this is a product of a new offense or just poor decision making. It is nice to see the Tide putting a thumping on Vandy on their home court.
 

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Happy to win but very lucky with 25 turnovers Vandy is terrible. Need to clean things up.
 

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This is the sloppiest game I have seen in a long time. If Vandy was not so bad this would be a loss. 24+ turnovers and still up by 13 or 14 with a little under minute to play. Good lord they have played sloppy.

Likely end up with a win but they did not take a step forward tonight.
 

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Petty finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds while recording his 1,000th career point in the process

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Alabama men's basketball team earned its first road win against a Southeastern Conference foe, as it captured a 77-62 victory at Vanderbilt on Wednesday night. The 15-point margin of victory was the largest inside Memorial Gymnasium since 1985 and the second-largest win margin at Vanderbilt in series history.

Junior guard John Petty Jr. led the team with a stand out performance, finishing with 23 points and 10 rebounds to earn his fourth double-double of the season. In the process, the Huntsville, Ala., native collected his 1,000th career point (1,016) to become the 51st Alabama player in program history to achieve the feat and the 32nd to do so in just three years.

Sophomore Kira Lewis Jr. scored 16 to go along with seven rebounds and five assists for the Crimson Tide (11-7, 4-2 SEC) who captured the program's third straight win over Vandy in the series – the first time that's occurred since winning seven straight from 1984-87. Freshman Jaden Shackelford finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, while junior Herbert Jones added 10 points, five rebounds and five assists without a turnover.

It marked Alabama's season-best third consecutive win, the team's fourth victory over its last five games and the ninth win in the last 12.

Vanderbilt (8-10, 0-5) was led by Dylan Disu's 21 points, as well as Saben Lee who earned 19 points and a game-high 4 steals.

Coach Nate Oats Postgame Comments

"It was nice to get a road win. I didn't think we played that well, especially on offense with all the turnovers. We needed to get a road win. I know Vanderbilt is a little bit depleted with all the injuries, but I thought their kids played hard. For a team that is depleted as them and doesn't have a lot of depth, they forced us into 25 turnovers, so give them credit. We played hard enough to get the win, but I don't think we played that smart. We have to take care of the ball better. They struggled to shoot it, and I thought we gave them some open shots that they just missed. I think (Vanderbilt head coach) Jerry (Stackhouse) is doing a good job with the guys he's got. It is unfortunate that the last two years they've had their best player go down with an injury and they have struggled to make shots. It doesn't matter what offense you run, and I think he's running a pretty good offense, it is not going to look good if you aren't making shots. I liked our effort on the glass, if we hadn't rebounded as well as we did, they still got 13 more shot attempts up than we did. We didn't shoot it particularly well at the free-throw line where they did. We've got plenty of areas to improve on before our game against Kansas State on Saturday. But it was nice to get a road win. Conference road wins are big and we needed that."

Team Stats

  • Alabama won the rebounding battle by +19, 51-32, to record the Crimson Tide's largest rebounding margin and most rebounds on the season
  • John Petty registered his fourth double-double of the season with his 23 points and 10 rebounds
  • Herbert Jones earned his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring game
  • The Crimson Tide never trailed throughout the contest, getting off to an early lead right out of the gate, marking the second time in three games that UA has led wire-to-wire
  • Over the last three games combined, the Tide has trailed for just 3:14
  • Alabama improved to 11-0 this season when shooting a higher field goal percentage than the opposition
  • With his charge drawn late in the contest, Shackelford earned the team's Hard Hat Award – his second of the season
First Half

  • Alabama made three of its first four attempts from deep to get out to an 11-4 lead at the 16:26 mark
  • The Commodores responded with an 11-4 run of their own to cut the Tide's lead to 15-11 with 12:54 to play in the first
  • Petty drilled a triple, his fourth in as many attempts, to extend Alabama's advantage to 24-15 with 9:32 to go in the opening stanza
  • A three-pointer by Vanderbilt with just 2:06 to play in the half capped a 13-5 run and cut the Tide's lead to 32-30
  • The Crimson Tide ended the half by scoring five of the final six points to take a 37-31 lead into halftime
  • Petty led all scorers with 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond-the-arc

Second Half

  • Vanderbilt cut Alabama's lead to 39-35, but Alabama responded with a 14-0 surge to extend its lead to 53-35 with 13:23 remaining in the game
  • The run spanned 3:32 of game time and Lewis accounted for all 14 points during the run – scoring eight and assisting on a pair of Beetle Bolden three-pointers
  • Alabama held the Commodores at bay for the majority of the second half and led by as many as 21 points (66-45) with 5:42 remaining
  • Vanderbilt fought back and managed to trim the lead to 11 with 46 seconds left, however, the Tide scored the game's final four points to result in the final score
Alabama will return to action on Saturday evening as it plays its final non-conference game of the season when it takes on Kansas State as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m. CT and will be available on ESPN2.
 

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Never been much of a basketball fan but this may finally be the year I can actually get into it. I have been trying since Grant was hired and just never could stomach watching teams that seemed to create their own problems and never be able to overcome them. Since Bama is about the only team I really watch in most sports, it makes it harder.
 

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Was it ugly? Hell yeah it was ugly!!!! Was it a win? Hell yeah!! Any win in that house of horrors is a good win!!! Memorial Gym is the Jordan Hare of basketball. That place has some freaky voodoo going on for it.
 

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Yes it was a very UGLY win. As I recall usually it is shooting issues in that gym. I do not recall the issue being the sloppy turnovers when we traveled up there but could be wrong.

On the technical side of things, it seems like teams are figuring out the Nate Oats strategy of spreading the floor, driving in the lane or along the baseline with the intention of kicking it out for the 3 point shot. Also, on a defensive rebound bama wants to get the ball out quickly to the ball handlers so they can run. Defenders know that, so instead of playing the guy with the ball they move towards where they expect the pass to go to. Seems like a lot of this is easy to anticipate so Oats will need to adjust and become less predictable.
 

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