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- Jan 26, 2015
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama will close its two-game homestand when it welcomes the Missouri Tigers to Coleman Coliseum for the first of two games played between the teams this season. The return game will take place on March 7 – the final game of the regular season – in Columbia, Mo. (1:30 p.m...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama will close its two-game homestand when it welcomes the Missouri Tigers to Coleman Coliseum for the first of two games played between the teams this season. The return game will take place on March 7 – the final game of the regular season – in Columbia, Mo. (1:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network).
The Crimson Tide is coming off an impressive 83-64 win over No. 4/4 Auburn last Wednesday night. It was Alabama's seventh win in the last 10 games entering Saturday's contest with Missouri. The Tide led the game from start to finish as Nate Oats became the first head coach since 1993 to win the first game he has coached against the Tigers (David Hobbs was the last to do so).
The only three losses over the 10-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).
- Saturday's game will be televised on SEC Network with Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Debbie Antonelli (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.
- Chick-fil-A Sandwiches – The first 500 students through the door will get a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich
- America's Got Talent star Cristin Sandu will perform at halftime
- Saturday's contest will be a battle of contrasting styles. Alabama comes into the game as the top scoring team in the SEC at 83.2 points per game, which ranks fourth-best in the nation. The Tigers lead the league in scoring defense only allowing opponents to 59.7 points per contest, which ranks 15th in the country.
- Alabama held Auburn to a season-low 64 points in Wednesday's contest, which marked the fifth time this year – and second time in the last three games – that UA held an opponent to under 70 points. The Tide has not been beaten this year when its achieves the feat, owning a perfect 5-0 record when doing so.
- 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 eight games, those numbers have seen a dramatic improvement. Over the span, the Tide is averaging just 12.4 turnovers compared to 14.3 assists – a 1.15 assist/turnover ratio.
- Alabama's John Petty Jr. became just the fifth player in program history to make at least 200 treys for his career (203) and is just 61 treys away from becoming the program's all-time leader in three-pointers made for his career. Moreover, the junior guard needs only 27 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.
- Alabama enters Saturday's game having played the toughest strength of schedule in the SEC (as of 1/15). According to the latest KenPom.com rankings, the Crimson Tide owns the No. 19 overall strength of schedule and the No. 49 non-conference SOS – both of which lead the SEC.
- 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.
- As a result of its recent offensive surge, Alabama has vaulted to No. 1 in the SEC and No. 4 nationally in scoring offense (83.2). The Tide has scored 1,331 points through its 16 games thus far. With 16 more guaranteed games this season, the Crimson Tide is on pace to program's single-season scoring record of 2,761 points set during the 2000-01 campaign.
- Missouri and Alabama will play the first of two games this season on Saturday, as the Tigers will host the Crimson Tide on March 7 (1:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network) in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
- Four Alabama players average double figures, while six average 9.0 points per game or better through its 16 contests played. Sophomore Kira Lewis Jr. (16.8 ppg) and junior John Petty Jr. (16.1 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 (32.9 ppg).
- Lewis leads the SEC and ranks eighth in the nation in minutes per game (37.4), while also leading UA and ranking among the league leaders in assists (t7th - 4.5 apg) and steals (5th - 1.8 spg). A first-team All-SEC preseason honoree, he also tops the team in field goals made (99) and attempted (228), and is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 32.9 percent (27-of-73) 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 (48.2 percent, 55-of-112) and is third in threes made per game (3.4), while ranking fourth and 12th, respectively, in the categories nationally. Additionally, he leads the squad and ranks ninth in the conference in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and also tops UA in threes made (54) and attempted (112) while ranking second in steals (1.2 spg) and minutes (33.9 mpg) per game.
- Freshman Jaden Shackelford and junior Herbert Jones also average in double figures at 11.9 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Shackelford is second on the team in threes attempted as 100 of 155 field goal attempts – approximately 64 percent – have come from beyond the three-point line. Jones is the team's best defender, leading the team in Blue Collar Points (319), Hard Hat Awards (9), charges taken (12) and floor dives (21), and is second in deflections (51). Graduate senior Beetle Bolden (9.0 ppg) and junior Alex Reese (9.2 ppg) also contribute on offense.
- As a team, the Tide has been outrebounded in just five of its 16 games played this year and owns a +2.1 advantage on the glass (41.6-39.4). The 41.6 rebounds per game rank second in the SEC and 11th-best in the nation. Alabama has outscored the opposition by +5.4 points (83.2-77.8) and is shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from beyond the arc and 71.0 percent from the foul line.
- Missouri comes into Saturday's contest with a 9-7 overall mark and a 1-3 record in league play. Most recently, the Tigers fell to 0-2 in road SEC contests when it dropped a 72-45 decision at Mississippi State last Tuesday night.
- Guards Dru Smith and Mark Smith lead the team at 11.4 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. Dru also tops the team in assists (4.1 apg), steals (2.3 spg), minutes (29.9 mpg) and free throw percentage (.873), while Mark is the team leader in three-point shooting (39-96, .406) and rebounding (4.7 rpg), while also ranking second in minutes (29.7 mpg).
- Center Jeremiah Tilmon is averaging 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the field to lead Mizzou in the statistic. However, he has been out indefinitely with a stress fracture to his left foot and has not played a game since league competition commenced.
- As a team, Missouri is one of the top defensive squads in the SEC, limiting the opposition to 59.7 points per game and holding opponents to just 38.8 percent shooting from the floor and 29.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Tigers are outscoring the competition by +7.2 points per game (66.9-59.7) while shooting 43.3 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from deep. Mizzou leads the league and ranks 15th in the nation in scoring defense. Additionally, the Tigers are third in the league and 42nd nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense, and is fourth in the SEC and 36th in the country in field goal percentage defense.
- Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin is in his third year at the helm of the program and his 12th season overall as a head coach. Martin, who spent three years in the SEC as the head coach of Tennessee (2011-14), owns a career coaching record of 230-158 (.593) and is 44-37 (.543) in two seasons at Missouri.
- Alabama and Missouri will square off in the first of two games this season when the two teams meet on Saturday afternoon. The return game will take place on March 7 – the final game of the regular season – in Columbia, Mo. (1:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network).
- Saturday's contest will mark the ninth meeting between the two teams as SEC rivals and 15th contest overall in the series history. The Tide owns a 10-4 edge in the all-time series, with Alabama having won six of the last seven games over the Tigers.
- The Crimson Tide's lone loss over the last seven games against Mizzou came in the Tigers' last appearance in Coleman Coliseum on Jan. 31, 2018 when the Tigers captured a 69-60 victory. With that win, Missouri not only snapped a five-game losing streak at Alabama, but it also was the first time the Tigers won a game in Tuscaloosa (now 1-5 all time).
- In the only meeting between the two teams last season, the Tide captured a 70-60 victory inside Mizzou Arena, making it two years in a row the visiting team won the game by nearly identical scores.
- Nine of the 14 games played between the two teams have been decided by 10 or fewer points.
- The first game of the series was played on Dec. 10, 1977.