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The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs are set to tip off at 8 p.m. CT


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama will return to Coleman Coliseum for its only home contest in the current four-game stretch when it welcomes the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday night. The game, which will be the lone meeting during the regular season between the two teams, will tip at 8 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.

Wednesday's game will be the 147th meeting on the hardwood between the two schools, which is the seventh-most games UA has played against any one opponent. The Crimson Tide owns a 94-52 lead in the series, with the 94 victories ranking fifth-most against any foe in program history.

The Crimson Tide is coming off an 84-63 defeat at Auburn last Saturday night in Auburn, Ala. Alabama began by scoring nine of the game's first 13 points, however, the Tigers took control of the game with a 21-2 run over a span of 4:46 to take a 25-11 lead at the 10:38 mark of the first half. Auburn went on to hold a 20-point advantage, 48-28, at the half and never looked back.

THE BROADCAST

• Wednesday's game will air on SEC Network with Mike Morgan (play-by-play) and Barry Booker (analyst) on the call.

• The radio broadcast can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) on the call. The pregame show will begin one hour prior to tipoff.

PROMOTIONS

• Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night – University of Alabama employees receive free admission (visit HERE to print off form and claim free ticket).

• Free Funnel Cake and Foam Finger to the first 500 students in attendance.

METAL DETECTORS IN USE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

• Alabama will continue the testing of metal detectors on Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum.

• The entry process will be similar to the one in place at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 2018 season. Upon arrival, guests will be asked to remove any metal objects from pockets or clothing before going through the detectors. Those with prohibited items will have to dispose of them or return those items to their cars before entering the coliseum. Individuals who are unable to pass through a metal detector due to special circumstances will be checked with a hand-held device.

• These enhanced security measures, in addition to the University's clear bag policy, will be used to enforce existing rules for prohibited items, which include weapons, artificial noisemakers, flags/banners, strollers, computers and more.

NOTES YOU NEED TO KNOW

• Coming into Wednesday's game against Georgia, the Tide is ranked No. 46 in the latest NCAA Net Rankings (as of Feb. 4) and own the No. 16 overall strength of schedule, which ranks second among all SEC programs. Additionally, UA has faced the toughest difficult league schedule to date. Alabama has played a total of 13 games against Quadrant 1 (2-5) and Quadrant 2 (5-1) opponents this season and boasts a record of 7-6 in such contests. The seven combined wins rank third in the conference entering this weekend's action, trailing only Tennessee (10-1), Kentucky (9-3), LSU (9-3) and Mississippi State (9-5). Finally, the 13 total games played against Q1 and Q2 opponents ranks second in the SEC, trailing only Mississippi State's 14 games played.

• The Tide's overall strength of schedule in the NET Ranking is No. 16 which is second-best in the SEC, trailing only Texas A&M (No. 6). Furthermore, Alabama's conference schedule ranks as the toughest in the league through the first eight games played in the SEC, according to KenPom.com.

• The Alabama reserves have been a strength of this year's team, averaging more than 27 points per contest (27.5) entering the contest against Georgia. In fact, over the last eight games alone, the UA bench is averaging 33.4 points per game and have scored 33 points or more seven times over the eight-game stretch. For the year, the Crimson Tide bench has been outscored just twice on the season and it outscoring its counterparts by 8.8 points per contest (27.5-18.8).

• The Crimson Tide owns an 8-2 record under the arched roof of Coleman Coliseum, with both defeats coming on buzzer-beating three-pointers. Most recently, Alabama fell to Texas A&M on Jan. 12 when TJ Starks drained an improbable shot from beyond the arc as the buzzer sounded, lifting the Aggies to an 81-80 victory. The other occurrence came back on Dec. 4 when Georgia State's three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Panthers an 83-80 victory.

• Over the last eight games, the Alabama bench has scored 33 points or more seven times and is averaging 33.4 points per game while outscoring its counterparts by 10.3 points per game (33.4-23.1) over the span. For the year, the Crimson Tide bench has been outscored just twice on the season and is outscoring its opposition by 8.8 points per contest (27.5-18.8).

• The 70-point mark is the magic number for the Crimson Tide this season. When scoring 70 or more points, Alabama is 13-3 on the year. However, the Tide falls to 0-5 this season when scoring fewer than 70 points in a contest.

• Alabama next begins a two-game road swing when it travels to Nashville, Tenn., to square off at Vanderbilt on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. CT. It will mark the first of two games played between the teams this season. The Commodores will make the return trip to Tuscaloosa two weeks later on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. CT.

ABOUT ALABAMA

• Alabama fell to 13-8 on the year and 4-4 in SEC play when it dropped an 84-63 decision at Auburn on Saturday night. Alabama was its own worst enemy on the night, matching its season high of 21 turnovers which resulted in a big 30-14 disadvantage in points off turnovers.

• Freshman guard Kira Lewis Jr. leads a balanced scoring attack that features eight Alabama players averaging at least 6.0 points per game, while 10 players are averaging double-digit minutes. Three UA players average in double figured as Lewis' 13.6 points per game tops the Tide and ranks 15th in the SEC. Sophomore John Petty Jr., who leads the Tide and ranks 15th in the league in SEC play with 14.8 ppg, ranks second on the team at 12.0 ppg, while senior Donta Hallis collecting 11.5 points per game.

• Lewis leads UA in assists (2.7 apg), minutes (30.5) and free throw shooting (61-of-75, .813), while ranking second in steals (18) and threes made (33) and attempted (88). Meanwhile, Hall tops the team in total dunks (44), rebounds (8.9 rpg), blocks (2.0 bpg), double-figure contests (16) and double-doubles (10). He currently ranks among the league leaders in double-doubles (1st), rebounding (3rd) and blocked shots (T7th). Petty leads the Tide in three-point field goals made (43) and attempted (121) and ranks second on the team in minutes (29.4) and third in rebounding (4.2).

• Junior Tevin Mack, who scored a season-high 22 points in the win over Kentucky back on Jan. 5, is averaging 8.4 ppg, while junior Dazon Ingram (7.3 ppg), senior Riley Norris (6.6 ppg) and sophomores Herbert Jones (6.3 ppg) and Alex Reese (6.2 ppg) are all averaging over 6.0 points per contest. Norris tops the team in three-point shooting (15-of-38, 39.5 percent) over his 13 games played. Meanwhile Jones, who is considered one of the top defenders in the Southeastern Conference, tops UA with 15 charges taken and 19 steals.

• As a team, Alabama enters Wednesday's contest as one of the top rebounding teams in the nation. The Tide has outrebounded 17 of its 21 opponents on the year and ranks third in the SEC and 40th nationally with a 5.3 advantage on the glass (38.6-33.3). UA is shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 33.8 percent from beyond the arc on the year, while outscoring the competition by 2.9 points per game (75.2-72.4).

• Through eight games in conference play, Petty leads the team in scoring at 14.8 ppg and has knocked down 42.0 percent of his shots from beyond the arc (21-of-50). Meanwhile, Hall is averaging a double-double at 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game – a number that tops the SEC in conference games only. Lewis is scoring 11.4 ppg in league play and tops the team in steals (6). Ingram (3.0 apg) leads the Tide in assists per game through eight SEC games.

• As a team in league play, Alabama leads the league in defensive rebounds per game (26.8), ranks second in the SEC in rebounding offense (38.9) and blocked shots (5.1). The Tide also ranks among the league leaders in scoring defense (4th - 73.9), rebounding margin (4th - +4.4), offensive rebounds per game (4th - 12.1) and scoring margin (5th - +0.4).

ABOUT GEORGIA

• Georgia is coming off an 86-80 home loss to South Carolina last Saturday, which marked its seventh straight loss in Southeastern Conference play. The Bulldogs lone win over their last eight contests was an impressive 98-88 victory over Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 26. With their most recent setback, the Bulldogs fell to 10-11 on the year and 1-7 in league play.

• Georgia is led on the year by sophomore Rayshaun Hammonds, whose 12.9 points per games leads four players to average double digit scoring. Sophomore Nicolas Claxton, who ranks second on the team with 12.7 ppg, leads the SEC in rebounds (9.3) and blocks (2.8 bpg) per game while also topping Georgia in rebounds (9.3), assists (2.1) and minutes (30.8) per game.

• Sophomore Tyree Crump (10.4 ppg) and senior Derek Ogbeide (10.0 ppg) are both scoring in double figures for the Bulldogs. Crump leads the team in threes made (48), threes attempted (117) and three-point field goal percentage (.410). Meanwhile, Ogbeide tops the squad in field goal percentage (.538)

• As a team, Georgia is averaging 75.3 points per game and outscoring the opposition by +0.8 points per contest (75.3-74.5) entering Wednesday's contest at Alabama. The Bulldogs are shooting 45.4 percent from the floor as a team and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Georgia s the top reboundnig team in the SEC, leading the league in rebounding offense (40.9) defensive rebounds per game (28.9) and ranked third in rebound margin (+6.1).

• Tom Crean is in his first season at the helm of the Georgia program. Now in his 19th season as a head coach, Crean, whose coaching stints include stops at Marquette (1999-2008) and Indiana (2008-17), owns an career record of 366-242.

NCAA TOURNAMENT RESUME

• Heading into Wednesday's game, Alabama is a combined 7-6 against Q1 and Q2 teams, owning 2-5 mark against Quadrant 1 opponents and a 5-1 record vs. teams in Quadrant 2 this season. Combined, UA's 7 wins against Q1 and Q2 opposition this year trails only Tennessee (10), Kentucky (9), LSU (9) and Mississippi State (9).

• UA enters the game at Auburn with a NET Ranking of No. 46 nationally, while owning the No. 16 overall strength of schedule, which ranks second among all SEC teams (Texas A&M owns the No. 6 overall SOS). In fact, the Tide has played the toughest league slate to date.

• Of the Tide's remaining 10 regular season contests, four are projected to be against Q1 opposition, while four will be against Q2 teams.

• Alabama has played a total of 13 games against Q1 and Q2 opponents which is second-best in the SEC. Only Mississippi State (14) has played more, while UA is tied with Florida, LSU, Missouri and South Carolina with 13 such contests.

• Alabama's three Quadrant 4 opponents is the lowest number among SEC schools (tied with LSU).

 

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Junior Tevin Mack and freshman Kira Lewis Jr. combined for 49 of the team’s 89 total points in home victory


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Junior Tevin Mack and freshman Kira Lewis Jr. combined to score 49 points to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to an 89-74 victory over Georgia on Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum. With the win, the Crimson Tide improved to 14-8 overall, including a 9-2 mark in home games, and 5-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

Mack finished the night by shooting 10-of-16 from the floor and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc on his way to a season-high 25 points, the second-most scored by an Alabama player this season (John Petty had 30 at Tennessee on Jan. 19), while adding six rebounds. Meanwhile, Lewis was equally as good, collecting 24 points while knocking down 10-of-17 shots from the field to go along with a game-high seven assists in the win. In addition to the scoring output, the duo combined to shoot 20-of-33 (60.6 percent) from the floor and 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from beyond the arc.

"First of all, I want to just say what a good job Coach (Tom) Crean (Georgia) is doing with his team," said head coach Avery Johnson. "Obviously, it's a transition year for them and I've been there. I am awfully proud of this Alabama Crimson Tide team. I talked to them about the way you handle disappointment is you don't allow it to hijack your dreams. We obviously didn't have a great performance in our last game but I'm awfully glad about the way we handled it tonight. We played hard and we were really good on defense in the second half, which has been our achilles heel. We got some outstanding performances from some guys like Kira and Tevin. Daniel Giddens gave us a big lift inside, so again I'm glad we came back and hustled and played extremely hard at home and had a great bounce back win from our last game."

Junior Dazon Ingram also had a solid game for the Crimson Tide, finishing with 11 points, three assists and three steals on the night, while sophomore John Petty Jr. added eight points and five rebounds off the bench.

Alabama shot an impressive 61.5-percent (16-of-26) from the field in the second half, marking the first time since March 15, 2018 that the Tide shot better than 60 percent in a half. In that contest, UA shot 60.9 percent in the second half in the NCAA Tournament first round win over Virginia Tech.

Georgia (10-12, 1-8) kept the game close in a first half that included four ties and three lead changes. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 15-8 advantage, but Alabama battled back with a quick 10-0 run to put the Tide up by two with over 12 minutes in the half. The two teams would continue to exchange baskets with Alabama holding a 41-38 advantage at the half.

Alabama began the second half with a 12-2 run, including 10 points from Mack during the spurt, to give the Tide its first double-digit lead of the night. UA led by as many as 18 points, 80-62, with just over four minutes remaining on its way to the 15-point win.

The Tide scored 48 points in the paint and owned a 22-16 edge in points off turnovers. Georgia, the top rebounding team in the SEC, won the battle of the boards, 38-37, including a 15-7 edge on the offensive glass which resulted in a 21-8 advantage in second chance points for the Bulldogs.

Georgia was led by senior forward Derek Ogbeide's 17 points, while sophomore forward Nicolas Claxton ended the night with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Alabama begins its road stretch Saturday night when it travels to Nashville, Tenn. to play Vanderbilt. Tipoff is scheduled 7:30 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.

 

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The yo-yo continues to spin, up and down. Thankfully, last night we were up! Nice win!
 

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I want to be like Tennessee. Get me one of those.
 

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We are a deeply flawed team, with holes that are hard to hide from complete teams. We don't have a great ball security or anyone dependable to handle the ball during crunch time which means when we are pressured defensively we are prone to turn it over. We are a streaking three point shooting team and it's either real hot or real cold. We are a poor free throw shooting team especially during crunch time. All of these things by themselves can get you beat by themselves but we have all three deficiencies.

That being said I love the effort, the rebounding and the defense this team plays. I like our ability to get out and run and the overall character of the team. I think they make up of this team has them over performing their current talent and that if some of our streaky players.. Mack & Petty can hit on all cylanders and be consistent thru the end of the year.. we could get on a roll and be maybe a 2nd round NCAA team which would be great for this team.

Next year we have the potential to be a really good team and I think us, LSU and Kentucky will be the top 3 teams in the leauge
 

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We are a deeply flawed team, with holes that are hard to hide from complete teams. We don't have a great ball security or anyone dependable to handle the ball during crunch time which means when we are pressured defensively we are prone to turn it over. We are a streaking three point shooting team and it's either real hot or real cold. We are a poor free throw shooting team especially during crunch time. All of these things by themselves can get you beat by themselves but we have all three deficiencies.

That being said I love the effort, the rebounding and the defense this team plays. I like our ability to get out and run and the overall character of the team. I think they make up of this team has them over performing their current talent and that if some of our streaky players.. Mack & Petty can hit on all cylanders and be consistent thru the end of the year.. we could get on a roll and be maybe a 2nd round NCAA team which would be great for this team.

Next year we have the potential to be a really good team and I think us, LSU and Kentucky will be the top 3 teams in the leauge
If we can keep Kira, Mack, and Petty next year, we will be a force.

We are a force this year. We can play with anyone. Auburn drilled us, but I give them credit for their home court crowd there. I think we beat them in Tuscaloosa. Should have beat Tennessee, but couldn't close out the last thirty seconds and a BS travel call if you ask me. We have the team to compete now, but with one more year and those guys staying we will not lose the Texas A&M games, Tennessee games, or the Northeastern/Georgia State type games.

Proud of the guys for continuing to play, continuing to score. Nice win to pad the record and resume with. Only three loses when we score over 75 points, and we have been scoring more points this year, so we are heading upwards.
 

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If we can keep Kira, Mack, and Petty next year, we will be a force.

We are a force this year. We can play with anyone. Auburn drilled us, but I give them credit for their home court crowd there. I think we beat them in Tuscaloosa. Should have beat Tennessee, but couldn't close out the last thirty seconds and a BS travel call if you ask me. We have the team to compete now, but with one more year and those guys staying we will not lose the Texas A&M games, Tennessee games, or the Northeastern/Georgia State type games.

Proud of the guys for continuing to play, continuing to score. Nice win to pad the record and resume with. Only three loses when we score over 75 points, and we have been scoring more points this year, so we are heading upwards.
That the thing for some reason Bama can'r kept those that could help them go all the way!
 

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Bama has a simple path to the Dance. Win every home game and they will get an invite.
@JoseyWalesTheOutlaw , with much respect, I disagree. If, and that's a big if, we make the dance, we are more than likely one and done. I see the NIT in the future for this year unless a miracle happens and we get hotter than a firecracker the rest of the way out.
 
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@JoseyWalesTheOutlaw , with much respect, I disagree. If, and that's a big if, we make the dance, we are more than likely one and done. I see the NIT in the future for this year unless a miracle happens and we get hotter than a firecracker the rest of the way out.
Just getting into the Dance is a big deal. Beating somebody that is somebody is another story. Winning all our remaining Home games should at least get us the ticket......maybe
 

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