Bama Basketball Takes On Cowboys

The Alabama men's basketball team goes on the road for the third time in its last four games Saturday, and the road hasn't been kind to the Crimson Tide. This isn't an easy task, either. Although the game is something of a neutral site, the home crowd won't be with Bama.

The Alabama team of Coach Anthony Grant is 0-5 on the road this year, including 0-3 in neutral site games. Saturday's game at the OKC Arena in Oklahoma City doesn't look like the best place to end that streak. The Crimson Tide, 5-5, will be taking on Oklahoma State, which is 9-1 this year.

Tipoff in the 75th annual All-College Classic will be at 5:30 p.m. CST with television coverage by ESPN2.

Oklahoma will meet Cincinnati in the second game of the classic.

The All-College Classic is the oldest college basketball event. Bama has played in the classic seven previous times.

The Tide travels to Oklahoma on the heels of a 59-38 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday evening to improve to 5-5 and a perfect 5-0 at home.

All five of UA's losses have come away from home with three losses at the Paradise Jam and losses at Purdue and Providence.

Oklahoma State has had a week of for finals and last played on Dec. 11 with an 84-70 win over Missouri State to improve to 9-1.The lone loss for the Cowboys came to Virginia Tech in the 76 Classic on Nov. 26.

Alabama and OSU have met five times, and once in the All-College Classic, with Alabama holding a 3-2 advantage in the series.

Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said, "It's another opportunity to go out and try to get another win. Anything that has happened in the past is in the past. Hopefully, we'll understand we are not playing the opponents we've played before; we're playing a very good Oklahoma State team, and we'll have to play our best." 

JaMychal Green returned to the starting lineup for the Tide on Wednesday and put up his second straight double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds to match a career high. Green is now tied for the career lead in double-doubles among active SEC players and the junior is averaging 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds with more than half of his rebounds coming off the offensive glass.

Tony Mitchell failed to score in double-digits for the first time this season against SLU, but the sophomore has averaged 14.0 points and 9.8 rebounds the last five games with a pair of double-doubles. Mitchell did not start the last game as a punishment for an on-the-court issue.

Marshall Moses leads OSU with 18.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game after scoring 13 points with nine rebounds in his last outing.

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