Alabama Faces SEC Players Of Week

Each Monday the Southeastern Conference announces its award winners. There is a long list in football season: offensive player of the week, defensive, special teams, freshman, lineman, and maybe something else. Not so much in basketball season, just Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week.

Following Alabama's surprising thumping of Mississippi State in Starkville Saturday, a 75-57 victory that ended Bama's winless road streak, a case could have been made for junior forward JaMychal Green being the SEC Player of the Week. Green had 16 points and 11 rebounds and limited the Bulldogs' giant (6-10, 270) Renardo Sidney to only two points.

There was also the thought that Bama point guard Trevor Releford might be the SEC Freshman of the Week. Although Releford's playing time was limited when he picked up two early fouls, he finished with 17 points, four assists, four rebounds, three steals, and only two turnovers. Moreover, all-star candidate Dee Bost was back in the lineup for the Bulldogs. Although he had 14 points, it was on only 5-16 from the field.

Certainly there would be candidates from other teams. Georgia upset Kentucky, so a Georgia Bulldogs player or two might be in the mix. How about Arkansas's big win over Tennessee?

But when the SEC announced its players Monday, it was none of those. Both the player of the week and the freshman of the week play for the South Carolina Gamecocks, who had an overtime win over Vanderbilt in Columbia Saturday.

Green and Releford and the rest of the Crimson Tide players, coaches and fans in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday will get at look at those players. Bama hosts South Carolina at 8 p.m. CST.

The SEC Player of the Week is Sam Muldrow, a 6-9, 229-pound senior forward. Against the Commodores, Muldrow had the second triple-double in school history -- 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots.

For the year, Muldrow is averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

The SEC Freshman of the Week is 5-9 point guard Bruce Ellington. He scored 22 points in South Carolina's 83-75 win against Vandy, including six three-pointers (five in the second half) and scoring a key overtime layup. Ellington is averaging 14.8 points and 3.9 assists in his first year.

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