Quick Turnaround For Tide Basketball
Alabama is still having a very good year. The 81-77 loss at Vanderbilt Thursday night, extending a losing streak in Memorial Gym against the Commodores that dates from 1990, left the Tide at 7-2 in the Southeastern Conference, just behind Florida at 8-2 for the overall lead and still firmly in first place in the SEC Western Division. Alabama is now 15-8 overall.
Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide doesn't have time to lick wounds. Bama has a quick turnaround with Ole Miss coming to Coleman Coliseum for a 3 p.m. CST game. Fewer than 500 tickets remain for the contest.
(Fans are encouraged to continue the advance purchase of tickets today. Fans can purchase online at RollTide.com by clicking on the 'print at home' feature in lieu of picking tickets up at Will Call. Tickets are also available via phone at 205-348-2262.)
The Rebels are coming off a home win against LSU on Wednesday. Although the Fighting Tigers had a six-game losing streak going into Oxford, LSU led Mississippi—which has quality wins over Kentucky and Arkansas--by eight points in the second half. But Ole Miss was able to gather itself and pull out a 66-60 win.
The Rebels have three consecutive wins and have improved to 4-5 in SEC play.
Ole Miss is led by Chris Warren, who has moved into fourth place on Mississippi's all-time scoring list. He had 26 points, including two clutch free throws with 25 seconds to play, in the win over LSU. Warren made the Ole Miss highlight reel with his 25-foot three-point shot to beat Kentucky.
Although rebounding has been a problem for Ole Miss this year, the Rebels had a 39-30 advantage on the boards against LSU. Mississippi defense has been picking up, too. In league games, the Rebels were allowing an SEC-worst 72.8 points per game, but in the last two games have given up just 64.5 points per game.
Free throws are a sore point for Alabama following the loss at Vanderbilt. The Commodores, shooting mostly from the outside, won the game because Vandy shot and made so many more foul shots than Alabama, which was working mostly on the inside. Now comes Ole Miss, which has been one of the top free throw shooting teams in the nation this year at around 80 per cent.
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