Tide Faces Another Test At Ole Miss

It has been said before, because it's true. The more a team wins, the more important the wins become. Thus it is with Alabama basketball. The Crimson Tide is 19-8 overall, tied for the Southeastern Conference lead at 11-2, and facing three tough games with the SEC championship and an NCAA berth on the line.

Almost no one would have thought Coach Anthony Grant's Alabama basketball team would be where it is now. Bama is now 8-1 against SEC Western Division teams and plays its last intra-division game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ole Miss. The SEC Network will televise the game.

The Tide, SEC Western Division champion, is 4-2 in SEC road games this year.

Alabama and Mississippi played just two weeks ago with Bama taking a 74-64 win over the Rebels in Tuscaloosa. Ole Miss is 17-11 overall and 5-8 in SEC games.

The Rebels are one of only five opponents in the last 16 games to score more than 60 points against the Tide (the others Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt). Bama's defense is surrendering just 57.9 points per game, tops in the SEC and third best in the nation. Alabama has held all 27 opponents and 17 SEC foes to an average of just 0.83 points per possession, the best mark in the nation. Additionally, opponents are converting on just 37.2 per cent of their field goals, the fourth-best in the nation and tops in the conference.

That defense will face a Mississippi squad that is third in the SEC in scoring a 74.4 points per game.

The Crimson Tide has won 14 of its last 16 games after defeating Auburn, 51-49, Wednesday. Ole Miss is coming off a loss at South Carolina, 79-73.

Alabama leads the all-time series with Mississippi by an 116-51 margin.

Following Saturday's game the Tide closes out regular season play at Florida, the SEC East leader, on Tuesday, and a home game against Georgia next Saturday.

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