Grant Watches Tape Of Tide, Hoyas

How many times have you enjoyed the book better than the film? Probably all but "Forrest Gump." Coaches don't have the option. They spend an inordinate amount of time watching the movies, specifically videotapes of practices, prospects, games, and opponents' games.

"I have seen some film on us and in getting prepared for Georgetown," Alabama Basketball Coach Anthony Grant said Tuesday. His 12th ranked Crimson Tide will host Georgetown at 8:30 p.m. CST Thursday in Coleman Coliseum.

"They are very talented," Grant said of the incoming Hoyas, citing their personnel and their system. "They are a very dangerous offensive team."

Grant's movie critique of his Crimson Tide was less glowing. "We have to play a lot better," he said. "We had a lot of breakdowns on offense and on the defensive end" in Bama's come-from-behind 72-64 win over VCU Sunday night.

Alabama players were given Monday off, which should help some players get a little more healed of nagging injuries. "We expect everyone to be ready to go Thursday," Grant said.

Alabama has been going well this year under the direction of Grant, now in his third year at the helm of the Tide. Bama is 7-0 overall and moved up to 12th in the nation in both polls. Georgetown is 5-1 on the season and is getting votes in both the Associated Press and Coaches' polls.

Thursday's game between Alabama of the Southeastern Conference and Georgetown of the Big East will be telecast by ESPN2. Thursday's meeting is the fifth between the schools, but the first on a home court. In the last meeting in the 2007 SEC/Big East Challenge in Birmingham, Georgetown evened the series at 2-2 with a 70-60 victory.

Alabama will be attempting to extend a 24-game winning streak in Coleman Coliseum.

Georgetown will put a big team on the court. The Hoyas of Coach John Thompson III start two men at 6-8 (Hollis Thompson, averaging 17 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, and Nate Lubick, 5.2 points, 5.7 rebounds) and one at 6-10 (Henry Sims, 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds). The other starters are both 6-2 guards, senior Jason Clark (17 points) and soph Markel Starks (9.7).

The Hoyas have a bench with three men 6-9, two 6-8, two 6-6, and one 6-5.

"They have the ability to put four guys 6-8 or bigger on the floor together," Grant said. He added that Bama will have to be physical and will have to rebound well.

This appears to be a match of Alabama defense vs. Georgetown offense. Bama is allowing just 52.6 points per game, eighth best in the nation. Only two of Bama's opponents have reached the 60-point plateau and three have failed to score 50 points. Alabama's opponents have been held to 32 per cent field goal shooting, third best defense in the nation.

That Tide defense will be up against an offense scoring 82 points per game. The Hoyas have scored over 80 points in each of their last three games. Georgetown ranks 24th in the nation in scoring.

In Grant's three seasons in Tuscaloosa, opponents in Coleman Coliseum have averaged just 57 points per game and the Tide has amassed a record of 34-6.

JaMychal Green, a 6-8, 240-pound senior, continues to lead the Tide in scoring (15.5) and rebounding (8.0). Against VCU Sunday, Green came back from a hip pointer to score a season-high 21 points and pull down 14 rebounds for his 22nd career double-double.

Also starting for Bama will be junior Tony Mitchell, a 6-6 forward, who averages 14.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game; soph point guard Trevor Releford, averaging 11.6 points and 2.4 assists per game; and freshmen guards Levi Randolph (7.6 points, 5.1 rebounds) and Rodney Cooper (6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds).

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