Turnaround Put Tide Up On Tigers

From 1959 through 1971, Auburn's basketball team dominated Alabama. The Tigers won 25 of 29 games in that span. C.M. Newton had taken over as Crimson Tide coach in 1968-69 and going into the 1971-72 season had an 0-6 record against Auburn.

Talk about your turnarounds.

Alabama won 18 of the next 19 games against Auburn.

Alabama had dominated the early days of the series and had a 20-7 advantage in the series from the first game in 1924 (a 40-19 Bama win) through 1958. (The teams did not play from 1924 until 1941 and from 1941 until 1949.)

When Newton finally got the Tide winning in 1973, the Tigers had a 32-24 advantage in the series.

Since that beginning in 1973, Alabama has won 64 games, Auburn 24. The Crimson Tide now leads the series, 88-56, including a 68-50 win over the Tigers in Auburn on Feb. 7.

Alabama will attempt to increase its lead in the series and get another sweep of the Tigers when the teams meet at 7 p.m. CST Wednesday in Coleman Coliseum. The game is also important for Alabama's hopes of improving its position for the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Tournaments.

Alabama has won six of its last eight games to improve to 19-9 overall and 8-6 in SEC games. Auburn has lost five of its last six games and is 14-14 overall and 4-10 in the conference.

This is the final game of the season for Bama in Coleman Coliseum. The Tide is 43-8 in Tuscaloosa against Auburn and 36-7 in Coleman.

The Tide has won four in a row against Auburn and Bama Coach Anthony Grant is 4-1 against the Tigers.

Alabama is 5-2 in SEC homes games this year and has won 31 of its last 34 games (14 of its last 16 SEC games) in Coleman.

Alabama does it primarily with defense. The Tide is allowing just 58.1 points per game, 11th best in the nation and best in the SEC. Bama's opponents have converted on just 38.4 per cent of their field goal attempts, 10th best nationally.

Four Bama opponents have failed to reach the 50-point mark against Alabama and only 11 have scored 60 or more points. Auburn is one of six SEC opponents to fail to reach the 60-point mark against the Tide.

Of Alabama's 25 opponents this year, 11 have had their season low scoring performance. It will be tough to add Auburn to that list. The Tigers had a low game this year of only 35 points.

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