Releford, Green SEC Second Team

Alabama ranks first in the Southeastern Conference in scoring defense, second in field goal percentage defense, first in three-point field goal defense,, and second in steals. All year the Crimson Tide has ranked among the nation's leaders in scoring defense (currently ninth at 57.9 points per game) and defense against field goals (38.7 per cent, 13th best in the country).

So how many Alabama players were selected to the SEC All-Defensive Team? DO NOT READ FOLLOWING SENTENCE BEFORE GUESSING: A misleading hint is that Crimson Tide point guard Trevor Releford leads the SEC in steals.

If you guessed not a single Alabama basketball player was selected to the All-SEC Defensive Team as selected by the league's coaches, you would be correct.

Releford, a sophomore, and senior JaMychal Green were on the All-SEC second team.

One of the big storylines at Alabama this season has been the play of an outstanding freshman class. There were times when four freshmen were in the lineup together at Alabama. Levi Randolph, Trevor Lacey, Rodney Cooper, and Nick Jacobs all got the same recognition by the SEC coaches for the All-Freshman Team. They were all omitted.

Kentucky's John Calipari was voted SEC Coach of the Year and Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis was selected the SEC Player of the Year, the SEC Freshman of the Year, and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Kentucky's Darius Miller was voted SEC Sixth Man of the Year.

Patric Young of Florida earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Green earned the All-SEC second team honor after averaging 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. The honor is the third All-SEC accolade for the senior who was a first-team selection last season and an All-Freshman honoree in 2009. Green currently ranks third in career scoring among active SEC players and first in rebounding in addition to a league best 26 career double-doubles.

Releford was named to the second team after earning All-Freshman honor last season. In his second season at UA, he's averaged 12.0 points and 2.8 assists per game. He also leads the league in steals with 2.1 per game and 2.5 against SEC opponents.

Alabama's next action is at approximately 2:30 p.m. CDT Thursday in the SEC Tournament in New Orleans against South Carolina.

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