Alabama Men, Women Basketball Teams Play

Sunday winds up pre-Christmas basketball for both the men’s and women’s Crimson Tide teams with both playing contests in Tuscaloosa.

The Alabama men’s team will play its second game in three days when the Tide welcomes the Appalachian State Mountaineers to Coleman Coliseum Sunday at 5:30 p.m. CST. The game is scheduled to be televised on SEC Network. Bama played Friday night, a 69-49 win over Stillman.

The Crimson Tide women’s basketball team will play its final game before breaking for the holidays on Sunday when it hosts New Orleans at Foster Auditorium. The contest is slated for a 2 p.m. CST tip off and is scheduled to be televised on SEC Network +.

Sunday night’s men’s contest will mark the second game in series history between Appalachian State and Alabama. The only other meeting between the Tide and Mountaineers came on Dec. 20, 1986 when Alabama recorded a 95-62 victory in Coleman Coliseum.

Alabama is 7-3 this year while the Mountaineers are 3-5. Appalachian State has five starters back from last year but a new coach in Jim Fox.

This is the second of a five-game homestand for the Crimson Tide, but the last game until next Sunday when Bama hosts UCLA.

Of some interest is how Coach Anthony Grant will juggle his lineup. In Bama’s last game he started three true freshmen (Riley Norris, Justin Coleman, and Devin Mitchell) along with soph Jimmie Taylor and senior Levi Randolph, and did not play two regular starters – junior Ricky Tarrant and senior Rodney Cooper.

In Foster Auditorium, Sunday’s game is the third meeting between Alabama, 9-4, and New Orleans but the first in nearly 25 years as both prior matchups were played in 1990. The Crimson Tide won the meeting in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 15, 67-57, but the Privateers evened the series on their home court 11 months later by nearly the same score, 67-55.

Alabama is coming off one of its most dominant games in the Kristy Curry era where the Crimson Tide cruised past Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday. UA limited Arkansas-Pine Bluff to only 27 points, the lowest total by a Tide opponent this season and the second-lowest in program history. The lowest opponent point total was 21 by Georgia State on Dec. 21, 1990. The 47-point win was also the UA's largest margin of victory since Dec. 1, 2010, when it earned a 49-point victory over Alabama State, 80-31.

Alabama recorded a season-high 16 steals and scored 40 of its 71 points off turnovers. Eleven of the Tide's 12 players scored a point with senior Briana Hutchen leading Alabama with 15 points.

New Orleans enters Sunday’s game with a 1-6 overall record with its most recent game resulting in a 55-78 loss at Tulsa. Leading the Privateers was Randi Brown, who finished with 16 points, while Halie Matthews pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.

This will be the third straight road game for New Orleans and its second against a Southeastern Conference team this year as the Privateers faced Mississippi State on Nov. 29, a game that the Bulldogs would win, 85-45.

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