Alabama Meets Georgia Saturday In Coleman

Two teams headed in different directions might be expected to maintain the variant momentums – bad gets worse, good gets better. It could, however, be like two ships passing in the night, one headed for Tahiti and one for an iceberg, and what has gone before has nothing to do with it.

Consider Alabama just a few days ago. The Crimson Tide had come off a loss to one of the worst teams in the Southeastern Conference when Vanderbilt downed Bama in Coleman Coliseum, and Alabama was headed to Auburn, where the Tigers were all aflutter over having defeated Georgia in Athens. Although everything seemed to scream “Auburn victory,” Alabama maintained the status quo insofar as its long domination of the Tigers.

Now Alabama – with the positive momentum of the win over Auburn – is back in Tuscaloosa to host Georgia. The Bulldogs have been absolutely awful in the last week of so, losing home games to two of the worst teams in the SEC, Auburn and South Carolina.

The Crimson Tide, though, is not good enough to take anything for granted.

Alabama (16-10 overall, 6-7 in SEC games) hosts Georgia (16-9, 7-6) at 7 p.m. CST Saturday in Coleman Coliseum. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Bama Coach Anthony Grant and Georgia Coach Mark Fox are both in their sixth seasons at their respective schools and have similar records. Grant is 115-81, Fox 101-86.

Alabama has five regular season games remaining, three of them at home. This is the only scheduled game between Bama and Georgia this season.

Grant discounts the recent Georgia losses. He said, “We’ve been really impressed watching Georgia on film. They’re a very talented team, a veteran team. They’ve got good size, good shooting, really good defensively. You look at their numbers from a scoring and rebounding standpoint, among the best in our league.

“What’s really impressive is their ability to get to the free throw line. They’ve taken, I think, almost 100 more free throws than their opponents. They’ve made more free throws than their opponents have taken. That will be a huge emphasis for us, is to be able to defend them without fouling. If we go back to the game we played with them last year that was a big part of the game. I think our guys understand that from a defensive standpoint we have to be at our best.

“Also, Georgia’s a team that makes it difficult on you with the way they defend. They’ve got good physicality and good size, so you have to be very good from an offensive standpoint.”

Alabama owns a 93-48 lead in the all-time series with Georgia. Bama is 51-12 against the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa, including 25-10 in games played in Coleman Coliseum. At home, the Tide has won five in a row against UGA. Grant is 5-2 against Georgia, including 3-0 in Tuscaloosa.


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