Even though the road has been smooth for the Alabama basketball team in recent weeks with four consecutive wins away from Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide of Coach Avery Johnson should be comfortable in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday night.
Alabama, 6-2 with those four straight wins on the road, hosts the Winthrop Eagles at 8 p.m. CST Wednesday.
Those four straight wins away from home included two over ranked teams (Wichita State and Notre Dame) and the streak matches the longest Alabama road winning streak over non-conference teams since the 2000-01 season. On the road for nearly a month, Bama played five consecutive games away from Tuscaloosa and produced a 5-1 record. Six of the Tide’s eight games this year have been on the road.
Alabama’s last home game was Nov. 20 when Bama took a 105-93 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
Wednesday’s game will be televised on the SEC Network.
For those attending, it is Alabama Toy Drive Night. Those bringing a new toy will be able to exchange it for a ticket for admission. Big Al will also be on the concourse to pose for photos.
Bama is coming off a 51-50 win over Clemson in Greenville, S.C., on Sunday. Alabama’s last four wins have been by a total of nine points, with the last three coming down to a single possession. After defeating then-No. 20 Wichita State by four points (64-60) on Nov. 27, the Crimson Tide reeled off a one-point win vs. then-No. 17 Notre Dame (74-73), a three-point win at Southern Miss (58-55) and another one-point win at Clemson (51-50).
Alabama senior guard Retin Obasohan was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, as he scored a career-high 23 points in the win over Clemson. A key to Bama’s win was the Tide pulling down a season-high 44 rebounds, including 21 offensive boards.
Alabama will put its 12-game non-conference home winning streak on the line when it hosts Winthrop. The Tide last lost to a non-conference home game on Dec. 21, 2013 against Xavier.
Following Wednesday night’s game against Winthrop, the Tide will take on the Oregon Ducks in the Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham on Monday, Dec. 21.