Alabama Men’s Basketball Looking to Make Shots, Rebound and Defend Ole Miss

Alabama (17-13, 8-10) spent Wednesday afternoon preparing for a first round SEC Tournament game against Ole Miss (20-11, 10-8) at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. The 10th seeded Tide takes on the seventh seeded Rebels on Thursday evening scheduled to be broadcast on the SEC Network at 6 PM CT.

Belgian born (Antwerp) Retin Obasohan has performed brilliantly on both ends of the court throughout the season earning First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive honors.  The consistent 20-plus point scorer (20.6 ppg) in league games needs double-digit individual offensive production from mutiple teammates if the Tide is to advance in the SEC Tournament.  Alabama ranks at the bottom of the conference in scoring (66.6 ppg) but near second in points surrendered (67.1 ppg). 

Avery Johnson met with the media outside the locker room after practice.  Make shots, rebound and defend is the stated strategy the first-year head coach feels is the winning formula for Alabama.   Two-thirds of the 45-minute workout was dedicated to shooting drills allowing the team to become acclimated to the rims, lights and court.  Defensive reaction and movement was emphasized the final 15-minutes. 

Mississippi Coach Andy Kennedy addressed media members at courtside.  The Rebels are led the by league’s top scorer, Stefan Moody ( 23.4 ppg).  Slowing down the senior guard will be imperative if Alabama is to prevail.

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