Alabama men’s basketball ends an eight-day break from games when the Crimson Tide hosts the Stetson Hatters on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CST in Coleman Coliseum. Thursday's game will mark the Crimson Tide’s final non-conference contest of the 2016-17 season.
Alabama is coming off a 67-52 victory over Arkansas State in Huntsville at the Rocket City Classic. The Tide held the Red Wolves, who entered the contest with a 9-2 record and an NCAA RPI of 27, to single-game season lows in field goal percentage (.339), three-point field goal percentage (.250), and scoring.
Alabama and Stetson will meet for just the second time in series history. The only other meeting between the two programs came on Jan. 8, 1966 when the Tide captured a 75-50 victory.
Thursday's game will be televised on SEC Network+.
Alabama will play a true home game for just the second time in the month of December. The only other game played in Coleman Coliseum this month came on Dec. 15 (vs. Charleston Southern).
The Crimson Tide is led on the year by redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram, who tops the team in assists (3.7 apg), steals (1.2 spg), and three-point field goal percentage (.400), while ranking second in scoring (9.1 ppg) and minutes (25.8 mpg). Freshman Braxton Key tops the team in scoring (9.6 ppg) and minutes (26.8 mpg), while ranking second in rebounds (4.6 rpg) and assists (1.9).
Sophomore center Donta Hall tops the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (.641), while ranking second in blocks (1.7 bpg). Graduate senior Corban Collins, who missed the Tide's last game with a groin injury, is second on the team in three-point shooting (.395) and ranks third in scoring at 8.4 ppg.
Alabama is a perfect 6-0 when holding teams to fewer than 62 points, but falls to 0-5 when allowing the opposition to score more than 62.
The Crimson Tide comes into Thursday's game holding opponents to 62.0 points per game. That number ranks second in the SEC and 25th nationally (as of Dec. 27).
96 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Alabama will next be in action when it starts Southeastern Conference play on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Mississippi State. That contest will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.