Alabama knows that it will be the fifth seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference basketball tournament in Nashville. The Crimson Tide also knows that anything short of winning the tournament and Bama does not make the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, Bama has already assured itself of a winning SEC record as the Tide is at 10-7 with one game to play.
Nevertheless, Alabama has an important game to close regular season play Saturday.
That’s because Alabama is in Knoxville to play Tennessee, and the Tide vs. the Vols is always big.
Coach Avery Johnson’s Bama team is 17-12 on the season.
Tipoff against the Volunteers will be at 1 p.m. EST (Noon central time) Saturday in the only meeting of the two teams this season.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Tennessee is under first-year Coach Rick Barnes, a former Alabama assistant coach.
Tennessee and Alabama will play for the 146th time in series history – tied for the fifth-most games against any single opponent in Crimson Tide program history. UA owns a 78-67 lead in the all-time series, which ranks as the sixth-most victories against an opponent in the UA record books. The Tide enters the game having won two straight and six of the last eight in the series.
Alabama snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-55 victory over Ole Miss on Senior Night last Wednesday. The Tide used a 30-6 run that spanned halftime and lasted a total of 13:03 en route to its second straight win over the Rebels. Redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram connected on 9-of-10 shots from the field en route to a career-high 22 points. Freshman Braxton Key added 19 points, seven rebounds and a game-high five assists in the winning effort.