Tide shoots for winning record

After evening its season mark at 1-1 with last week's win over Louisiana Tech, Alabama faces Southeastern Louisiana in a Tuesday-night game at Coleman Coliseum.

Tip-off in Coleman Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are available and may be purchased at the door. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $9 for kids aged 15 and under.

Southeastern Louisiana is 1-0 on the season. "We're not in any position to overlook anybody on our schedule," Tide Head Coach Mark Gottfried said. "We need to be mentally ready to play Tuesday night."

Averaging 15 points per game, Chuck Davis leads the Tide in scoring. (AP photo)

Both teams come into this game fresh from wins against teams from Louisiana. Alabama defeated Louisiana Tech 69-63 on Friday night, led by sophomore forward Kennedy Winston's 24 points and a UA career first double-double from his fellow sophomore Chuck Davis who had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

"I still stay with what I've been saying: we're not very good right now," Gottfried said. "We've got to get a lot better. There are so many things we want to work on, just not enough time in each day. But we're going to get better as we go."

SLU played at home on Saturday night and defeated Wiley College 73-56.

Key Game Notes

  • Among the fans expected to be at courtside at the SLU game is former NBA star and Tide player Derrick McKey
  • Mark Gottfried collected his 100th victory as Alabama's head coach (100-62) in Friday night's win vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Game marks only second time these two schools have played one another in men's basketball; Alabama leads series 1-0 after a 92-63 Tuscaloosa win in 2001
  • SLU assistant coach Steve Prohm is a former University of Alabama men's basketball manager
  • Alabama freshman Jermareo Davidson and SLU senior Amir Abdur-Rahim (Shareef's brother) both played for Wheeler High School in Atlanta

The Lions roster features Amir Abdur-Rahim, younger brother of Atlanta Hawks forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Amir Abdur-Rahim, a 6-3 senior guard who scored 9 points in SLU's season opener, went to the same high school, Atlanta's Wheeler High, as Crimson Tide freshman Jermareo Davidson. SLU also has a tie to Alabama on its coaching staff. SLU assistant coach Steve Prohm was a Tide basketball manager. He graduated from Alabama in 1997.

While Alabama has been starting three sophomores, a junior and a senior in its lineup, SLU starts three seniors and two juniors in its more veteran squad. "They are a senior dominated team," Gottfried said of Tuesday's opponent. "I think three of their starters are seniors so they've got a lot more experience than we do. They are going to come in here probably with a little confidence in that with their experience, so, like every game, we've got to be ready to play."

Three Alabama players go into the game with double digit scoring averages just two games into the season. Davis leads the team with 15.0 points a game. Winston is averaging 13.5 points and Antoine Pettway is averaging 12.0 points a game. Davidson is Alabama's rebounding leader with an 8.5 average after two games.

Gottfried talked about where his team is now on offense. "We're getting good shots offensively but not shooting a good percentage and that concerns us. We're probably executing our offense better than we have in the last year or two but shooting a lower percentage so we've got to figure out how to correct that and go from there."

The Head Coaches

Gottfried has coached five seasons at Alabama. (AllSport)

University of Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried is in his sixth season as head coach at his Alma Mater, the University of Alabama. Gottfried has coached for 13 years, compiling an overall record of 168-87 (.659%). His record at Alabama is 100-62 for a winning percentage of .617%. Gottfried has taken seven teams to the post-season, including four NCAA tournament appearances (1997 & 1998 at Murray State and 2002 & 2003 at UA); and three NITs (1999 and 2001 at UA and 1996 at Murray State).

A graduate of Southeastern Louisiana, Billy Kennedy is now in his fifth season at his alma mater (37-74). Overall Kennedy has compiled a 61-108 record in seven complete seasons as head coach.

Freshman Leads Under the Boards

Alabama freshman Jermareo Davidson is making a quick strike at his collegiate career. While it's obviously early in the season, he's averaging 29 minutes on the floor after two games. He leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 a game (he had ten in his collegiate debut against Pitt), and is averaging 6.5 points a game.

Davis Finds Himself Leading Team In Scoring

By the end of his freshman season last year, Chuck Davis had played in only 13 games and averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds. That's because he was a freshman playing behind a veteran group.

After two games this season, the sophomore forward from Selma finds himself leading Alabama in scoring with 15 points a game after scoring 20 points in Bama's season opener against Pittsburgh and 10 against Louisiana Tech this past Friday night. Davis is averaging 7.5 rebounds a game as well. He collected his first UA career double double against Louisiana Tech on Friday night when he scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.


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