Bama/Wisconsin game notes

Alabama faces its second nationally ranked team of the season when it plays host to Wisconsin. Alabama played top 25-ranked Pittsburgh (lost 71-62) in its November 14 season opener.

Key Game Notes

  • The first 1,000 fans through the gate get a free UA team puzzle
  • Bama comes into the game off its 101-44 win against Mercer on Saturday night, the largest win margin (57 points) the Tide has ever had in Coleman Coliseum (which opened in January 1968)
  • Alabama leads 2-0 in the series against Wisconsin
  • These two teams haven't played one another since 1981. Alabama won 66-62 at Wisconsin in 1980 then hosted and won 90-75 in 1981.
  • Four Alabama players are averaging in double digits nine games into the season, lead by Earnest Shelton's 17.3, 16.1 from Kennedy Winston, 10.9 from Chuck Davis and 10.1 from Emmett Thomas.

Tide Schedule Challenging With a "Champions Row"

The Crimson Tide play one of the nation's best schedules this season. This year's schedule has Alabama facing champions from the Big East (Pittsburgh), Ohio Valley (Austin Peay), PAC 10 (Oregon), Atlantic Sun (Mercer), Atlantic 10 (Xavier), and Big 10 (Wisconsin).

Probable Starting lineups

Alabama (7-2, 0-0 SEC)

No.  Name              Hometown       Ht/Wt/CL      Ppg/Rpg/Apg
F-03 Kennedy Winston   Prichard       6-6, 205, SO  16.1/5.8
F-01 Chuck Davis       Selma          6-7, 230, SO  10.9/6.2
F-33 Jermareo Davidson Atlanta, Ga.   6-11, 200, FR  6.3/5.7
G-50 Antoine Pettway   Alberta        6-0, 170, SR   8.6/2.7/4.4
G-05 Earnest Shelton   Memphis, Tenn. 6-3, 200, JR  17.3/3.4/3.0

No. 19 Wisconsin (8-1, 0-0 Big 10)

No.  Name           Hometown           Ht/Wt/CL      Ppg/Rpg/Apg
G-12 Boo Wade       Milwaukee, Wisc.   6-3, 185, SO   6.3/3.1/2.2
G-24 Freddie Owens  Milwaukee, Wisc.   6-2, 190, SR  10.4/3.7/0.67
G-34 Devin Harris   Milwaukee, Wisc.   6-3, 175, JR  16.2/4.6/5.9
F-42 Alando Tucker  Lockport, Illinois 6-5, 205, SO  14.0/4.5
F-54 Mike Wilkinson Blue Mounds, Wisc. 6-8, 240, JR  11.1/6.9

No Holiday Week for Bama With Top-20 Ranked Wisconsin

While people all over the world are still celebrating the holidays, the University of Alabama's week will be its toughest business week to date this season.

The Crimson Tide, 7-2 overall, ends its non-conference season with a bang, hosting No. 19 AP/No. 15 ESPN/USA Today Wisconsin, 8-1,on Tuesday night, December 30th, at 8 p.m. CT, then ends its non-conference run on Saturday, January 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Xavier.

Wisconsin, 71-48 winners against Ohio on Saturday night in the Rock-NRoll Shootout in Cleveland, was ranked No. 19 AP and No. 15 ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls for the week of December 23rd. Xavier, 6-4 after its December 28 win against Elon. Xavier received rankings votes in the first three national rankings polls, dropping out December 8 from receiving votes.

Lots Of TV Coverage on Wisconsin Game

Two live television broadcasts will take place on the floor of Coleman Coliseum Tuesday night when Alabama plays host to Wisconsin. Fox Sports South is televising the game with Dave Neal calling the play-by- play and Eddie Fogler, a familiar face to Bama fans as South Carolina's former coach, serving as the broadcast team's analyst.

ESPN Regional is also staffing a crew and broadcasting the game. That broadcast coverage will go into homes in the Wisconsin area (and surrounding areas).

Both Teams Coming Off Big Wins & 5-Game Win Streaks

Both Alabama and Wisconsin come into Tuesday night's game after relatively easy wins on Saturday night. Alabama set the Coleman Coliseum largest margin of victory record--57 points--when it defeated Mercer 101- 44.

Wisconsin played Ohio University in the Rock-N-Roll Shootout in Cleveland and left with a 71-48 win.

One of the two teams in Tuesday night's game will have a five-game win streak snapped. Alabama's five game streak includes Charlotte, Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Oregon and Mercer. Wisconsin, whose only loss came in overtime at Maryland (73-67 on December 2) has a five-game streak that includes Detroit, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette and Ohio University.

Both Teams Have Four Averaging Double Digits Scoring

Both Alabama and Wisconsin have four men who average double digits in scoring.

Leading all is Alabama's junior guard Earnest Shelton who scored 20 against Mercer Saturday night and is averaging 17.3 points a game. Bama's sophomore forward Kennedy Winston, who became eligible to play in January of last season, is now averaging 16.1 points a game. Sophomore Chuck Davis, who played in only 13 games his entire freshman season and averaged 1.5 points, has adjusted to his role as starter (Bama lost four starters from last year's NCAA tournament team) and has started in all nine games and is averaging 10.9 points a game. And Emmett Thomas, a senior who transferred to Alabama from Bevill State last year, is coming off the bench and averaging 10.1 points a game for the Tide.

Junior guard Devin Harris leads Wisconsin with 16.2 points a game. Starting sophomore forward Alando Tucker averages 14.0. Starting junior forward Mike Wilkinson averages 11.1 points, and starting senior guard Freddie Owens is averaging 10.4 points a game.

Bama Spends Holidays With Community Spirit

There are no classes for the next week so Bama's players are able to concentrate on their basketball. The team is also remembering the holiday season's meaning. The players and coaches and even Coach Mark

Gottfried's three oldest children went straight from their December 26th afternoon practice to Tuscaloosa's Salvation Army and served dinner to members of the community who rely on the Salvation Army for shelter and meals.

Winston Leads Team With 8 Straight Double Digits

Sophomore forward Kennedy Winston has scored in double digits in eight straight games now. He opened the season with a paltry three against top-25 ranked Pittsburgh but quickly rebounded with, in order, 24 against Louisiana Tech, 19 against Southeastern Louisiana, 12 at Providence, 11 against Charlotte, 15 against Austin Peay, 20 against Chattanooga, 27 against Oregon in the Las Vegas Shootout, and 14 against Mercer.

Winston played his first collegiate game on January 8, 2003 against Arkansas. In 26 UA career games, he's now scored in double digits in 18 of those.

Earnest Shelton has reached double digits in his last seven games, Chuck Davis in his last three, Emmett Thomas in his last three and Antoine Pettway in his last two games.

Tide's Emmett Thomas Leads SEC In An Individual High

The SEC breaks down individual game performances and lists the best, and Bama senior Emmett Thomas holds one of the top spots.

In the December 26 SEC stats release, Thomas ranks first in the 3-point Percentage category with his 5 of 6 performance (.833%) against Providence on November 29th.

Thomas has made 51.9% of all of his shots from that long range. He's 14 of 27 from the 3-point line.

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