Tide Hoops Ready for Intra-Squad Game

The Alabama basketball team will split its roster for the Crimson and White game Saturday at 6 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum. The intra-squad game will be a full-scale scrimmage.

"We're going to split the teams evenly to start off with," Head Coach Mark Gottfried said. "We may change at the half. We'll try to make it a competitive game, but I just think it's a good chance for all of fans to come and get to know these guys, get to know our team better."

The game will culminate the Tide's second week of practice, which began last Saturday at 6 a.m. In the squad's first scrimmage last Friday, Chuck Davis scored 32 points on 11-of-15 from the field and hit 10-of-10 free throw attempts. He added 11 rebounds. Kennedy Winston scored 19 points (8-of-21) in that scrimmage, Evan Brock scored 16 (7-of-17), and Earnest Shelton had 15 points (6-of-14).

"I feel like the first scrimmage was a learning experience, a time for a lot of the new guys to come out and learn something new," Shelton said. "Now this Saturday will be our second one and we'll be able to build on that."

Winston was one of five Southeastern Conference players voted first team All-SEC and Earnest Shelton was named to the second team Thursday. Mississippi State was predicted to win the SEC Western division and Alabama was second in the balloting with one first place vote.

The pre-season All-SEC men's first team consisted of Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts, who was also voted the Player of the Year, Florida's Anthony Roberson, Tennessee's Scooter McFadgon and Kentucky's Chuck Hayes and Winston.

Named to the second team was LSU's Brandon Bass, David Lee of Florida, Kentucky's Kelenna Azubuike, Ronnie Brewer of Arkansas and Shelton.

Gottfried returns four starters from 2004, Winston, Shelton, Davis and Jermareo Davidson, and will look to replace point guard Antoine Pettway with a freshman. Ronald Steele has pulled slightly ahead of Glen Miles and Al Weber.

"It feels good to have one scrimmage behind us," Steele said. "Going back and reviewing what we did, I think we did a lot of things well but we're still trying to get better. (The Crimson and White game) is real exciting for me, our first official event. For the older guys it's not a big deal but me, I'm really excited about it."

Said Winston of his younger teammate: "Ron's picked up things a lot quicker than the rest of the freshmen. Glen and Al have been coming along in the last week or so. (Steele) probably has a little bit more of an edge because he just about knows everything front and back right now."

The event is Alabama's fan night as well. Free team posters will be given out at the door and after the scrimmage, the players and the coaches will sign autographs. There will also be a Halloween costume contest at halftime. There will be two categories, one for kids and one for adults, with the winners in each category winning a pair of season tickets for the Tide's home games this season. Admisson to the Crimson and White game is free.

Alabama officially opens the season at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 19 against Western Carolina.

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