Alabama brings a 14-3 overall and 1-2 SEC record into the game. The Tide, which has a 16-game home win streak on the line, will attempt to bounce back from a 94-73 loss at Vanderbilt on Wednesday night. Georgia brings an 11-5 overall and 3-1 SEC record into the game. The Bulldogs won on the road 67-64 at Arkansas on Wednesday.
"In this league you better get ready to play every night and Georgia proved Wednesday night just how good a basketball team they are. We need to bounce back, obviously, from a tough loss at Vanderbilt. We will definitely understand how good Georgia is and how good this league is," said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried who will turn 43 on game day. "They're quick, very quick. Their guards are good. They penetrate well. They've added a new player from a year ago inside, (Takais) Brown. He's the second leading scorer which gives him a post scorer that maybe they did not have in the past. But their guards are so good and they are so quick that you've got your hands full guarding them."
All five of Alabama's starters average in double digits in scoring, led by sophomore forward Richard Hendrix's 14.9 points a game. Hendrix has had eight double doubles in points and rebounds this season, including 14 points and 10 rebounds at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. He is shooting 60.8% from the field 17 games into the season. Two other Alabama players are within a fraction of him in scoring as sophomore forward Alonzo Gee is averaging 14.5 points and Davidson is averaging 14.2 points to go with 9.3 rebounds. Junior guard Mykal Riley averages 12.8 points and junior point guard Ronald Steele, still slowed by a left ankle sprain in December is averaging 10.1 points.
The game marks the 132nd meeting between Alabama and Georgia. Alabama leads the series with 86 wins to 46 wins by Georgia.
Tip-off is at 12:30 p.m. CST. The game will be nationally televised on CBS.
The first 1,000 fans with tickets will collect a free "Jermareo Davidson Growth Chart." Life size at the Crimson Tide senior center's full height of 6-foot-10 and ½, basketball fans big and small can mark where they measure up against the All-Southeastern Conference player and John R. Wooden candidate.