Tide Basketball Heads To Georgia

The University of Alabama basketball team remains on the road for the second game in a row as the Crimson Tide, 11-6 overall and 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference, plays at the University of Georgia, 9-5, 0-1, on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. CT.



There is no live television for the game. It will air, tape-delayed, on CSS (Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast) at 9 p.m. CT on Wednesday night. Fans can listen to the game on radio, live, on the Crimson Tide Sports Network's affiliates and on Sirius 110.

Alabama heads into Athens with two men who lead the SEC in scoring and rebounding. Junior power forward Richard Hendrix is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds at 19.2 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. He leads the SEC in rebounding in all games and in league play where he averages 13.5 rebounds. He leads the SEC in double doubles with nine so far this season, including his 17 points and 11 rebounds at Arkansas on Sunday. Junior guard Alonzo Gee leads the SEC in scoring in league play with his 23.5 points per SEC game average, highlighted by 32 points against Florida in Alabama's opener and 15 at Arkansas.

Georgia is led by junior guard Billy Humphrey's 13.5 points and senior guard Sundiata Gaines' 13.0 points per game and 5.9 rebounds. Gaines is closing in, with three more to go, on the 400 career assists mark going into Wednesday night's game.

"We've got another big challenge," said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried whose Alabama team is averaging 78.2 points after 17 games. "Going on the road in this league is always difficult. I looked back and watched their Georgia Tech game a few days back. They looked really good. They looked really good playing at times with Mississippi State, and before that they went out to Gonzaga. I liked how they played out there. They played well. We've got to play well. I think Gaines for them has been one of the best guards in this league. I think he's so physical and so strong that he gives you all kinds of match-up problems. Humphrey is playing great. He's shooting the ball really well. Georgia plays physical. They're aggressive. They get after you. It's a physical type game every time you play them, so we've got to get ready for that as well."

Tide sophomore starting forward Demetrius Jemison played against the Bulldogs last season and has watched them on television and on film with their 2008 version and agrees that Georgia is a physical team.

"Georgia is a big, physical, strong team that just wants to get up into you and be real physical with you around the basket and outside on your guards. So we want to be physical and strong with them and box them out, make sure they stop the glass," said Jemison who averages 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds this season.

The series between the Tide and the Bulldogs dates to Athens, Ga., circa 1922 when Alabama defeated Georgia 20-17 and would go on to win five in a row against the Bulldogs before Georgia collected its first series win in 1935 in a game played in Athens. Since that time, Alabama leads the overall series 87-45, including last year's 78-76 win in Tuscaloosa powered by 21 points from Gee and last minute heroics from point guard Ronald Steele who made a 3-point shot with 52 seconds remaining in the game to tie Alabama with Georgia at 76-76 followed by a jumper as time expired to lift Alabama to the win.

Alabama will return from Athens to prepare to host Mississippi State in Tuscaloosa on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. Tickets for that game can be purchased through Alabama's website www.rolltide.com , by calling 1-877-TIDETIX or at the Athletic Ticket Box Office in Coleman Coliseum.

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