Alabama/SEC basketball notes

Mens basketball notes for Alabama and the Tide's next three opponents: LSU (Saturday, February 1), Arkansas (Wednesday, February 5) and Florida (Saturday, February 8). <br><br>The Crimson Tide had a week to work on what's ailing, following a three-game losing skid that included losses to Auburn, Ole Miss and Kentucky.

Alabama Crimson Tide

In Alabama's 63-46 loss to Kentucky the Tide was held to only five field goals in each half. For the game, Alabama shot 24 percent (10-42) from the field. Emmett Thomas led the way offensively for Alabama with 13 points. The Tide held a 36-32 rebounding edge on the Wildcats. Alabama had no mid-week game this week so its next game is at home Saturday, February 1 when it hosts LSU in a 4 p.m. SEC-TV game.
  • Alabama's loss versus Kentucky ended their school record 28-game home winning streak.
  • Senior forward Erwin Dudley continues to be the only player in the league to average double digits in both scoring (13.6) and rebounding (10.3), a feat he's accomplished for most of the season.
  • Dudley was the only player in the league to finish averaging the double-double in 2001, his sophomore year).
  • Dudley, who leads the league in rebounding, had back-to-back games where he hit double digits in rebounding with 11 boards at Ole Miss and 12 rebounds against Kentucky.

LSU Tigers

Tigers were 0-2 last week, losing at Arkansas on Wednesday, 73-65, and then at Mississippi State, 67-64, Saturday. In the Mississippi State game, the Tigers were down 12 points with 53 seconds to play in the game. Mississippi State had one turnover and two missed front ends of one and ones while LSU was collecting a layup from Jaime Lloreda and threes from Darrel Mitchell, Torris Bright and Ronald Dupree to cut the game to one point with 11 seconds to play. Mississippi State made two free throws and LSU missed on a last-play three-pointer to stymie the comeback.
  • LSU hosted its third top-10 ranked team of the season in Florida at the Maravich Assembly Center for ESPN's Super Tuesday telecast.
  • The Tigers earlier this season defeated No. 1 Arizona on ESPN and No. 7 Mississippi State and will try to become the second LSU team to defeat three teams ranked in the top 10 in the AP poll in the same season.
  • LSU leads the overall series, 54-34, but Florida has won the last five.
  • LSU leads the series, 31-10, in games played in Baton Rouge.

Arkansas Razorbacks

After cutting a 10-point second-half deficit to one, Arkansas went more than 11 minutes before its next field goal as Ole Miss pulled away for a 73-54 victory last Saturday. Arkansas turned the ball over 20 times at Ole Miss, marking the sixth time this year the Razorbacks have lost the ball 20 or more times in a game. Sophomore Michael Jones had 11 points for the Razorbacks while Gomez had a game-high nine rebounds to go with six points. Ferguson had nine points and six rebounds.
  • The Razorbacks which were ranked last in the league in free throw shooting most of the year, made 16 of 21 against LSU (.762) and 16 of 22 against Ole Miss (.727) for a combined percentage of .744 over the last two games.
  • Jones is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over the last two games.
  • Arkansas' rebounding margin has improved from -8.7 last year to +8.3 this year.
  • The Razorbacks held a 34-30 rebounding edge over the Rebels.
  • Arkansas is holding opponents to an average of 64.4 points per game and scoring 63.4 points per game.
  • If those figures hold, it would be the lowest averages allowed and scored by Arkansas since 1985.

Florida Gators

The Gators won their 12th consecutive game the previous Wednesday night, defeating Vanderbilt 87-75. David Lee had a career high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year. Anthony Roberson had 20 off the bench, his sixth game of 20+ points this season. Brett Nelson had a season-high 14 points, while Matt Walsh added 13 as the Gators put four players in double figures. The Gators got a combined 10 three-pointers from four different players, the sixth time in the last eight games the Gators have reached double figures in three-pointers.
  • The streak is the second longest in school history and pushed the Gators to 16-2, the best start in UF history.
  • The 12-game winning streak is the second longest in Florida history, trailing only last year's 14-game winning streak.
  • The 5-0 start in SEC play also matched the best start in school history (1993-94 and 1960-61).
  • The win was also the Gators' 14th straight at home overall.
  • The Gators had the weekend off and returned to action against LSU Tuesday night.

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