Tide Basketball Has Doubleheader

For the second consecutive game, the Alabama men's basketball team will take on a team coming off a loss to Vanderbilt. Last week the Tide defeated Mercer, 90-71, a few days after Mercer had fallen to the Commodores by 40 points.

On Wednesday evening at Coleman Coliseum, the Crimson Tide will host Tennessee State. As part of a double-header with the Alabama women's team, the game will tipoff at approximately 7:30 p.m. CST in Coleman Coliseum.  

The final game in the Athletic Ticket Office's special holiday pricing, all tickets for Wednesday's game are $5. Additionally, a ticket for the men's game will gain admittance to the women's game against Southern Mississippi which begins at at 5 p.m.

Tennessee State has a 3-9 record and will be the Tigers' first game since a December 19 loss to Vanderbilt by an 84-71 margin. Last season the Tigers fell 75-66 in Tuscaloosa. However, the squad is now under the direction of first-year coach John Cooper, a long-time Auburn assistant.

Grant said that Tennessee State will play "very similar to the way we want to play. They're a team that tries to press for the entire game and really tries to play up-tempo. It will be a challenge for us to make sure we take care of the basketball and do a good job defending them."

  Alabama enters Wednesday's game with an 8-4 record after last Wednesday's 90-71 win over visiting Mercer.  

"Our guys had three days to get away and spend some time with their family," Grant said. "I think it was needed for our guys and for our team. Now we're going to have to see how we respond to that. We've had a couple days of practice to get ourselves back to where we need to be and get our focus where it needs to be. We'll have to see how we respond."

This is Bama's final home non-conference game before starting Southeastern Conference play. The Tide will go to Toledo for a final non-SEC game on January 4, then begin league play at LSU January 9. Alabama will be home to Vanderbilt on January 13.

JaMychal Green was SEC Player of te Week as he scored a career-high 27 points in the win over Mercer and hauled in 13 rebounds for his 10th career double-double. Green leads the Crimson Tide this season with 15.8 points per outing and 6.9 rebounds.  

The Tigers are led by Josh Sain's 14.6 points per game while Robert Covington is the only other Tiger averaging double-figures with 10.6 per game.  

"I think defensively we've got to do a better job of tightening up in terms of our ability to contain and rebound the basketball," Grant said. "On the offensive end, guys are understanding what their roles are and what we need to get accomplished as a team. Those are things we've harped on all season and things that will be needed once we start conference play."

The front end of the doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. CST with the Crimson Tide women coming off an eight-day break. The Bama team of Coach Wendell Hudson is 7-5. Southern Miss is 4-7.

"Coming off the break we've had four really good practices," said Hudson. "We've been concentrating on renewing the way we played last week and also added a couple of new things. We're looking forward to seeing that all come together tomorrow in our final tune-up before we begin conference play."

In its last outing December 21, Alabama romped over Presbyterian, 71-38. Sophomore Ericka Russell led the Tide with 13 points.

Tickets for Wednesday's contest are available online at RollTide.com or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 205-348-BAMA.  

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