Men's Basketball Plays At Toledo
The Crimson Tide has played four games off campus this season at neutral sites, but Monday's contest will be its first on an opponent's home floor. It will also be the Tide's final non-conference game of the season before beginning Southeastern Conference play on Saturday at LSU.
"Toledo is a challenge for us in our first true road game," said Alabama Coach Anthony Grant. "Toledo is a young team that plays with a lot of energy. For us, as always, being able to guard the three-point line and limit their second-chance opportunities will be critical from a defensive standpoint. We'll also need to focus on the things that we can control like how hard we play and how unselfish we play in executing our game plan."
The Tide enters Monday's contest with a 9-4 record and has won six of its last eight games after defeating Tennessee State, 77-65, to close out 2009 last Wednesday. Of the Tide's four losses, three have come against teams that are currently ranked (Florida State, Purdue, Kansas State)
Meanwhile, Toledo is 3-10 this season and has dropped three straight games after falling at Illinois-Chicago, 66-52, on December 29, but all three of the Rockets' wins (Rochester, UMBC, IPFW) have come at Savage Arena.
Alabama has outscored its last two opponents by an average of 15.5 points and is averaging 80.3 points in its last three outings while Toledo has faced an average deficit of 10.5 points per game with all but one of the team's 10 losses coming by fewer than 10 points.
Forcing turnovers has been one of the Tide's strong suits of late and they could prove to be pivotal in the matchup with Alabama on average forcing four more turnovers than its opponents while the Rockets are forcing six fewer.
JaMychal Green is averaging 23.0 points in his last two games with 19 against Tennessee State after recording his 10th career double-double with a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds against Mercer. In addition to leading the team in scoring with 16 per game, he is also the squad's top rebounder with 7.0 per game and 2.5 blocks. Mikhail Torrance has led Alabama in scoring for most of the season and is averaging 15.5 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting with 5.5 assists per game and has scored in double-figures in 12 of the Tide's 13 games this season.
The Rockets are paced by Jake Barnett's 14.1 points per outing on 42 percent shooting from three-point range. Barnett is the only Rocket in double-figures with Justin Anyijong and Mouhamed Lo averaging 8.1 and 7.2 points, respectively.
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