Green Vs. Ogilvy As Vandy Visits
Alabama hosts Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. CST Wednesday with regional television coverage by ESPN2. Both teams are 1-0 in SEC play, the Crimson Tide having gone to Baton Rouge and defeated LSU by a surprising 66-49 score, Vandy having defeated Florida in Nashville, 95-87, last Saturday.
Overall, Vanderbilt is 12-3 and Alabama is 11-4. Vanderbilt has won six straight games and is receiving votes in the national rankings. Of Bama's four losses, three have come at the hands of ranked teams.
Last year, Alabama and Vanderbilt split, the Commodores winning by 79-74 in Nashville, the Crimson Tide taking an 82-75 win in the opening round of the SEC Tournament in Tampa.
In Vanderbilt's 2009 win, A.J. Ogilvy had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Bama's JaMychal Green, a freshman last season, had 12 points and 10 rebounds in only 20 minutes of play. In the rematch in the SEC Tournament, Green had another double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds, but Ogilvy was held to eight points and eight rebounds.
"I like to match up against him," Green said. "He's one of the best post players in the nation." Ogilvy, 6-11, 250, is averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Green said Vanderbilt had skilled players and that Bama would have to "play to our identity and slow them down."
Asked about Bama being "thin up front," the 6-9, 220-pound sophomore said, "We're thin, but we're stronger than we look." Green is joined in the post by Justin Knox, 6-9, 240, while Mikhail Torrance (6-5) is the point guard and Senario Hillman (6-1) and Anthony Brock (5-9) are the wings.
Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said the win over LSU on the road was a good start, but he is looking at the challenge presented by Vanderbilt. "They've won six games in a row and they are playing as well as anybody in the league," he said. "I'm really impressed with the balance they have offensively. Defensively, I think they're really doing a great job of not only interior defense but on the perimeter as well."
Alabama's defense has held three straight to opponents to under 40 per cent shooting from the field with those three opponents averaging just 54.7 points and facing an average deficit of 15.3 points. Vanderbilt has scored 80 or more points five times during its six-game win streak. During that streak, the average margin of victory has been a staggering 25.8 points per game.
JaMychal Green and Mikhail Torrance lead Alabama with 15.6 and 15.5 points per game, respectively while Green leads a frontcourt that has outscored four straight opponents in the paint including racking up a 38-16 advantage at LSU.
Also on the perimeter, junior Senario Hillman has come on strong lately with four double-digit outings in his last five games.
Vanderbilt's offense, which averages a stout 79.3 points per game, boasts four scorers in double figures, led by Jeffery Taylor at 14.1.
Wednesday's game is part of the annual ‘Take a Kid to the Game' initiative with free youth tickets available with the purchase of an adult ticket. Adult tickets are $20 and available for purchase and print via www.rolltide.com or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 205-348-BAMA.
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