Alabama Basketball Hosts Ole Miss

This is not likely to be a good year for the Alabama men's basketball game. Until the Crimson Tide is eliminated in post-season play there is always a chance for success, but the record says that the end to a mediocre season is near.

In a season of disappointments, including three Southeastern Conference losses by a single point, the greatest disappointment is the loss Alabama suffered earlier this year against Ole Miss.

Alabama had a 24-point second half lead against the Rebels, then ranked 25th in the nation. Mississippi took control of the game in every aspect in the second half and won 74-67.

The Crimson Tide will host Mississippi at 1 p.m. CST Saturday in Coleman Coliseum. ESPN2 will televise the game.

Bama has won three of its last four games in Coleman Coliseum. Bama is 14-13 overall and 4-9 in Southeastern Conference games. Alabama is 35-5 all-time against the Rebels in Coleman Coliseum.

Bama is coming off a 74-66 loss to Mississippi State, while the Rebels are coming off another monumental come-from-behind win, overcoming a double digit deficit against Auburn, 85-75, in Oxford last Saturday.

Ole Miss has an 18-9 overall record and 6-7 record in SEC games. The win over Auburn snapped a three-game losing streak for the Rebels. Ole Miss, the pre-season favorite to win the SEC Western Division, has lost five of its last seven games.

"Ole Miss has got some very good players, they're a talented group that has been together for a couple of years now," Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said. "Coach (Andy) Kennedy and his staff have done a great job coaching them. Those guys believe that as long as there's time on the clock they have an opportunity to win and they've shown that."

Mississippi boasts one of the top backcourts in the league with Chris Warren is averaging 16.7 points per game and converting on nearly 40 percent of his three-point attempts. Terrico White and Eniel Polynice are also averaging double figures with 14.7 and 10.2 points per game, respectively.

Despite allowing two straight opponents to score 70 or more points, Alabama's defense remains tops in SEC play allowing just 63.5 points per game. The team's three-point defense is second in the league with opponents converting on just 28.4 percent of their three-point attempts in league games.

Offensively, Mikhail Torrance leads the Tide in scoring with 15.3 points per game after back-to-back 20-point performances including a game-high 23 points at Mississippi State. Inside threat JaMychal Green trails closely with 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Green scored 18 points and got to the free-throw line a career-high 14 times in the first meeting with Mississippi.

Fans attending Saturday's game will also be able to use their ticket to gain free admittance to Saturday's baseball game at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The Crimson Tide hosts Illinois-Chicago with first pitch slated for 12:05 p.m.

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