Something New From Alabama

Alabama had something new for Auburn Saturday afternoon at Coleman Coliseum, and not just better play than the Tide exhibited earlier this year. Bama wore new uniforms for the final home game, grey jerseys and shorts with crimson trim.

"We've had them all year," Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said of the uniforms following the game. "We're 1-0 in them, so you may see them again."

Alabama started all three of its seniors on Senior Day. Two of them, Mikhail Torrance and Anthony Brock, are regular starters. Greg Cage, who had a total of 24 minutes in six games, got his first start. Cage got an early hustle putback basket and was given a standing ovation when he departed after playing a little over three minutes. Cage also played in the final minute of the game and scored another basket as the Tide cruised to a 73-61 victory.

The win broke a four-game winning streak for Auburn in the series. The Tigers had defeated Alabama 58-57 in Auburn earlier this season.

Alabama is now all-time 85-56 against Auburn, including a 42-8 record in Tuscaloosa and 36-6 mark in Coleman Coliseum.

Justin Knox, who started at South Carolina when JaMychal Green was suspended for one game, also started in place of Green Saturday. When Knox got two early fouls, he was replaced not by Green, but by Senario Hillman--a former starter who lost his starting job when he was suspended earlier this season. Green did enter the game early in the first half.

Ricardo Ratliffe, the 6-9, 220-pound star at Central Florida Junior College, is expected to make a recruiting visit to Alabama Sunday. Ratliffe was visiting Arkansas Saturday. He is also considering Clemson, Missouri, and Connecticut.

At halftime, Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban accepted the ODK Foy Trophy, which is presented to the winner of the Alabama-Auburn game. Alabama defeated Auburn, 26-21, en route to a 14-0 season and the national championship in 2009.

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