Tide Did The Job Against Rebels Star

Though he ended the game with 15 points, for the majority of Alabama's 74-64 win over Ole Miss, Rebels leading scorer, Chris Warren, was inactive and ineffective. At various times, Bama used Charvez Davis, Trevor Releford, and Senario Hillman to guard Warren. The second leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference did not get on the board with a field goal until only 1:16 remained in the contest.



"He's a great player," Alabama Coach Anthony Grant said of Ole Miss guard Chris Warren. "He's one of the guys with the ability to score from the perimeter. He was a big focus for us, and I thought our guys did a good job of locking in, and defending him. Some of it was him, as well. We were fortunate to be able to do as good a job as we did (on Warren)."  

Trevor Releford said, "That's what we do We're a defensive team. The coaches told us to come out there and sell out, so that's what we did, for 40 minutes."  

    Warren's stat line showed him making 2-of-10 from the floor, 1-for-4 behind the arc, and 10-12 at the foul line, where he did most of his damage. Warren came in averaging 18.7 points per game.

     Said Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy: "They were obviously very aware of where Chris was at all times. Most every time he came off a ball screen he was facing a double-team. We knew they were going to be very scrappy. Their defensive reputation preceded them."

Warren sat out six of the last 20 minutes of the game. "He needed time to regroup," said Kennedy. "He expends a lot of energy running around."

Warren had plenty of praise for the Tide. "They were aggressive," he said. "They were a real scrappy team. They are top (five) in the nation in defense, and that's what they showed tonight.

"When they would send the double-team, I would get the ball out and they would cover it. We came out tentative, and these are the results."

Warren's teammates noticed.

Terrance Henry said, "Yeah, Coach (Kennedy) was telling us before the game that we were going to have to play off Chris (Warren), because they were going to be looking to deny him any good looks, and they did a good job  of that.

"It was either that (Alabama) was going to come out flat from the (Vanderbilt) loss Thursday, or they were going to come out with something to prove; they came out with something to prove."

NOTES: Alabama has now won 11 of their last 13 games, and 14 straight at home dating back to last season...

Warren is the nation‘s top free throw shooter (.949 coming in), and actually had two misses Saturday...

Freshman guard Charles Hankerson checked in at the 11:26 mark of the first half. He seems to be edging his way into Grant's playing rotation now that he's recovered from a December auto accident...

In the rare moments Releford rested, Mitchell took a more active role bringing the ball up against the Ole Miss press…

Rebs' guard Nick Williams hails from Mobile, but the 6-4 sophomore began his career at Indiana. He's a LeFlore High grad. Williams started and scored five points, and grabbed five boards…

Alabama's biggest lead in the first half was 21 points (45-24) at the 2:02 mark on a Trevor Releford lay-up. For the game, the largest lead was 23 points with 15:59 left on a Mitchell jumper…

Fans at Coleman Saturday were treated to a halftime performance by a multi-colored "Human Slinky." This one falls in the "you had to be there" department…

Alabama's 47 first half points are tied for its most this season. UA also scored 47 in a 79-60 win over Troy on Nov. 15. Alabama's most points in any half this season is 48 at Mississippi State on Jan. 8. In its last three games, UA is averaging 41.3 first half points…

Alabama scored its first bucket with its 91st dunk of the season and the 26th from JaMychal Green. The Tide has now opened scoring with a dunk twice this season…

Though he did not start, Mitchell broke the 20-point barrier for the fourth straight game with 20 points…

The sellout crowd of 15,383 marked twice in 20 hours Coleman Coliseum was filled to the rafters, as the same happened Friday night during Bama's 101st consecutive gymnastics victory over Auburn

The Tide blocked 11 shots (led by Green's six), and the Rebs swatted away eight… Ole Miss edged Bama 37-35 on the boards…

Bama's bench outscored Ole Miss' reserves 28-20, a stat skewed by Mitchell's not starting…

The Tide enjoyed a 23-14 advantage in points off turnovers, a key in a 10-point victory…

At 15-8, 8-2 in the SEC, Alabama is in the Western division driver's seat, and continues to battle Florida for the overall league title. The Gators started the day a half game up, and hosted Tennessee Saturday night…

In the final 2:17, when the Rebels were forced to foul, Alabama converted 7-for-9 the foul line to preserve its lead… 

Alabama travels to LSU Thursday for an 8 p.m. CST tip on either ESPN or ESPN2. Ole Miss dropped to 16-9, 4-6.

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