UA basketball to host Mississippi Saturday

TUSCALOOSA, AL The University of Alabama men's basketball team returns home to close out the February portion of its schedule on Saturday against the University of Mississippi. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Coleman Coliseum with the contest broadcast on ESPN2.

The Crimson Tide has won three of its last four outings at Coleman Coliseum and carries a 14-13 overall record and a 4-9 mark in league play into the game after falling, 74-66, on Wednesday at Mississippi State.

Mississippi makes its annual trip to Tuscaloosa with an 18-9 record and 6-7 mark in SEC play after defeating Auburn, 85-75, in a come-from-behind victory on Wednesday in Oxford, Miss. That win snapped a three-game losing streak for Mississippi, which has dropped 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," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "Coach 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.

Saturday's meeting is the second between the two squads this season. Then No. 25 Mississippi won the first meeting, 74-67, in Oxford on February 6. Alabama is 35-5 all-time against the Rebels in Coleman Coliseum.

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.