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Tide, Minus Green, Ready for South Carolina

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The University of Alabama men's basketball team begins the final week of the regular season on Wednesday when it makes its biennial visit to South Carolina. Tipoff at Colonial Life Arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST with the contest being broadcast by ESPNU.

Alabama will be without sophomore forward Jamychal Green, who's been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

The Crimson Tide travels to Columbia where the Gamecocks are 11-4 this season. Overall, South Carolina is 14-14 and 5-9 in Southeastern Conference action.

"South Carolina is a team that has had its difficulties as of late, but I think, as well all know, they're very capable of beating anybody in this league on a given night with the games that they've had throughout the course of the SEC season," Alabama head coach Anthony Grant said.

The Gamecocks are led by standout Devan Downey who leads the SEC and is seventh in the nation in scoring with 22.5 points per game. Against conference competition, he is averaging 26.4 points per outing and accounts for 40 percent of the team's scoring in SEC games.

In its most recent game, the Crimson Tide fell to Mississippi, 76-73, to even its record at 14-14 this season and 4-10 in SEC play with its third straight loss.

Despite allowing three straight opponents to score 70 or more points, Alabama's defense remains tops in SEC play allowing just 64.4 points per game.

The team's field goal and three-point defense are both in the top five in the league with opponents converting on 42.6 percent of their field goals and 30.4 percent from behind the three-point arc. Mikhail Torrance leads the Tide in scoring with 15.5 points per game and is averaging 20.7 points in the last three games. Against Mississippi, he finished one point shy of recording his third straight 20-point game and has converted on 56 percent of his field goal attempts during that span.

Off the bench, Charvez Davis will try to provide an encore for his career-high 19-point performance on 5-of-8 shooting from three-point range against Mississippi.

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