Bama men's basketball vs. LSU - Game Notes

Game 25 at LSU
Feb. 17, 2011 • 8 p.m. CST
Baton Rouge, La. • Maravich Center (13,215)

• SEC Western Division leading Alabama returns to the road for its second meeting of the season against LSU.

• The Crimson Tide has won 11 of its last 13 games after defeating Mississippi, 74-64, in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to improve to 16-8 overall and 8-2 in league play.

• Alabama's 8-2 start to SEC play is its best start since beginning the 2001-02 SEC season at 10-3.

• The Tide's eight SEC wins are its most since winning 10 league games in 2005-06.

• In the Tide's last 13 games, only five opponents (Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Mississippi) have scored more than 60 points in regulation.

• UA's defense is surrendering just 58.4 points per game, the eighth-best average in the nation.

• Alabama has held all 24 opponents and all 10 SEC foes to an average of just 0.83 points per possession, tied for the best mark in the nation with Texas.

• Additionally, opponents are converting on just 36.8 percent of their field goals, the third-best  percentage in the nation.

• That defense will face an LSU squad that is averaging 62.7 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field.

• LSU has dropped eight straight games and owns a 2-8 record in SEC games and is 10-15 overall with eight of its wins coming at home.

• The majority of Alabama's offense has come around the basket as no opponent has outscored UA in the paint this season.

• Alabama leads the all-time series with LSU by a 99-66 margin and has won three straight and eight of the last 10 against the Tigers.

Who to Watch 

• Sophomore Tony Mitchell is coming off his fourth straight 20-point game and is averaging 22.3 points in those four outings and has averaged 17.4 points per game in SEC play.

• JaMychal Green trails closely in SEC scoring with 17.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in SEC games. He recorded his sixth double-double of the season last Thursday and an SEC leading 19th of his career.

• Trevor Releford, a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, has averaged 11.5 points on 49.4 percent shooting with 3.8 assists per game against SEC foes, the third best average in the league this season and tops among freshmen.

Tide Travels to LSU 

• SEC West leader Alabama makes its annual trip to Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday evening  to face the 10-15 Tigers.

• Alabama has won 11 of its last 13 games to get off to its best start in SEC play since 2001-02.

• The Crimson Tide has already exceeded its SEC win total from last season and the eight wins are the most since 2005-06's 10 SEC wins.

• Alabama is 717-542 (.569) in SEC games, the second most conference wins in the league  behind only Kentucky.

• The Tide is 3-2 in SEC road games this season and 2-1 on Western Division opponents' home floors.

A WIN Would ... 

• Make the Tide 17-8 on the season and 9-2 in conference action.

• Match last year's win total at 17 wins.

• Be the Tide's first 9-2 start to conference play since 2001-02.

• Be Alabama's 12th win in its last 14 games.

• Make Alabama 6-1 against the Western Division

• Be the Tide's 1,516th all-time win.

• Be Anthony Grant's 110th win as a head coach.

• Make UA 100-66 all-time against LSU and 17-23 against LSU in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

• Be the Tide's fourth straight win over the Tigers.

A LOSS would ... 

• Make Alabama 16-9 this season and 8-3 in league play.

• Be the Tide's second straight road loss and the third in six league road games.

• Make Alabama 99-67 all-time against the Tigers and snap the Tide's three-game win streak over LSU.

1,000-Point Club Watch 

• JaMychal Green's first free throw at Auburn gave him 1,000 points in his career to become the 43rd UA player to earn the honor.

• He currently has 1,101 career points in his three seasons and passed Jimmy Hollon for 40th all-time in scoring at UA.

• He needs nine points to join Terrence Meade in 39th.

• Teammate Senario Hillman needs just 18 points to become the 44th member of the 1,000-point club at UA.

Defense Picks up where it left off

• Alabama boasted the top scoring defense in SEC games in 2009-10 and is ranked No. 1 in scoring defense this season by allowing just 58.4 points per game.

• That average is ranked eighth in the nation.

• Seven of UA's last 20 opponents have not scored more than 50 points.

• Only Seton Hall, Purdue, Providence, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Mississippi have scored more than 60 points against UA in regulation. However, all nine had averaged more than 69 points per game this season.

• Eighteen of UA's 24 opponents have turned the ball over at a higher rate than their season average and only four of the 24 have scored above their season average against UA.

• Additionally, 17 of the 24 have shot less than 40 percent from the field against UA.

Tide Among National Leaders in Steals as well 

• Alabama is averaging 9.5 steals per game, tops in the SEC and seventh nationally.

• Additionally, the Tide dominates the individual SEC steal rankings with five players ranking in the top 10 in steals in the league.

• Those five include, No. 2 Senario Hillman (1.8), Tony Mitchell (1.8), No. 5 Trevor Releford (1.5), No. 9 Chris Hines (1.3) and JaMychal Green (1.3).

• In the 120 SEC games played this season, there are only 16 games in which a team has recorded 10 or more steals and UA owns a league-high four of those along with Tennessee.

• Alabama's 15 steals at Auburn are the most in an SEC game this season.

A defensive glance 

• The Tide boasts one of the top defenses in the nation this season. Below is where the Tide ranks nationally in various defensive categories this season and the national and SEC leader in those respective categories.

Scoring Defense

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

8.     58.4             Stephen F. Austin (54.9)              Alabama

Opponent Field Goal Percentage

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

3.     .368                 Florida State (.359)                  Alabama

Opponent 2PT Field Goal Percentage

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

2.     .394                       Texas (.393)                        Alabama

Points Allowed Per Possession

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

1.      0.83               Alabama/Texas (0.83)               Alabama

Steals Per Game

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

7.     9.5                    Oregon State (10.1)                  Alabama

If The Defense Keeps Up

• Alabama's defense is on pace to not only be the best in the SEC this season, but one of the best in the history of the recorded SEC defensive statistics.

• Below is a look at how the Tide's defense would stack up against the league's all-time numbers if the season were to end today.

Points Allowed Per Game

1.      52.3     Auburn                         1962

2.     54.0    Tennessee                   1967

3.     55.7     Tennessee                   1965

4.     56.4    Mississippi                   1982

5.     57.5     Mississippi State         1982

6.     58.1     Auburn                         1961

58.1     Kentucky                     1984

8.     58.3     Tennessee                   1964

9.    58.4    Alabama                     2011

Field Goal Percentage Defense

1.     36.8    Alabama                     2011

2.     37.0     Mississippi State        2008

3.     37.3     Tennessee                   1965

4.     37.6     Alabama                      1995

5.     37.8     Kentucky                     2010