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Bama men's basketball at SEC tournament

March 11-13, 2011

Atlanta, Ga. • Georgia Dome

at SEC Tournament

Television                                        SEC Network/ABC

Play-by-play                                                   Brad Nessler

Analyst                                                           Jimmy Dykes

Sideline                                                      Shannon Spake

 

Radio                            Crimson Tide Sports Network

Play-by-play                                                  Chris Stewart

Analyst   Bryan Passink

 

        Alabama                  Team               SEC Leader

           20-10                    Record                        

         12-4 SEC       Conference Record              

          RV/RV                  Ranking                       

    Anthony Grant        Head Coach                    

       37-25/2nd        Record at School               

       113-50/5th          Career Record                  

            67.0                Points/Game             76.8/UK

             58.8            Opp. Points/Game         58.8/UA

             +8.2               Scoring Margin           +12.5/UK

            .448                       FG%                    .462/VU

             .379                   Opp. FG%                .379/UA

             .297                      3FG%                   .399/UK

             .314                  Opp. 3FG%               .294/VU

             .723                        FT%                     .759/UM

             36.8             Rebounds/Game          38.3/UK

             33.5         Opp. Rebounds/Game      31.3/UF

             +3.2           Rebounding Margin        +6.3/UF

             12.6                Assists/Game            15.3/UGA

             14.3              Turnovers/Game          10.9/UK

             +1.5              Turnover Margin           +1.5/UA

             9.4                 Steals/Game              9.4/UA

                5.3           Blocks/Game         6.5/UK

 

• SEC Western Division champion Alabama begins postseason play on Friday at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Atlanta, Ga.

 

• The Crimson Tide earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Division by virtue of its 12-4 league record.

 

• The Crimson Tide enters tourney play as the winner of 15 of its last 19 games after closing the regular-season with a 65-57 win over Georgia to improve to 4-2 against the SEC Eastern Division.

 

• Alabama opens play in the quarterfinals against the winner of Thursday's Auburn vs. Georgia contest. UA is a combined 3-0 against the pair going 2-0 against Auburn and 1-0 against Georgia.

 

• Alabama is led by second-year head coach Anthony Grant. In his five total seasons as a head coach, Grant has led his team to an outright or divisional league title four times.

 

• The Tide's 12 SEC wins are its most since winning 12 league games in 2004-05 and its 20 total wins exceed last season's total by three.

 

• In the Tide's last 19 games, only seven opponents (Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Mississippi x2, Florida) have scored more than 60 points in regulation.

 

• UA's defense is surrendering just 58.8 points per game, the seventh-best average in the nation.

 

• Alabama has held its 30 opponents to an average of just 0.86 points per possession to tie for the best mark in the nation.

 

• Additionally, opponents are converting on just 37.9 percent of their field goals, the third-best  percentage in the nation.

 

• The majority of Alabama's offense has come around the basket as just one of the Tide's 20 opponents has outscored UA in the paint this season.

 

Who to Watch

 

• All-SEC first team selection JaMychal Green leads Alabama with 16.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 49.4 percent shooting. In four career SEC Tournament games he has averaged 11.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

 

• Sophomore Tony Mitchell earned All-SEC second team honors and has had 20 or more points in five of the last 10 games to average 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds with a team-high 55 dunks and 53 steals this season.

 

• Trevor Releford, a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, collected SEC All-Freshman honors and has averaged 10.4 points per game this season and 3.4 assists per game.

 

As the top seed in the West

 

• Alabama is the Western Division's No. 1 seed for the third time in program history and is 3-2 in its previous two showing's as the Western Division's top seed.

 

• In 2005, UA opened the tourney with a 69-52 win over Mississippi before falling, 68-62, to Florida in the semifinals.

 

• In 2002, the squad defeated Tennessee, 91-72, and South Carolina, 65-57, before falling to Mississippi State, 61-58, in the Championship game. That season was the Tide's last appearance in the title game.

 

• Both its previous showings as the No. 1 seed in the Western Division were in the Georgia Dome.

In the Dome

 

• Alabama is 9-8 all-time in the SEC Tournament when hosted in the Georgia Dome.

 

• The Tide has gone 2-1 twice, 1-1 five times and 0-1 once.

 

• Alabama has advanced to the finals once in the the Georgia Dome in 2002.

 

Since Renewal

 

• Since the SEC Tournament was restarted in 1979, Alabama is 42-27 in  the event, the second best record in the league during that span.

 

• Additionally, the Tide has advanced to the semifinals 15 times and the championship game 10 times, both the second most in the SEC.

 

• From 1982-92, Alabama won the SEC Tournament five times and appeared in the title game a total of nine times.

Grant in the SEC Tourney

 

• In his first season at Alabama, Anthony Grant guided UA to a 1-1 record with a win over South Carolina and a loss to Kentucky.

 

• During his 10 seasons as an assistant at Florida, the Gators won two titles (2005, 06) and were runners-up once (2004).

 

vs. the Field

 

• Alabama is 58-44 all-time in the SEC Tournament and has a non-losing record against every SEC program in tournament play with the exception of Kentucky. The Wildcats, a potential semifinal opponent have ended the Tide's run 12 times.

 

• Below is UA's record against the 11 other active SEC members in tournament play.

 

Opponent            Record

Tennessee                 9-5

Auburn                      7-2

Florida                      7-4

Mississippi State      6-3

LSU                            5-2

Georgia                     5-4

Mississippi                4-2

Vanderbilt                4-4

South Carolina          3-2

Kentucky                  2-12

Arkansas                    1-1

 

12

UA's 12 SEC wins are tied for its most since the SEC went to a 16-game schedule in 1991-92. Of the 68 eligible SEC teams that have won 10 or more league games since 1991-92, 67 have made the NCAA field and every 12-win SEC team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

 

15

Alabama has 15 wins in its final 20 games of the season.

 

16-0

Alabama finished the season 16-0 at home and is one of just 16 teams unbeaten at home this season and one of eight that is 16-0 or better at home.

 

4-2

Alabama is 4-2 against the SEC Eastern Division.

 

3-3

The Tide is 3-3 against RPI top-50 opponents and is one of only four SEC teams along with Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee that has a .500 or better record against the RPI top-50.

 

20

UA's 20-10 record is its 25th 20-win season in school history. Of the 72 teams with 20 or more regular-season Division I wins, Alabama is the only one that had fewer than eight wins in November and December.

 

58.8

UA's defense has allowed 58.8 points per game, the seventh lowest average in the nation and third lowest from a team in a power conference.

 

.379

The Tide's defense has held opponents to .379 shooting, the third lowest average in the nation.

 

0.86

Alabama has allowed a national-low 0.86 points per possession. Since 2005-06, only six teams have allowed 0.86 or less per possession. All six have made the NCAA Tournament field and four have advanced to the Sweet 16 or further.

 

4

In five years as a head coach, Anthony Grant has led his team to an outright or divisional conference title four times.

 

Western Champs Begin SEC Tourney Play

 

• SEC Western Division Champion Alabama begins postseason play on Friday afternoon when it plays either Auburn or Georgia in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

 

• The Tide clinched the Western Division crown, its third in school history, on Feb. 19 with a 69-56 win over visiting Arkansas.

 

• Previously, the Tide captured divisional titles in 2002 and 2005.

 

• Alabama has won 15 of its last 19 games for its best SEC record since 2004-05.

 

• The Tide has also recorded its 25th 20-win season in school history.

 

• Alabama is 721-544 (.570) in SEC games, the second most conference wins in the league behind only Kentucky.

 

• The Tide was 8-2 against Western Division opponents this season, 4-2 against the Eastern Division and a perfect 8-0 in SEC home games as one of only two SEC teams to go undefeated at home.

 

A WIN Would ...

 

• Make the Tide 21-10 on the season.

 

• Be the Tide's most wins since winning 24 games in 2004-05.

 

• Be the Tide's 25th 20-win season in school history.

 

• Be Alabama's 16th win in its last 20 games.

 

• Be the Tide's 1,520th all-time win.

 

• Be Anthony Grant's 114th win as a head coach.

 

• Advance UA to the semifinals for the 24th time.

 

• Should Georgia advance to the quarterfinal game, UA would be 5-2 against SEC Eastern Division teams and 4-3 against RPI top-50 teams and 6-4 against UGA in the tournament.

 

• Should Auburn advance to the quarterfinal game, UA would be 9-2 against SEC Western Division teams and have beaten Auburn for the third time this season.

 

A loss would ...

 

• Make Alabama 20-11 this season.

 

• Be the Tide's fifth loss since Jan. 1.

 

• A loss to Auburn would be the first this season and just the third to AU in 10 tournament meetings between the two.

 

 Three EArn All-sEC honors

 

• Three Alabama student-athletes picked up all-SEC honors as voted on by the league's coaches.

 

• JaMychal Green collected first-team honors thanks to leading the Tide with 16 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

 

• He ranks in the top-10 in the league in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, blocks and steals.

 

• It is the second SEC honor for Green who was a member of the 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team.

 

• Tony Mitchell collected second-team honors after averaging 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per outing while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor.

 

• Last season Mitchell was an SEC All-Freshman team selection.

 

• Trevor Releford garnered All-Freshman honors with 10.4 points and 3.4 assists per game for the Tide.

 

• Releford, who is just the fourth true freshman to start a season at point guard for the Tide, was twice the SEC Freshman of the Week.

 

 All-Freshman Tradition

 

• Trevor Releford's inclusion on the SEC All-Freshman team continues Alabama's tradition of representation on the team.

 

• Since 2000, 10 UA players have earned all-freshman accolades.

 

• The recipients include Tony Mitchell (2010), JaMychal Green (2009), Richard Hendrix (2006), Alonzo Gee (2006), Ronald Steele (2005), Jermareo Davidson (2005), Kennedy Winston (2003), Mo Williams (2002), Gerald Wallace (2002).

 

• Of the 10, three are currently on active NBA rosters (Gee, Williams, Wallace).

 

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 1,198 career points to rank 35th all-time at UA

 

• He needs eight points to join Alan House in 34th all-time at UA and with 17 points would move into 31st past Terry Coner, Mike Davis and Gary Elliott.

 

• Teammate Senario Hillman needs just eight 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 58.8 points per game.

 

• That average is ranked seventh in the nation.

 

• Eight of UA's last 26 opponents have not scored more than 50 points.

 

• Only Seton Hall, Purdue, Providence, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Mississippi (twice) and Florida have scored more than 60 points against UA in regulation. However, all 10 had averaged more than 69 points per game this season.

 

• Twenty-three of UA's 30 opponents have turned the ball over at a higher rate than their season average and only five of the 30 have scored above their season average against UA.

 

• Additionally, 19 of the 30 have shot less than 40 percent from the field against UA.

 

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

7.     58.                Stephen F. Austin (56.5)              Alabama

 

                         Opponent Field Goal Percentage

 

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

3.     .379                 Florida State (.365)                  Alabama

     

                   Opponent 2PT Field Goal Percentage

 

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

3.     .409                 Florida State (.405)                 Alabama

 

                           Points Allowed Per Possession

 

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

1.      0.86            Alabama/Texas/Fairfield             Alabama

 

                                                  Steals Per Game

 

Alabama                         National                                  SEC

7.     9.4                        Missouri (9.7)                       Alabama

 

Defense By Possession

 

• Defensive scoring averages are subject in large part to pace and style of play. However, calculating the points allowed per possession can give a more accurate evaluation of a defense's effectiveness.

 

• Alabama currently leads the nation in points allowed per possession at just 0.86 and if it maintains that lowest average it would be one of the top defensive marks over the last six years.

 

• Below are the defenses since 2005-06 that have averaged less than 0.87 points allowed per possession along with their records and round of the NCAA tournament they advanced to.

 

PA/Poss    Team                     Year     Record          NCAA

   0.84         Memphis             2008-09     33-4         Sweet 16

  0.86         Alabama             2010-11   20-10               TBA

   0.86         Memphis             2007-08     38-2            Finalist

   0.86         Texas                    2010-11      25-6                 TBA

   0.86         Fairfield                2010-11      24-7                 TBA

   0.86         Kansas                 2006-07     33-5       Elite Eight

   0.86         Wisconsin           2007-08     31-5         Sweet 16

   0.86         Kansas                 2005-06     25-8        1st Round

   0.86         Iowa                    2005-06     25-9        1st Round

   0.87         Kansas                 2007-08     37-3       Champion

   0.87         Memphis             2005-06     34-4      Elite Eight

   0.87         Memphis             2006-07     33-4      Elite Eight

   0.87         Bucknell              2005-06     27-5      2nd Round

   0.87         Murray State       2009-10      31-5      2nd Round

   0.87         S. Illinois             2005-06    22-10       1st Round

   0.87         S.F. Austin          2008-09    24-8        1st Round

   0.87         Florida State       2009-10     22-10       1st Round

   0.87         Connecticut        2006-07     17-14               None

   0.87         Sam Houston      2007-08     23-8               None

   0.87         Florida State        2010-11       21-9                 TBA

   0.87         Belmont                2010-11      30-4                 TBA

 

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.

 

• The team's scoring average is on pace to be the best in the SEC since the adoption of the shot clock in 1985-86 as well as the best since the shot clock was shortened to 35 seconds in 1993-94.

 

• 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.    58.8    Alabama                     2011

10.   59.0    Tennessee                   1969 

 

Field Goal Percentage Defense

 

1.      37.0     Mississippi State        2008

        37.3     Tennessee                   1965

3.     37.6     Alabama                      1995

4.     37.8     Kentucky                     2010

5.    37.9    Alabama                     2011

 

Tide Among National Leaders in Steals as well

 

• Alabama is averaging 9.4 steals per game, first 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. 1 Tony Mitchell (1.8), No. 4 Trevor Releford (1.5), No. 5 Senario Hillman (1.5), No. 8 JaMychal Green (1.3) and No. 10 Chris Hines (1.3).

 

• Auburn is the only other team with multiple players ranked in the top 10 with two.

 

• In the 192 SEC games played this season, there are only 24 games in which a team has recorded 10 or more steals and UA, along with Tennessee, owns a league-high five of those.

 

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

 

vs. The Eastern Division

 

• Alabama is 4-2 against the SEC's Eastern Division this season.

 

• The remainder of the SEC West is 8-22 against the East.

 

Better in the SEC

 

• Alabama's top three scorers haven't padded their stats against non-conference opponents as all three have a higher scoring average against SEC competition than against non-conference foes.

 

• Below are the SEC and non-conference scoring averages for Tony Mitchell, JaMychal Green and Trevor Releford,

 

                         vs. SEC      vs. Non-Conference     Diff.

Green                   16.8                         14.8                     +2.0

Mitchell               16.4                         14.6                     +1.8

Releford               11.5                          10.0                     +1.5

 

Who Needs Three

 

• Alabama is averaging just 4.0 three-pointers per game and is one of 46 Division I teams averaging less than five three-pointers per game.

 

• However, of those 46, the Tide is one of just 19 to post a winning record this season and one of eight with 20 or more wins.

 

Mitchell Brings the Hot Hand

 

• Sophomore Tony Mitchell scored a career-high 27 points against Arkansas and has scored 20 or more points in five of the last 10 games.

 

• He has accounted for 26.9 percent of the Tide's scoring in the last 10 games with 177 combined points.

 

• Against Mississippi State he matched a then career high with 23 points and bettered that with 24 points off the bench at Tennessee.

 

• At Vanderbilt he notched 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting.

 

• The sophomore has scored 20 or more points eight times this season and nine times in his career.

 

• Alabama is 7-2 when Mitchell scores 20 or more points.

 

• His four straight 20-point games were the first since Richard Hendrix opened the 2007-08 season with four straight 20-point games.

 

• Kennedy Winston was the last UA player to score 20 or more points in four straight SEC games, doing so against LSU, Kentucky, Auburn and Mississippi State in 2004-05.

  

Home Sweet Home

 

• Alabama is one of 16 unbeaten teams at home this season and just one of eight that are 16-0 or better at home this season.

 

• Alabama has made Coleman Coliseum arguably the toughest place in the nation for opponents to score with opponents averaging a national low 0.76 points per possession in Tuscaloosa to score 52.1 points per game in Coleman.

 

• That 52.1 points per game home scoring average is the best in the nation as well. George Mason (55.2) is the next closest among programs that have played an all-Division I home schedule.

 

• Of Alabama's 16 home opponents, only 10 have even held a lead on the Tide and those 10 have led for just a combined 1:15:23 of the 640 minutes played in Coleman Coliseum. This time in the lead accounts for only 11.7 percent of the basketball played in Coleman Coliseum this season.

 

• The bulk of that time belongs to Auburn which led for 36:11 before falling to Alabama.

 

• Below is a look at the team's stats this season at home and in road games.

 

Stat                             Home                   Road

PPG                                70.5                      64.8

Opp. PPG                       52.1                      67.6

FG%                               .461                      .441

3FG%                             .346                      .175

Opp. FG%                     .342                      .418

Opp. 3FG%                   .280                      .306

RPG                                39.7                      33.7

Opp. RPG                      33.6                      35.8

Assists                            14.4                      10.7

Turnovers                      13.8                       14.3

Opp. Turnovers             17.2                       14.3

Turnover Rate               21.0                      20.2

Steals                              9.9                        9.2

Blocks                             6.4                        3.7

Pts/Possession              1.05                      0.94

Opp Pts/Possession     0.76                     0.98

vs. The Top-25

 

• Alabama has played four games against opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 this season. Alabama is 1-3 in the previous games this season.

 

• Alabama is 85-161 (.347) all-time against top-25 teams and 57-121 (.322) when unranked and facing a top-25 team.

 

• Alabama is 18-39 against ranked opponents on neutral courts and 3-12 in the SEC Tournament.

Passing out of the Post

 

• Chris Hines and JaMychal Green have helped UA become an inside-out offense with the pair posting 44 total assists in SEC games this season.

 

• Those assists have led to 97 total points in 15 SEC games

 

• In his last eight games, Green is averaging 1.8 assists per game.

 

Scoring in the paint

 

• The Tide has been able to do much of its damage inside this season by outscoring opponents, 1,035-700, in the paint.

 

• Florida is the only team to outscore UA in the paint this season with a 38-36 advantage.

 

• The Tide has, on average, scored 11.2 more points per game in the paint than its opponents.

 

• 53.2 percent of the Tide's points this season have come in the paint.

 

• A season-high 70.2 percent of UA's points against South Carolina came in the paint.

 

• Prior to that, 69.4 percent of the team's points at Providence came from inside the paint.

 

• Against Iowa, 63.8 percent of the team's points came under the basket while a season-low 32.7 percent against Saint Peter's came from inside.

 

• In the second win over Auburn, eight of the team's 11 field goals came in the paint.

 

• Last year, UA outscored 16 of its 30 regular-season opponents in the paint as only 15 of the team's last 60 opponents have outscored UA in the paint.

 

Green Returns With a Flourish

 

• Junior JaMychal Green returned to the lineup with six double-doubles in his last 22 games.

 

• He has missed adding six more double-doubles in that span by a combined seven rebounds.

 

• During that span, he has averaged 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while converting on 47.8 percent of his attempts from the field.

 

• In the SEC opener at Mississippi State, he scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and hauled in 11 rebounds.

 

• In the win over No. 12 Kentucky, he had a game-high 18 points with 11 rebounds, seven of which were off the offensive glass.

 

• He was 10-of-11 from the free-throw line and scored 19 second-half points to match a season high with 23 points at Vanderbilt.

 

• At Providence, he scored 15 points with 11 rebounds and followed that up with 16 points while matching a career high with 15 boards against Lipscomb.

 

• Against Oklahoma State, he went 12-of-12 from the line to finish with 16 points and five rebounds.

 

• He has also averaged 1.9 assists passing out of the post.

 

• Of his 178 rebounds since his return, 73 have come on offense to help UA score 76 total second-chance points.

 

• Green has an average efficiency rating of 20.8 in those 22 games.

 

• His 19 career double-doubles tie for the most among active SEC players.

 

• He is also second in blocks (162) and fourth in rebounds (667) among active SEC players.

 

Mitchell avoids Sophomore Slump

 

• Sophomore Tony Mitchell has scored in double-figures in 28 of the 30 games this season with a high of 27 points and a low of six for an average of 15.5 per game to go along with 7.2 rebounds per game.

 

• Among sophomores in the SEC, he is second in scoring and first in rebounding after posting a career-high 27 points in the home win over Arkansas.

 

• At Tennessee, he recorded a then career high with 24 points.

 

• Prior to that, he matched a then career best with 23 points in the win over MSU.

 

• In the regular-season finale, he posted his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, seven of them on offense.

 

• On Dec. 11 at Providence, he scored 20 points and then added 21 points against Toledo on Jan. 3.

 

• Against Purdue, he finished one rebound shy of a third straight double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds in the absence of JaMychal Green.

 

• On Nov. 27 against Alabama A&M, he had a career-high 15 boards and 12 points.

 

• Against Alabama A&M, he nearly hit double digits in rebounds in the first half alone with nine.

 

• The team has scored 47 points in the last 17 games as a direct result of his offensive rebounds.

 

• In the loss to Saint Peter's, he scored 10 of the Tide's final 12 points of the game.

 

• He also leads the team in dunks with 55 this season.

 

70-point Mark is critical

 

• 70 points has been a critical number for both the offense and defense under head coach Anthony Grant.

 

• Under Grant, the team is 21-6 when scoring 70 or more points but 4-13 when allowing 70 or more points.

 

Second Half Success

 

• Alabama has for the most part been stout in the second half of its last six games with three of those foes scoring less than 30 points in the second half.

 

• Below are the Tide's stats in the first and second halves of the last six games.

 

Stat                          First Half                 Second Half

Points/Half                    29.8                              31.2

Opp Points/Half           29.8                              30.8

FG%                               .418                              .391

Opp FG%                      .476                              .387

3FG%                             .235                              .265

Opp 3FG%                    .306                              .436

3 FG/Half                        1.3                                 1.5

Opp 3 FGM/Half            1.8                                2.8

Rebounds/Half              16.2                               16.0

Opp Rebounds/Half     15.3                               18.8

Assists/Half                    5.8                                3.7

Turnovers/Half              7.8                                4.8

Opp Turnovers/Half      8.5                                7.8

Steals/Half                     5.0                                3.8

Blocks/Half                    0.7                                2.8

 

vs. Georgia - Player of the Game

 

• In the final regular-season game of his career at Alabama, senior Charvez Davis busted out of his recent slump and drained five three-pointers to finish with 17 points and four assists to help UA wrap up a perfect 16-0 home record this season.

 

• His five three-pointers were one shy of a career high and the fifth time this season he has hit five or more three-pointers in a game this season.

 

• Four of his three-pointers came in the second half, of which he played all 20 minutes, including back-to-back makes with 10 minutes to go that helped UA build up a 10-point lead.

 

• His game-high four assists demonstrated his ability to stretch the defense as all four of his assists were off passes into the lane that led to layups to give him 11 assists in the last three games.

 

vs. Georgia - Turning Point of the Game

 

• With 12 minutes left to play Georgia went on a 5-1 spurt to pull with four points before Charvez Davis delivered the dagger with three-pointers on back-to-back UA possessions followed by a Releford layup to give UA a 10-point lead at 50-40 with 8:43 to play.

 

• The Tide's defense maintained that advantage as Georgia never got closer than three possessions for the remainder of the game and shot 4-of-11 from the field over the final nine minutes with five turnovers.

 

vs. Georgia  - Stat of the Game

 

• Alabama committed a season-low eight turnovers and had just four turnovers in the final 36 minutes of the game. Three of the team's turnovers came in three-straight possessions between 17:21 and 16:25 in the first half. The Tide turned the ball over on a season-low 13.2 percent of its possessions.

 

ToP Lineup vs. Georgia

 

• The senior-laden five-man unit of Tony Mitchell, Trevor Releford, Senario Hillman, Charvez Davis and Chris Hines was the Tide's most productive by outscoring Georgia by an 18-11 margin during the 6:23 they spent together on the court.

 

Additional Georgia Notes

 

• The game was played in front of a sold out crowd of 15,383. The sellout was Alabama's fourth straight and the fifth of the season.

 

• The win improved Alabama to 16-0 at home this season and  the team has won 17 straight dating back to last season.

 

• Alabama finished the regular season unbeaten at home for the 16th time in school history, the first since 2001-02, and the sixth time in Coleman Coliseum.

 

• Tony Mitchell recorded his fourth double-double of the season and the seventh of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Seven of his 11 rebounds were on offense.

 

• Georgia's shot clock violation in the second half was the 12th shot clock violation UA's defense has forced this season.

 

• UGA is the 17th team this season to score fewer than 60 points against the Tide. UA is 15-2 when holding its opponent under 60 points.

 

• Alabama recorded its 25th 20-win season in school history and the first since 2006-07.

 

• Alabama improved to 4-2 against the SEC Eastern Division this season.

 

• Alabama closed the regular season with 15 wins in its final 19 games.

 

• Five of Alabama's last six opponents have attempted less than 50 shots from the field.

 

• Alabama improved to 89-47 and has won four straight games over Georgia in Coleman Coliseum.

 

Hillman Moves up steals List

 

• Last season, senior Senario Hillman moved into the top 10 all-time in steals at UA and is currently second all-time with 170.

 

• He needs five more steals to become UA's all-time leader in the category.

 

• His two steals against Kentucky moved him past current director of operations Antoine Pettway in fourth.

 

• Should he have a defensive season similar to his last two, he is on pace to become the all-time leader in the category.

 

• He is currently the active SEC career leader in the category.

 

• UA career steal leaders

 

        Stl.         Player                                         Years

1.      174          Terry Coner                              1984-87

2.     170         Senario Hill, man             2007-Pres.

3.     168          Robert Horry                            1989-92 

4.     165          Mike Davis                                1980-83

5.     158          Antoine Pettway                     2000-04

6.     155           Eric Richardson                        1981-84

7.     149          Alonzo Gee                             2005-09

8.     140          Eric Washington                      1993-97

9.     134          Eddie Phillips                           1979-82

10.   121           Buck Johnson                          1983-86

 

• UA career steals per game leaders

 

        Stl.         Player                                         Years

1.      1.5            Mo Williams                             2001-03

        1.5            Mykal Riley                              2006-08

        1.5            Terry Coner                              1983-87

4.    1.4           Senario Hillman             2007-Pres.

        1.4           Latrell Sprewell                       1990-92

5.     1.3            Robert Horry                            1988-92

        1.3            Antoine Pettway                     2000-04

        1.3            James Robinson                      1990-93

        1.3            Alonzo Gee                             2005-08

        1.3            Eric Washington                      1993-97

 

Releford Joins Elite Group

 

• Trevor Releford started at point guard for the Crimson Tide against FAMU to become just the fourth true freshman to start at the point in a season opener for the Tide. He joined Ennis Whatley (1982), Mo Williams (2002) and Ronald Steele (2005).

 

• He has started all but one game since (due to illness) and is second on the team in minutes played and has averaged 10.4 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting.

 

• His 3.4 assists per game ranks him ninth in the SEC and second among SEC freshmen.

 

Green at 19 Career Double-doubles

 

• Junior JaMychal Green's 19 career double-doubles are the most among active SEC players.

 

• Alabama is 9-10 when he posts a double-double but has won four of the last five games in which he has done so.

 

• Below is a look at each of his double-double performances from the last three seasons.

 

    Pts.    Reb.    Opponent           Result                    Date

      23        10      at Vanderbilt       L, 81-77        Feb. 10, 2011

      15         11       Miss. State          W, 75-61         Feb. 2, 2011

      18         11       Kentucky            W, 68-66       Jan. 18, 2011

      16         11       at Miss. State      W, 75-57         Jan. 8, 2011

      16        15      SE Louisiana       W, 59-38      Dec. 15, 2010

      15         11       at Providence     L, 82-70       Dec. 11, 2010

      14         11       Kentucky              L, 73-67    March 12, 2010

      16         11       Georgia               L, 76-70      Feb. 20, 2010

      16        12      Tennessee           L, 63-56       Jan. 19, 2010

      27        13      Mercer                 W, 90-71    Dec. 23, 2009

      15         12      Providence         W, 84-75   Nov. 20, 2009

      17         10      Cornell                  L, 67-71     Nov. 14, 2009

      13         10      vs. Vanderbilt     W, 82-75     Mar. 12, 2009

       11         12      Miss. State          W, 87-85     Feb. 21, 2009

      12         15      at Florida            L, 74-83     Feb. 18, 2009

      12         10      at Vanderbilt       L, 74-79       Feb. 5, 2009

      14        13      Georgia               W, 75-70      Jan. 31, 2009

       11         10      at Miss. State      L, 74-83      Jan. 14, 2009

      17         12      Mercer                 L, 69-72     Nov. 16, 2008

 

Green Enters All-Time Block List      

 

• With his three blocks against South Carolina, junior JaMychal Green moved into the top-10 in career blocks at UA.

 

• Below is where Green ranks among UA's all-time shot blockers.

 

        Blks.      Player                                                 Years

1.      286         Robert Horry                                    1989-92

2.     266         Roy Rogers                                       1993-96

3.     235          Leon Douglas                                    1973-76

4.     221           Jermareo Davidson                        2004-07

5      188          Derrick McKey                                  1985-87

6.     187          Bobby Lee Hurt                                1982-85

7.    162          JaMychal Green                      2008-Pres.

8.     152           Richard Hendrix                              2006-08

9.     151           Jermareo Davidson                        2004-06

10.   133           Jeremy Hays                                 1997-2001

 

The Percentages

 

• Below is a chart with Alabama's possessions, floor (percentage of possessions scored on) and turnover percentages along with that of its opponents.

 

                                   Poss.      Floor Pct.  Turnover Pct.

 

Opponent             UA/Opp.    UA/Opp.        UA/Opp.

Florida A&M              74/73       57.0/35.0        17.6/20.5

Troy                           67/71       60.3/52.2        13.4/24.0

Seton Hall                  71/68       54.4/57.8        29.5/22.0

Iowa                          63/64       42.9/41.4        22.1/24.9

Saint Peter's              59/54      39.3/46.7        27.2/24.1

Alabama A&M           71/72       55.8/36.0        23.9/29.1

South Alabama         72/73       54.1/43.2        30.8/26.0

Purdue                       65/65      38.8/46.3        26.2/17.0

Providence                75/81       51.8/50.0         21.3/19.8

SE Louisiana             56/65       55.2/32.4        17.8/18.4

Oklahoma State       63/63      45.9/45.5        20.7/19.0

Lipscomb                  74/77       48.0/35.8        17.6/19.4

Pepperdine               68/68      62.8/51.9        18.8/20.7

Toledo                      67/66       57.7/29.5        22.2/38.1

Mississippi State       77/76       51.3/41/6        14.4/19.9

South Carolina          68/71       47.8/36.0       23.7/26.7

Arkansas                   68/70      47.8/49.2        20.5/12.9

Kentucky                   67/67       54.7/53.4        28.3/17.8

Auburn                      70/69      42.9/43.7        21.4/30.2

LSU                            66/63       55.7/38.1        16.6/28.5

Mississippi State       71/68       50.0/39.7         21.1/17.8

Tennessee                 73/74       42.9/48.1        19.2/24.5

Vanderbilt                 64/64       62.1/57.4        18.7/18.8

Mississippi                 69/71       51.5/47.3         18.7/22.6

LSU                            68/65      50.0/46.0       14.7/24.6

Arkansas                   62/64      58.8/50.0        14.5/28.1

Auburn                       63/61       45.0/44.3        28.6/31.1

Mississippi                 68/73       51.4/40.6        22.2/21.9

Florida                       62/62      46.4/64.1        24.1/13.0

Georgia                     60/63       56.2/41.9        13.2/25.4

 

Grant Adds Four for 2011-12

 

• Levi Randolph, Nick Jacobs, Rodney Cooper and Moussa Gueye are slated to join the Crimson Tide on the court in 2011-12.

 

• The signing class is ranked No. 16 by rivals.com and ESPN.com and third in the Southeastern Conference by scout.com. The class includes three recruits ranked in the rivals.com top-150 and another that is regarded as one of the top junior college centers in the nation.

 

• Randolph, a 6-6 shooting guard from Madison, Ala., is ranked a four-star recruit by both ESPN.com and rivals.com and earned a five-star ranking from scout.com. He is also graded as high as the sixth best shooting guard in the class and the No. 28 player nationally.

 

• During his junior season he led Bob Jones High School to the Alabama 6A state championship after a runner-up finish the year before under coach Danny Petty. The 2010 6A Player of the Year and state tournament MVP, he was also second in voting for the state's ‘Mr. Basketball' honor. He competed in AAU action for the nationally ranked Alabama Challenge organization under coach Robert Shannon.

 

• Randolph's Alabama Challenge teammate Rodney Cooper will also join the Tide in 2011-12. The 6-5 guard from Phenix City, Ala., is a consensus three-star recruit according to the major recruiting organizations. He is ranked No. 35 among shooting guards by rivals.com and No. 117 nationally.

 

•During his junior season at Russell County High School he averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game for coach Sam Moates.

 

• Nick Jacobs is one of two frontcourt players in the class and comes to Alabama from Atlanta's South Atlanta High School. The 6-9, 250-pound forward is a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com and rivals.com. The No. 10 forward in his class, he is also ranked 85th nationally by rivals.com.

 

• Jacobs averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds in his junior season for a South Atlanta program that has produced dozens of major college prospects under coach Michael Reddick. During the AAU season, Jacobs competes for coach Hulio Smith's Atlanta Celtics program.

 

• Joining Jacobs in the paint will be Moussa Gueye, a 7-0, 270-pound center that is currently enrolled at Lake Land College in Matoon, Ill. A native of Senegal, Gueye is considered by all recruiting services as one of the top junior college centers in the nation and rated a four-star prospect by rivals.com.

 

Alabama in the Big Dance

 

• UA has made 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, all since 1975.

 

• The Tide is 20-19 in the tournament.

 

• UA has advanced to the ‘Sweet 16' eight times ranking it among the top-20 nationally in ‘Sweet 16' appearances and third in the SEC behind only Kentucky and Arkansas.

 

• In 2004, the squad made its first and only ‘Elite 8' appearance to date.

 

SECOND IN SEC SUCCESS

 

• Alabama boasts 721 all-time SEC wins, trailing only Kentucky in the category.

 

• Additionally, Alabama is second in all-time SEC winning percentage at .569.

 

• Alabama has won the SEC regular-season crown seven times and the tournament title six times.

 

• From 1989-92, the Tide won 11 consecutive games in the SEC Tournament.

 

Stepping stone to the NBA

 

• Producing NBA-caliber talent has been the norm for the Tide with 42 all-time draft picks, 14 first-round selections and three top-10 lottery picks.

 

• The Tide's NBA alums boast nine combined NBA World Championship and seven NBA All-Star selections. Robert Horry leads the way among World Champions with seven rings.

 

• Four former UA stars have become NBA All-Stars including Latrell Sprewell (1994, 95, 97, 2001), Antonio McDyess (2001), Mo Williams (2009) and most recently Gerald Wallace (2010).

 

• Currently four former UA standouts are playing in the NBA: Mo Williams (Cavaliers), Antonio McDyess (Spurs), Gerald Wallace (Trailblazers) and Alonzo Gee (Clippers).

 

All-American Tradition

 

• Eighteen Alabama players have earned a combined 44 All-America honors.

 

• Seven of those honors have come in the past decade.

 

• Richard Hendrix is the most recent UA All-American earning an Associated Press honorable mention accolade in 2008.

 

In the Classroom

 

• 33-of-34 seniors since 2000 have earned their degrees.

 

• 52 academic all-SEC selections.

 

• 30 academic all-SEC selections since 2000.

 

• Four freshman academic all-SEC selections (award established in 2005).

 

• Two SEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year. 

INFORMATION SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ATHLETICS 

 

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