Alabama (7-7) at Georgia (7-6)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) -- Athens, Georgia.
Television: SEC Network. Home Record: Alabama 7-2, UGA 6-1. Away Record:
Alabama 0-2, UGA 1-2. Neutral Record: Alabama 0-3, UGA 0-3. Conference Record:
Alabama 1-0, UGA UT 1-0. Series Record: Alabama leads, 90-46.
GAME NOTES: The Alabama Crimson Tide will take their two-game winning streak
on the road on Saturday afternoon when they face off with the Georgia Bulldogs
at Stegeman Coliseum in an SEC affair.
Alabama has managed to pull to .500 this season at 7-7 following two straight
wins, including a 68-63 triumph versus Vanderbilt on Tuesday night in its SEC
opener. The Crimson Tide have not fared well away from Tuscaloosa, however.
They are 0-2 on the road, and 0-5 away from home including neutral-court
Georgia has had a similar season as Alabama overall, sporting a 7-6 mark with
an impressive showing on its home floor (6-1). The Bulldogs made a statement
in their SEC lid-lifter on Wednesday night by downing nationally-ranked
Missouri in overtime, 70-64, putting an end to the Tigers' nation-long 26-game
home winning streak.
The Crimson Tide have defeated the Bulldogs on four straight occasions to
improve to 90-46 in the all-time series.
Alabama led Vanderbilt by as many as 16 points midway through the second half
of its latest contest, and while it saw that advantage dwindle to just three
late in the game it was able to hold on thanks mostly to shooting 48.1 percent
from the field and winning the takeaway battle, 16-8. Trevor Releford has seen
much better days shooting from the field (3-of-10), but he drilled all eight
of his free-throw tries to finish with 16 points to go with six assists (one
turnover) and three steals. Retin Obasohan and Shannon Hale poured in 15
points apiece, while Levin Randolph rounded out the balanced effort with 11
Despite their mediocre record this season, the Tide have clearly outperformed
their opponents, shooting 46.4 percent from the field for 72.3 ppg while
allowing 66.4 ppg on just 41.8 percent shooting. Releford (18.3 ppg) is one of
the nation's most efficient guards, as he shoots 51 percent from the floor, 41
percent from 3-point range and 92.6 percent from the foul line. Obasahon
scores 13.0 ppg, and he and Releford are both elite perimeter defenders with a
combined 71 steals. Randolph (10.0 ppg) and Nick Jacobs (9.5 ppg) are also
After losing its late lead against Missouri when Jordan Clarkson drilled a
game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute of regulation to force overtime,
Georgia concluded the extra period on a 12-1 run in the final three minutes
to capture the thrilling upset victory. It shot a modest 43.3 percent from the
field but kept Missouri in check by allowing it to net just 39.3 percent of
its field goal tries. Charles Mann was the catalyst with 17 points, six
rebounds and four assists, Nemanja Djurisic put up 16 points off the bench,
while Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris netted 11 and 10 points, respectively.
On the season, the Bulldogs appear to have a dominating advantage over their
opponents in terms of field goal percentage (.477 to .405), but they own just
a +2.5 scoring margin since they regularly lose the turnover battle (-1.6) and
have been terrible from the free-throw line (.640). Mann shoots 45.8 percent
from the floor on his way to a team-best 13.4 ppg. Gaines brings 11.5 ppg to
the table, while Djurisic (11.2 ppg) and Morris (9.6 ppg) each shoot greater
than 54 percent from the field.
The Tide have shown time and again this season that they are a completely
different team away from home, and with Georgia riding high after its upset
over Missouri, it should be able to use that momentum in its favor in its
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia 70, Alabama 66
01/11 12:11:54 ET
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