Tide fans, it’s that time again. Another Saturday of Alabama basketball is mere hours away from manifesting into existence. Today at 2:30pm CST the Tide men’s basketball team will be taking on Georgia.
After a setback against Missouri, which saw the Tide score 21 of the games final 26 points, #11 Alabama (16-5, 11-1) went into South Carolina looking to rebound and looking for a road win, and pulled it out in dramatic fashion.
“It would have been nice to open it up, but it’s nice to win a close one,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “I think we’re 3-3 in two-possession games and last year we were 4-11. We put a big point of emphasis in learning how to close. We did some dumb things late in the game, but we did enough to win it.”
John Petty Jr. had a bounce-back game with 20 points after totaling just 26 points in his previous three outings combined. It was his highest scoring game since a season-high 24-point effort at LSU on Jan. 19.
“Our record in February has always been pretty bad,” the senior guard said. “So as the leadership on this team, as a senior on this team, I’m not letting it go down that road this year. Whatever it takes to win I’m going to do it.”
They will look to continue winning in (hopefully) spectacular fashion against the Georgia Bulldogs (12-7,5-7), entering the contest as 13 point favorites.
Georgia is led in scoring by Sahvir Wheeler, a 5’10” guard averaging 13.5 PPG and 7.3 assists. The biggest threat in the post for the Tide is Toumani Camara, a 6’8″ forward who’s averaging 12.6 PPG and 7.3 rebounds per game. UGA is coming off of an eight point loss to #16 Tennessee Wednesday, a game in which they were down 44-26 at halftime.
Alabama will be without Juwan Gary (shoulder), Jordan Bruner (knee), and a 100% Herb Jones, who has still managed to contribute enough even while dealing with a back injury.
“Herb obviously is still not back to himself, but he gives us enough,” Oats said. “He’s tough. He brings leadership to us.”
My Prediction: Alabama 78 UGA 66
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