The University of Alabama men’s basketball team will try and extend its four-game winning streak when it visits Ole Miss on Tuesday night.
Although the schools are within driving distance of one another, it’s the only scheduled meeting between them this season.
The Rebels (10-9 overall, 3-4 SEC) are coming off back-to-back road losses to Texas A&M (71-69) and Arkansas (97-93), but are undefeated in league play at home — against South Carolina, Mississippi State and Florida.
Senior guard Deandre Burnett leads the Rebels in scoring (14.3 points per game) and assists (4.8), while junior guard Terence Davis is second in both categories (14.0, 2.5 respectively). His 6.1 rebounds also top the team.
Ole Miss has no problem attempting 3-point shots, with seven players who have launched at least 24 from beyond the arc.
Alabama is 13-6, 5-2 in SEC play, with four straight wins. Six of its last eight games have been decided by 6 points or less.
Freshman guard Collin Sexton leads the team in scoring (19.3, second in the SEC), but has missed the last two games with an abdominal injury.
Junior forward Donta Hall has been limited the last couple of games because of a wrist injury. His 41 blocks are second in the league, and Alabama’s 6.3 average leads the SEC and are seventh nationally. He’s expected to play more against the Rebels.
- Where: The Pavilion, Oxford, Miss.
- When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
What’s the best way to keep up with the game
Fans have numerous options:
TV: SEC Network
Live stats: olemisssports.com.
Twitter updates: @AlabamaMBB.
Dave Neal (play-by-play) and Daymeon Fishback (analyst) will have the television broadcast, with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Wimp Sanderson (analyst) on radio.
What you should know
- Ole Miss has won five straight games in the series, and under Andy Kennedy is 7-1 at home against the Crimson Tide.
- A number of Alabama players have been contributing more of late, including sophomore forward Braxton Key, who reached double-digits in scoring for the first time this season against Mississippi State, and freshman guards John Petty and Herb Jones.
- A stat to watch is Ole Miss shooting from 3-point range. The Rebels are 9-2 when making over 30 percent from beyond the arc. Alabama’s opponents are averaging 30.1 percent.
- Alabama is 9-0 when outrebounding its opponent, and 9-1 when keeping the other team to 40 percent or less shooting from the floor.
- The Crimson Tide leads the SEC in blocks (6.9), is second in steals (8.0) and field goal percentage defense (.403), is third in scoring defense (65.6).
- Alabama doesn’t have a senior on the roster, or have a player who has started all 18 games.
- Alabama won’t face another SEC team until it hosts Missouri on Jan. 31 (ESPN2). It will host No. 12 Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday (2:15 ET, ESPN).