After starting off SEC play with four wins in its first give games, Alabama hit a wall Saturday against rival Auburn.
The Crimson Tide (11-7, 4-2 in SEC) led by a point with 9:38 left in the game and trailed by four with 5:04 left. But over the final 5 minutes of the game, Alabama was outscored 19-5 and lost by 20.
Georgia (12-7, 4-3) is coming off a tough-luck road loss to Texas A&M when a clock malfunction kept the Bulldogs from getting off a last shot while trailing by one point.
Alabama basketball vs. Georgia game time, details
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25
Time: 8 p.m. CT/9 p.m. ET
Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Ga.
The line: Georgia is a x-point favorite.
What TV channel broadcasts Alabama basketball vs. Georgia?
The game will be on ESPNU. Mike Couzens is handling play-by-play with Brook Weisbrod the analyst.
How can I watch Alabama basketball vs. Georgia online?
ESPNU will stream the game on WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Alabama basketball vs. Georgia on the radio?
The Alabama call for the game will be on Crimson Tide Sports Network. A list of affiliates can be found here and the game can be listened to online here. All of the Georgia affiliates can be found here and the Bulldogs call will be streamed here. The game also can be found on Sirius/XM 145/190.
Alabama basketball vs. Georgia keys to the game
It starts with defense
The Crimson Tide have done it on the defensive end this season. They’re holding opponents to 40.7 percent shooting from the field and 63.4 points per game (24th-best in the country). In Alabama’s 84-64 loss to Auburn on Saturday, the Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor and scored a whopping 54 second-half points. That’s not how Avery Johnson wants to win games — and the Tide won’t if that continues.
Stopping Frazier and Maten
Yante Maten and J.J. Frazier make everything go for the Bulldogs. Maten averages 19.6 points and 7.9 rebounds while Frazier scores 16.2 points with 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Maten is a 6-8 forward who can step out and shoot from long range (he’s hitting 47.1 percent of his 3-point attempts) and Frazier is a 5-10, shifty left-handed point guard who creates issues on defense and is capable of lighting it up (he has five games with at least 22 points this season).
Unlock Braxton Key
The 6-8 freshman is Alabama’s leading scorer — the only player in double figures — with 10.7 points per game. But in Alabama’s last nine games, Key is shooting 38.4 percent from the field (44.3 overall). If Alabama can get Key some good looks early — and he can knock them down — it will help open the floor for the rest of the team.