The conference basketball season has just begun, but there are only four unbeaten teams left in SEC play.
Two of those teams go head to head Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as No. 23 Florida (12-3, 3-0) visits Alabama (9-5, 2-0).
It’s the teams’ only meeting of the season and another chance for the Gators to assert themselves as perhaps the second-best team in the conference behind Kentucky.
Florida is riding a five-game winning streak and getting offensive production from a variety of sources.
Sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen was named the SEC Player of the Week and is averaging 17.4 points during his last seven games, while heating up from the perimeter with 18 3-pointers in the last four contests.
Senior forward Justin Leon, meanwhile, is coming off a career-high 19-point performance Saturday against Tennessee.
And the Gators defense continues to do its part as well, forcing 40 turnovers during the last two games against Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Overall, Florida ranks 71st nationally in allowing 66.5 points per game, while Alabama ranks 13th in giving up a stingy 61.1 per game.
The bigger disparity is on the offensive side, where the Gators are 74th nationally (78.9 PPG) and the Crimson Tide rank 283rd (67.9 PPG).
What time is tip-off?
Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET Tuesday.
What TV channel is showing the Florida-Alabama game?
The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. It can be streamed online via WatchESPN.
Who is calling the Florida-Alabama game?
Mike Couzens is on the play-by-play call and Brooke Weisbrod is the analyst.
Looking at Alabama
The Tide opened SEC play with wins at Mississippi State (68-58) and at home against Vanderbilt (59-56).
They don’t have any individual averaging in double figures offensively, but they have nine players scoring between 5.3 and 9.9 points per game.
Redshirt freshman guard Dazon Ingram leads the way at 9.9 PPG and his 5.3 rebounds per game are second on the team, while freshman forward Braxton Key is averaging 9.4 PPG and a team-leading 5.5 RPG.
The Tide also start two sophomores as part of a young lineup under second-year coach Avery Johnson.
“We’ve got to be really locked into their actions and to the scouting report in terms of personnel. They’re all a little bit different,” Florida coach Mike White said of the matchup. “In my opinion, what I’m really impressed with is their two-headed monster at the 5. Both of those guys are improved offensively, but they change the game defensively for those guys. I think (6-foot-10 senior Jimmie) Taylor and (6-9 sophomore Donta) Hall allow them to be really unique defensively. They clean up so many mistakes and they anchor their defense. They’re very, very imposing at the rim.”