These two squads out of the SEC are battling, not only for positioning and seeding within the conference tournament, but also for the right or chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.
The Rebels may have the upper hand in terms of comparing resumes and this game will be played at Ole Miss, so we certainly know who the favorite should be heading into the contest. However, Alabama needs this win, especially after dropping two of their past three games overall. The Crimson Tide are continuously being held back by some of the bad losses that they have had in the past, most notably non-conference defeats to both Mercer and Tulane.
Everything aside however, this is a game that a lot of hard work has comes down to.
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant is going to have to turn to his main man on Tuesday night and the challenge will run deep, that’s for sure. Trevor Releford, who is averaging a career-high 15.4 points per game this season, must produce on the offensive end if the Crimson Tide are going to hang with what should be a raucous crowd and interesting environment in Oxford.
Releford’s back court mate Trevor Lacey will also be key in this one, as the two must stack up with the firepower that Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson can provide. While the game will not be told in one simple aspect, things may very well come down to Releford’s ability to score the basketball, especially considering the discrepancy in the team’s total outputs this season.
Alabama is averaging only 63.1 points per game, while Ole Miss scores at an impressive 78.8 clip, which is good enough for sixth in the nation.
Tip-off on Tuesday night is scheduled for 9:00pm (EST).
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