February 28, 2009

Basketball preview: Alabama at Ole Miss

What: Alabama (15-12, 5-8) at Ole Miss (15-12, 6-7).
Where: C.M. Smith Coliseum, Oxford, MS.
When: Saturday.
Time/TV: 3 p.m. / Raycom.
Series record: Alabama leads 114-49.

Alabama probable starters
GMikhail Torrance6-5, 2109.0Continues to keep turnovers to a minimum.
GSenario Hillman6-1, 18813.5Had a career high seven assist againt the Hogs.
G/FAlonzo Gee6-6, 22015.1Has carried the Crimson Tide on his back the last two games.
FJustin Knox6-9, 2405.7Will be key to the Tide's rebounding against Ole Miss.
FJaMychal Green6-9, 22510.0Continues ot be the Tide's most consistent post player.
Alabama top reserves
FAnthony Brock5-9, 1654.4Had not turnovers in 16 minutes of play against Arkansas.
FDemetrius Jemison6-8, 2403.2Continues to be a productive post player off the bench.

Ole Miss probable starters
GDavid Huertas6-5, 20018.7Is who the Rebels will depend on for most of their offense.
GTerrico White6-5, 21112.4Had a career high 24 points in his last game against Auburn.
FMurphy Holloway6-7, 2258.5Leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 per game.
GZach Graham6-6, 2257.8Is shooting 41 percent from behind the arc.
FMalcolm White6-9, 2176.7Had a career best 18 rebounds against Auburn on Wednesday.
Ole Miss top reserves
GWill Bogan6-1, 1671.8Has played in all 27 games for the Rebels.
FDeaundre Cranston6-9, 2153.0Will be key for the Rebels in the rebounding department.

Analysis and Prediction
The Crimson Tide continue to play better as each game goes by. The biggest part of the improve play is Alonzo Gee. In the the last two games Gee is averaging 24 points per game. Against the Razorbacks Gee knocked down his first five shots, which were all three pointers. He is the key to the Crimson Tide offense and recent success.

Junior gurad David Huertas and freshman guard Terrico White are the key to the Rebels offense. Huertas leads the team in scoring with 18.7 ppg and White is second on the team with 12.4 ppg. In the last nine games White has averaged 19.8 ppg. Slowing down these two will be the key to the Tide's success. Sophmore guard Senario Hillman will be counted on to slow down one of these scorers. Hillman held Arkansas' Rotnei Clarks to just 16 points in the Tide's win on Wednesday. Clarks had 26 against the Tide in the first meeting.

The Tide has not won in Oxford since the 2006 season, and currently have a 18 game losing streak in SEC road games. All that will come to an end on Saturday. Gee will continue to carry the Tide and bench play will help the Tide get the win.
Prediction: Alabama 75, Ole Miss 74.

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