Alabama basketball suffered a 19-point loss on the road against No. 12 Auburn. The Crimson Tide's record now stands at 17-11 overall and 8-7 in SEC play.
Alabama point guard Collin Sexton spent three years playing alongside Auburn point guard Jared Harper at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Ga. There, the two led Pebblebrook to the state championship in 2016. Harper ultimately chose Auburn. A year later, Sexton went to Alabama.
Beginning with Sunday's game at Ole Miss, Alabama women's basketball head coach Kristy Curry declared the team's remaining five games as a "two-week season" that will define how the players and coaches will look back on this year. In order to make the most of the two-week season, the team is maintaining a narrow focus on being 1-0 for each game. Looking ahead to future opponents and considering tournament seedings have a time and a place, Curry said, but not during a late-season run.
Rather than laying down, Alabama turned up the heat. The Crimson Tide went on a 26-3 run over 8:51 and blew the game wide open. What seemed like a close game was no more. Alabama blew out LSU, 80-65, to improve to 17-9 overall and 8-5 in SEC play.
This week, Alabama (16-9, 7-5 SEC) does not want another let down to happen. After beating No. 15 Tennessee by 28 points, the Crimson Tide hosts LSU (14-10, 5-7) at 8 p.m. In a short turn around, but forward Alex Reese has seen more energy in the team.
The Crimson Tide (16-9, 7-5 SEC) defeated a red-hot Tennessee (18-6. 6-6) team, 78-50, to get its fourth win over a ranked team at home and fifth overall. Tennessee entered the game on a six-game winning streak with nine wins in its last 10 games, and Alabama ran the Volunteers out of the gym.
Alabama (15-9, 6-5 SEC) gets another top 25 team in Tennessee (18-5, 8-3) today. The Volunteers are ranked No. 15. Tennessee is on a six-game winning streak, and has won nine of its last 10 games.
Alabama needed a spark against Florida, and it got one in junior center Donta Hall. Hall challenged his team in the locker room after head coach Avery Johnson gave his speech. The challenge worked, and Alabama blew out Florida in the second half to earn its fourth win over a ranked opponent.
Alabama freshman guard John Petty’s three-point shooting has won Alabama numerous games this season. At home against No. 11 Auburn on Jan. 17, Petty hit eight threes to propel Alabama to an important home win. While his shooting gives Alabama an edge, his shot selection has been questionable in certain situations. Taking the right shot at the right time has been part of his growing up process. He’s embraced constructive criticism and continues to mature in his shot selection.
Alabama gave the fans little to cheer about after blowing the roof off of Coleman Coliseum against Oklahoma. Inconsistency has defined Alabama’s season thus far. Now, it finds itself at 14-8 overall and 5-4 in SEC play. It was only the second home loss of the season thus far. In those two losses, Alabama scored less than 65 points. The team averages 74 points per game.