Here’s how you see: #4 Alabama at Vanderbilt

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team is going to do something that is simply impossible – lace up your shoes and try to calm the circumstances.

In recent days, the Crimson Tide No. 4 has dealt with a plethora of headlines about former striker Darius Miles, who was charged with capital murder on Sunday. As a result, the team used Monday as a first step to recover from the incident and prepare for its third SEC road trip of the season when it travels to Nashville.

Here’s everything you need to know as Alabama prepares for Vanderbilt.

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Who: No. 4 Alabama (15-2, 5-0) vs. Vanderbilt (9-8, 2-2)

When: 7:30pm CT Jan 17

Where from: Memorial High School, Nashville, Tennessee.

Regard: SEC Network (Play-by-Play: Kevin Fitzgerald; Analyst: Carolyn Peck)

Listen: Crimson Tide Sports Network (Play-by-Play: Chris Stewart; Analyst: Bryan Passink; Sideline: Roger Hoover; Engineer: Tom Stipe)

Alabama’s estimated starting lineup

Jaden Bradley: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, freshman

Stats: 8.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 42.6% FG, 33.3% 3pt

Markus Sears: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, junior

Stats: 15.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 43.4% FG, 41.7% 3pt

Brandon Miller: 6-foot-9, 200 pounds, freshman

Stats: 19.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 45.6% FG, 45.5% 3pt

Noah Clowney: 6-foot-10, 210 pounds, freshman

Stats: 9.6 ppg, 8.3, rpg, 0.9 apg, 51.9% FG, 38.9% 3pt

Charles Bediako: 7 feet, 225 pounds, sophomore

Stats: 5.6 ppg, 6.1, rpg, 0.7 apg, 60.9% FG

Vanderbilt projected starting lineup

Trey Thomas: 6 feet, 160 pounds, junior

Stats: 7.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 41.7% FG, 44.4% 3pt

Tyrin Lawrence: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, junior

Stats: 10.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 48.4% FG, 31.6% 3pt

Colin Smith: 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, freshman

Stats: 4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 34.4% FG, 34.1% 3pt

Myles Mare: 6ft 7, 215 pounds, junior

Stats: 10.4 ppg, 5.6, rpg, 0.6 apg, 40.8% FG, 42.6% 3pt

Quentin Millora Brown: 6ft 10, 245 pounds, senior

Stats: 3.3 ppg, 3.6, rpg, 0.7 apg, 48.8% FG

Brandon Miller continues to collect awards

Brandon Miller’s game continues to speak for itself.

The true freshman dominated the college game in his freshman season in Tuscaloosa. On Monday, Miller was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season thanks to a 31-point performance against LSU. Miller and fellow Noah Clowney have won the honor seven times this season.

“He’s a really down to earth boy,” Nate Oats said after the game. “If you knew his parents you would understand why he is such a good kid. You kept him on the ground. He is fun loving. He doesn’t take anything, including himself, too seriously. He is very down to earth and works, but he has a lot of fun doing it, it’s just fun to be with him, he enjoys coaching him.

“He gets along great with the guys. He pushes his teammates to do well. I think if you have the character and attitude that he has, good things come to you. And he’s obviously a really talented boy. It was great for him to start with the first three, after that he kind of had a barrage, if you look at his numbers he was shooting 16 shots and scoring 31 points and he really didn’t hit the free throw line, he only went to the free throw line once. He had one of the most efficient nights I’ve seen from a player.”

game notes

– Alabama has five Quad 1 wins this season, third most in the country behind Purdue and Kansas (6 wins).

– Alabama is looking to improve to 6-0 in the SEC game for the second time under Coach Oats. Prior to Oats’ arrival, the Tide had not started an SEC 5-0 game since the 1986–87 season

– Alabama has won all five SEC games by double digits and a +22.8 goal margin, the highest goal margin in program history during the first five SEC games of the Tide

– Alabama ranks #4 in the AP Top 25 poll for the second time this season, the highest AP ranking since 2006-07 (#4)

— After recording 16.9 turnovers per game during non-conference play, Tide is now averaging just 11.2 turnovers during SEC games

– Alabama is 14-12 against AP Top 25 teams during Nate Oats’ tenure

– Alabama has, for the first time in program history, recorded five wins against top-25 opponents in consecutive seasons, winning 10-5 over the span

– Brandon Miller was named NCAA March Madness Player of the Week and was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season

– Miller is the only freshman in the country to rank in the top 70 in points and rebounds per game (No. 75)

– Miller is one of 11 players in Division I, the only player in the SEC and the only freshman in the country to have 330 points and 140 rebounds this season

— Noah Clowney ranks 68th in the country with 8.3 rebounds per game, which is the third-best among freshmen in the country

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