TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama men’s basketball heads into the week ranked 4/4 in the AP Top 25 poll and USA Today Coaches poll and will begin its two-game road trip this week beginning Tuesday in Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium. The Tide is looking to improve to 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference game for the second time under head coaching Nate Hafer while the Commodores face their fourth straight opponent.
The Alabama-Vanderbilt matchup features two of the best shot blockers in the SEC as Vandy’s Liam Robbins is No. 2 in the conference at 2.9 blocks per game while Alabama’s Charles Bediakos 1.9 blocks per contest ranks 4th in the SEC.
Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network with Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) on the call.
The radio show can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) while Tom Stipe (engineer) turns the dials. The pregame show starts an hour before the tip.
Hints you need to know
- 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 Tide’s first five SEC games
- Alabama is ranked #4 in the AP Top 25 poll for the second time this season, the highest AP ranking since 2006-07 (#4).
- After averaging 16.9 turnovers per game during non-conference play, the Tide is now averaging just 11.2 turnovers during SEC games
- Alabama is 14-12 against AP top 25 teams throughout Nate Hafer‘ 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 SEC Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season
- Miller is averaging 19.5 points per game, the most of any freshman in the country and No. 30 overall
- 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 Cloney Ranked 68th in the country with 8.3 rebounds per game, which is the third best among freshmen in the country
- Vanderbilt is playing its fourth straight opponent
- Vandy is 7-3 at home this season, including an 85-82 win over South Carolina and most recently a 97-84 win over No. 15 Arkansas
- Fifth-year senior Liam Robbins has 276 career blocks under his belt, ranking fourth among active Division I basketball student-athletes.
- Vanderbilt has three active student athletes who have scored 1,000 points in their NCAA careers: Liam Robbins (Drake, Minnesota, Vanderbilt); Ezra Manjon (UC Davis, Vanderbilt); Emmanuel Ansong (Wheeling, Green Bay, Vanderbilt)
- Vanderbilt has had eight student athletes score 10 or more points in a game this season (Mare, Wright, Robbins, Lawrence, Manjon, Shelby, Smith, Thomas)
- Last season, Myles Mare led the SEC in three-point shooting (43.2 percent). This season, Mare has four or more 3-pointers in five games, including seven in a win at Temple, and is shooting 43.3 percent (42 to 97) on the season from 3-pointers, good for No 30th in the nation and second in the SEC.
- Vanderbilt has four student-athletes who have played 100 career games or more (Emmanuel Ansong, Quentin Millora-Brown and Liam Robbins, Jordan Wright).
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