It’s been quite a month for Alabama’s never-boring basketball program. It got a little worse since losing its second straight game. Read today’s story detailing the increasingly bizarre series of events:
TUSCALOOSA — From bad to worse, the hits keep coming for Alabama’s basketball program. It’s not just suspensions this time.
Add a root canal, rolled ankle and a “blow to the head” to the troubles for the already-shorthanded Crimson Tide starting lineup entering a 12:30 p.m., game with red-hot Tennessee.
The suspensions of leading scorers Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green remain indefinite, coach Anthony Grant said. But that’s just part of the concern at this point for a team fighting for its postseason destination following two straight losses.
Neither Nick Jacobs, nor Andrew Steele practiced Thursday. Trevor Releford was injured late in that workout and was expected to miss Friday’s.
Jacobs needed a midweek root canal after an infection developed in an injury suffered before playing Florida on Tuesday. Grant said he took a blow to the mouth that required dental work before losing 61-52 Tuesday night.
The latest setback left Grant “unsure about his availability” against Tennessee (14-12, 6-5 SEC). The Vols have won their last four including a road game at then-No. 7 Florida last Saturday.
Steele turned an ankle diving into the crowd late in the Florida loss, but said he was feeling better Friday afternoon.
For Releford, who limped through most of Tuesday’s game, a blow to the head ended his Thursday practice. Like the others, Grant said he’d better understand who’ll be available after the Friday afternoon practice.
As for Mitchell and Green, there was nothing new to report, though Mitchell broke his silence late Wednesday night on with his Twitter account.
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