How Alabama got its groove back

This is the story of Alabama’s big basketball Saturday that included a 12-point win over Tennessee. Read it here:

TUSCALOOSA — Still 10 seconds from making it official, Andrew Steele and Anthony Grant shared a double-barreled high five. They were almost giggling.

A trying week of suspensions, injuries and consecutive losses included another plot twist for the Alabama basketball program Saturday afternoon. The physically overwhelming 62-50 win ended Tennessee’s four-game winning streak while energizing the shorthanded Crimson Tide.

Playing without three starters, Alabama (17-9, 6-6 SEC) demoralized the Vols with an aggressive backcourt and a retooled frontline. The Tide had a season-high 15 steals among the 17 Tennessee turnovers with Andrew Steele and Trevor Lacey combining for 11.

“We had a lot of fun out there and it was contagious when you see people playing so hard out there,” said a smiling Steele, who added a career-best seven assists and 10 points. “It kinda rubs off on everybody else.”

Lacey also came a point shy of a career high with 18 on 9 of 12 free-throw shooting. He got there by penetrating instead of settling for jumpers like he’d recently done.

Still, it was his 3-pointer nine minutes into the game that erased Tennessee’s final lead in what became a rout. Tide runs of 10-0 and 6-0 put the hosts up 10 after trailing by as many as five.

Tennessee (14-13, 6-6) tied the game early in the second half before Alabama’s 19-2 outburst pumped life into the crowd of 12,988. The lead never dipped below eight after that. Alabama’s rabid intensity didn’t surprise Vol Jeronne Maymon,

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3 responses to “How Alabama got its groove back

  1. Just wait till next year!!!! RTR

  2. kim, this year ain’t over yet.

    our bigs made significant improvement. we’ve got a tough row to hoe but the gators proved arky in fayetteville isn’t invincible.

    and i’ll tell you something else too. somebody’s gonna beat uk. ole miss popped them in the mouth yesterday. they didn’t have the bench to sustain. take the ball to davis and get him in foul trouble and kentucky’s a different team and calipari knows it. you could see the fear in his post game interview.

    we’ve got two seven footers playing better. we get somebody shooting hot and………..stay tuned, kim.

  3. You’re so right finebammet…and I meant no disrespect to this years team. RTR

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