I can’t deny my love of numbers and statistics. Nevermind my deplorable history in math class. I can’t get enough. I’m a nerd.
So let’s take a look at some of the more entertaining figures as they relate to the Alabama basketball program with an assist from the media relations game notes. As you know, the Crimson Tide play host to Auburn at 7 tonight in Coleman Coliseum. Historically, that’s a good thing for Alabama.
The Tide is 43-8 against the long-time rivals when playing in Tuscaloosa. The record is 36-7 in Coleman Coliseum. On the road, Alabama is just 26-26 in games played in Auburn.
Alabama is 3-2 in games played on Wednesdays. Sunday, Monday and Friday are better for the Tide since Anthony Grant’s team is 5-0 when playing those days. Alabama doesn’t have a losing record on any single day of the week, but is 5-4 on Saturdays.
The fact that it’s still February is a decent omen for Alabama, too. The Tide is a combined 12-2 in the two bookend months of the season so far (November and February). December and January were not as kind. Alabama was 7-7 in the middle of the season.
The bench has played a major role in the three-game Alabama winnings streak. The reserves have outscored its competition 113-37 in the past four games (23-0 against Florida, 20-6 over Tennessee, 38-17 over Arkansas, and 32-4 over Mississippi State. Alabama even found a way to outscore LSU’s bench Feb. 11 (9-8) when playing just eight players because of suspensions.
The four-game winning streak Alabama’s enjoyed against Auburn followed a stretch of four straight losses to the Tigers. The winning trend is the longest Alabama’s enjoyed in the rivalry since winning eight straight from 2003-06.
Of the last 10 Alabama-Auburn games played in Coleman Coliseum, seven were sellouts. Make it 8-for-11 after tonight’s game since all tickets were sold by yesterday.
I’ll update this if there’s time for more. I hope you enjoyed it.
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