There are a few pockets of crimson forming in New Orleans Arena about 30 minutes before the scheduled tip time for Alabama and South Carolina. Here are a few details for consideration …
F JaMychal Green, 6-8, Sr., 13.8 ppg., 7.3 rpg.;
G Trevor Releford, 6-0, So., 12.0 ppg., 2.8 assists;
F Nick Jacobs, 6-8, Fr., 6.1 ppg., 3.7 rpg.;
G Levi Randolph, 6-5, Fr., 6.4 ppg., 4.0 rpg.;
G Andrew Steele, 6-4, Jr., 7.3 ppg., 2.8 assists.
South Carolina lineup:
F Anthony Gill, 6-8, Fr., 7.8 ppg., 4.9 rpg.;
F Malik Cooke, 6-6, Sr., 12.5 ppg., 4.8 rpg.;
G Bruce Ellington, 5-9, So., 11.0 ppg., 3.0 assists;
G Damontre Harris, 6-9, So., 6.8 ppg., 5.6 rpg.;
G Damien Leonard, 6-4, Fr., 6.6 ppg., 1.3 rpg.
Notes: Alabama enters postseason play winning seven of its last 10 games after losing at South Carolina on Jan. 25. … The Gamecocks only other SEC win came against 11th-seeded Georgia. … The Gamecocks rank in the bottom two of the league major offensive categories including scoring (61.5 points), scoring margin (-3.5), and field goal percentage (.402). … Alabama overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to beat South Carolina in the 2010 SEC tournament. … The Tide is 8-7 playing away from Tuscaloosa this season and is 3-0 in neutral-site games. … Alabama’s No. 32 ranking in the RPI ratings is its highest since 2005 thanks in part to playing the 16th toughest schedule in the nation. … The Tide is shooting 28.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line to rank 331st in Division I.