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Tide vs. Auburn in SEC baseball opener

The biggest crowd of next week’s SEC baseball tournament will likely come in its first game.

LSU’s loss to Mississippi State coupled with Alabama’s win over Tennessee gave the Tide the seventh seed and a date with Auburn at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Hoover.

Auburn has the No. 2 seed after winning the West Division. Read more about this Sunday.

And now, the Bama Blog’s pick for YouTube video of the day.

Alabama loses, Varnado breaks NCAA block record

Check out this video of Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado’s 536th block of his career during the Bulldogs’ 74-66 win over the Crimson Tide.

Welcome to Starkville

Welcome to one of the more remote outposts in all of the Southeastern Conference. We’re in the “Hump” tonight for Alabama at Mississippi State basketball.

Nothing major to report yet. Most of the buzz centers around Bulldog center Jarvis Varnado’s chase of the all-time blocks national record. He’s just eight away.

For all other in-game updates, check out our twitter feed here.

VIDEO: Final moments of hoops win over MSU

Here are two quick videos of the defining moments in Alabama’s 62-57 win over No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday. The full replay will eventually be found at this link.

First, here is Anthony Brock making his free-throws with 17.8 seconds left followed by Bulldog Barry Stewart stepping out of bounds.

Finally, here is JaMychal Green icing the win at the free-throw line, followed by a missed 3-pointer and a quick Rammer Jammer.

LIVE: Basketball vs. Mississippi State

SECOND HALF
FINAL: Alabama 62, Mississippi State 57

3:58:
Alabama now leads 53-48 after a quick 7-0 response. This should be a good ending.

7:18:
How quickly things change. Mississippi State leads 48-46 after going on a 14-0 run.

11:37:
Alabama now leads 44-34 as it reversed its recent trend of blowing second half leads. At least for now. A 15-4 run has the biggest home crowd of the season rocking. Will it last? Stay tuned.

15:54:
Alabama leads 35-34 as things get tighter. The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game early in the half, but the Tide answered back. Mississippi State switched to a zone late in the first, forcing more jump shots. Mikhail Torrance and Anthony Brock both knocked down 3-pointers early in the half

FIRST HALF

Halftime: Alabama leads 27-26, but the familiar storyline is playing out just as it has in the previous Tide losses. It hasn’t taken advantage of the breaks it received (poor MSU shooting) and allowed the visitor to catch up my making just one field goal in the final 7:30 of the half.

5:11: Alabama still leads 24-17, but the Bulldogs are showing a little more life. Their shooting percentage is up to 24 percent (6-for-25).

11:45:
Alabama leads 16-6 as Mississippi State is shooting 2-for-14 from the field. That’s 14.3 percent if you’re not in the mood for your own math.

15:53:
Alabama leads 12-4 in a familiar situation. Big runs highlighted the beginning of the last two home losses. Mikhail Torrance scored 8 of the first 12 with a pair of 3-pointers. We’ll see if the Crimson Tide can hang on this time.

Welcome to Coleman Coliseum

Thank you CBS for the early wake up call. Coleman Coliseum is filling slowly for this 11 a.m. start against the No. 23 Mississippi State Bulldogs. It appears as if a fair amount of fans made the trip over the state line for this one. Stay tuned for more later.

Alabama second or third?

It just depends on who you ask. The coaches say the Crimson Tide remain third after last night’s 31-3 win at Mississippi State. The Harris poll voters agree with the coaches, but the Associated Press writers bumped the Tide back to second.

The BCS is still to come, but as previously discussed, none of this matters until after the SEC Championship game. Here are the top 5s.

USA Today coaches:

Record Pts Rk
1. Florida (48) 10-0 1,460 1
2. Texas (4) 10-0 1,397 2
3. Alabama (7) 10-0 1,388 3
4. TCU 10-0 1,277 4
5. Cincinnati 10-0 1,219 5

Harris poll:

Record Pts Pv
1. Florida (78) 10-0 2,793 1
2. Texas (19) 10-0 2,711 2
3. Alabama (16) 10-0 2,694 3
4. TCU (1) 10-0 2,479 4
5. Cincinnati 10-0 2,349 5

Associated Press:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Florida (36) 10-0 1,463 1
2. Alabama (14) 10-0 1,429 3
3. Texas (10) 10-0 1,424 2
4. TCU 10-0 1,307 4
5. Cincinnati 10-0 1,247 5

Alabama/Mississippi State replay

Here you go. Here is the link for the full replay of the Alabama/Mississippi State game without the commercials and wasted time.

After watching, take a few minutes and give your second opinion of the game in the comments section of this posting.

Tide stays perfect with big win

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. Solis

Alabama’s national title hopes are in tact. The game widely predicted as a possible letdown turned into a blow out.

The Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC) blew away Mississippi State with two touchdowns apiece in the second and fourth quarters. A third-quarter field goal completed the Alabama scoring in a 31-3 win in front of a record-setting crowd in Starkville.

As mentioned in a previous posting, the obnoxious cowbells made this the loudest crowd I remember hearing this season. I popped two extra strength Tylenols by the first quarter.

Anyway, read more in Sunday’s paper. Thanks for reading and drive home safely.

And tune in later for the link to the Alabama/Mississippi State replay.

Bulldogs in black

Mississippi State warmed up in maroon jerseys. But when they re-emerged from the locker room, the Dogs were in black.

Recent history hasn’t smiled upon those who wore black against Alabama. Just ask Georgia how it’s “black out” went against the Tide last year.

Either way, it’s 0-0 with 10:49 left in the first. Mississippi State put together a decent drive before turning it over on downs on Alabama’s 36. The Tide then punted after three plays.

Welcome to Davis Wade Stadium

… Where they love the cowbells. Holy cow, they love those stupid things. Other than that, it’s a pleasant day in Starkville. Both teams just arrived at the stadium and the crowd is starting to filter in.

From walking through the parking lots, there were more Alabama fans milling about that I would have expected. It’s not too far from Tuscaloosa and even closer to the state line.

Check back later as I take care of a few pregame responsibilities.


Some MSU-eve reading

Now that the Mississippi State game is just about 24 hours from kickoff, take a look at some of the stories making news in Bulldog country.

  • Mississippi State is certainly fired up about taking a shot at the Crimson Tide, writes Kyle Veazey of the Clarion-Ledger (formerly of the Decatur Daily). Read about that here, about the Anthony Dixon vs. Mark Ingram battle here, and Veazey’s MSU blog here.
  • The Starkville Daily News takes a look at the extra week Mississippi State had to prepare for the Tide with a bye last Saturday. Read that here.
  • The Reflector student paper is getting into the spirit with stories here and here.

In case you forgot the last Alabama visit to Starkville, check out this video of an Anthony Dixon run and Nick Saban’s reaction.

Film study: Mississippi State prep

If you want to study the film just like the Alabama coaches and players, click this link to see the Mississippi State video page on the SEC Web site. You can see every complete game it played all season including the Kentucky/Mississippi State replay from two weeks ago.

Of course Alabama has it’s game videos on the same site. Just click here to see all the Crimson Tide footage you can handle.

Miss. State kickoff time set

And the Crimson Tide will meet the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Starkville. The SEC just made the announcement although the final television assignment won’t be determined until after this Saturday’s games.

It will be either ESPN or little brother ESPN2. The Georgia/Auburn game is the other game stuck in limbo. But since the game time is the same either way, there isn’t much of an issue.