TUSCALOOSA, AL — The Alabama Men’s Basketball team put their 10 game win streak on the line against the #24 Oklahoma Sooners in Norman on Saturday afternoon but came up just short losing 66-61.
The Sooners have now beaten the #5 Texas Longhorns and the #9 Alabama Crimson Tide in back to back games respectively. The bright side is that facing a quality opponent like the Sooners this deep into the season will bode well for the Tide in the postseason. The SEC Conference Tournament runs from March 10 to March 14 and will be followed by the NCAA Tournament slated for March 18 through April 5.
Even though the Tide fell against a Big 12 team, it still keeps its perfect SEC record intact at 9-0 with the next match-up set to take place at home versus LSU on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The Tigers are coming off a loss (76-71) as well on Saturday at the hands of the #10 ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders.
If the Tide are primed to start a new win streak, they will need to improve their offensive rebounding against the Tigers. Alabama only had six offensive rebounds against Oklahoma, which is below their season average at 9.7 a game.
Congratulations to Herbert Jones are in order. Last Thursday, Jan. 28, Jones was named to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Midseason Watch List.
He was one of 15 players in the country to be named to the list, as well as one of two in the SEC. As one of the top defensive players in the nation, it’s obvious why Jones would be one to watch. He leads the Crimson Tide in rebounds, steals, deflections, dives, blocks, and charges taken.
Jones and the rest of the men’s basketball team are poised to start the Tide on a new roll.