Tennessee vs. Alabama: Full Game Preview
|Tennessee||J McRae 16.0||J Stokes 9.5||T Golden 4.0|
|Alabama||T Releford 15.5||R Cooper 4.7||T Lacey 3.1|
Alabama squares off against Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on Friday. Tipoff occurs at 3:30 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN U. The Crimson Tide lost to the Volunteers 54-53 on Jan. 26 and are 4-3 against them over the last four years.
In a 61-58 win over Georgia on Mar. 9, Trevor Releford put up 19 points for the Crimson Tide. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 15.5 points per game and 2.0 steals per game. For the Volunteers, Trae Golden finished with 15 points in the 69-53 win over Mississippi State on Mar. 14. He is averaging 11.9 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.0 per game. A key area of strength for Tennessee is free throw rate at 42.2, which ranks second in their conference (and 35th nationally).
- Alabama has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (63.5 percent to 57.2 percent).
- Alabama is better under pressure, and has defeated Tennessee in five out of the last eight games decided by five points or fewer.
- Alabama has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Tennessee ($29,814 vs. $31,926).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Alabama currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (984 to 962) than Tennessee, per the NCAA.
- Trevor Releford is ranked 9th in the SEC in points and 50th nationally in steals.
- Alabama has come back to win after being down at half against Tennessee three times since 1999.
- The Alabama blocks leader (Moussa Gueye, 47 blocks) has more blocks than the Tennessee blocks leader (Jarnell Stokes, 36 blocks).
- Tuscaloosa isn't as congested as Knoxville (population is significantly lower).
- Alabama has an average margin of victory of 11 over Tennessee in 35 wins since 1980.
- Over the past 10 years, Alabama has had more players drafted by the NBA than Tennessee (three vs. one).