No. 4/5 Alabama returns to the SEC and plays Vanderbilt

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The No. 4/5 men’s basketball from Alabama meets Vanderbilt Monday (7:30 p.m. CT) at the Coleman Coliseum as the Crimson Tide looks to bounce back on their return to Southeastern Conference play. The Tide has had one of the best starts in SEC play in program history as The Tide look to improve to 9-0 under head coach for the second time Nate Hafer and the second since the 1956-66 season (Alabama finished the year with a perfect 14-0 record).

In recent history, the Commodores and Crimson Tide have played close games, with their last five contests (Alabama leading 3-2) being decided by a 6.4 point average. Alabama Brandon Miller continues his historic season as the freshman is the only Division I player to have 400 points, 170 rebounds and 65 three-pointers this season.

The broadcast

Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will air on SEC Network with Mike Morgan (play-by-play), Daymeon Fishback (analyst) and Alyssa Lang (sideline) on the call.

The radio show can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (Play-by-Play), Bryan Passink (Analyst) and Roger Hoover (Sideline) while Tom Stipe (Engineer) turns the dials. The pregame show starts an hour before the tip.

Hints you need to know

  • Alabama’s record 8-0 tie for fifth-best SEC game start in program history
  • Alabama has six Quad 1 wins this season, which ranks fifth in the country
  • The Tide is one of six teams and the only Power 5 team left this season with an undefeated record in conference play
  • Alabama is 14-12 against AP top 25 teams throughout Nate Hafer‘ tenure
  • The Crimson Tide is one of six schools (UConn, UCLA., Creighton, Houston, and Purdue) ranked among the top-ranked in both Defense Adjusted Efficiency (No. 6) and Offensive Adjusted Efficiency (No. 23), according to KenPom. rank 23
  • Alabama has, for the first time in program history, recorded five wins against top-25 opponents in consecutive seasons, winning 10-5 over the span
  • In the last three competitions, UA’s bench has averaged 30 points per game
  • Brandon Miller averages 19.0 points per game, the most of any freshman in the country and No. 39 overall
  • Miller is the only player in Division I to have 400 points, 170 rebounds and 65 three-pointers this season
  • Miller shoots .445 percent from three-point range, which is No. 12 in Division I
  • Miller is the only freshman in the country to rank in the top 75 in points and rebounds per game (No. 75)
  • Miller is one of nine players in Division I, the only player in the SEC and the only freshman in the country to have 400 points and 170 rebounds this season
  • The last five matches between Alabama and Vanderbilt have been decided by an average of 6.4 points

About Vanderbilt

  • The last five meetings between Vanderbilt and Alabama have been decided by an average of 6.4 points
  • Vandy averaged 69.8 points per game in nonconference games and SEC action, the Dores averaging 75.1 points per game, including a 63-point blast in the second half in the win over No. 15 Arkansas
  • Vanderbilt has six student-athletes with a wingspan of 6’8″ or larger: Quentin Millora-Brown (7’2″), Malik Dia (7’1.25″), Lee Dort (7’1″), Liam Robbins (7 ‘), Myles Mare (6’8″) and Emmanuel Ansong (6’8″)
  • Coach Stackhouse is one of three active NCAAD-I head coaches to finish in the top three in the NBA draft: Jerry Stackhouse 3rd – 1995; Penny Hardaway 3rd – 1993; Patrick Ewing 1st – 1985
  • The Commodores are the only program in the SEC to have improved in the NET rankings in each of the last three seasons: 155 in 2018-19 (a year before Stackhouse’s arrival); 142 in 2019-20; 102 in 2020-21; 62 in 2021-22
  • In his last five games, Tyrin Lawrence averaged 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game
  • Vanderbilt has four active student athletes who have scored 1,000 points in their NCAA careers: Jordan Wright (Vanderbilt); Liam Robbins (Drake, Minnesota, Vanderbilt); Ezra Manjon (UC Davis, Vanderbilt); Emmanuel Ansong (Wheeling, Green Bay, Vanderbilt)

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