All-SEC power forward JaMychal Green sat out tonight's game. He's looked like his elbow has been hurting him since the home loss to Georgetown. Evidently a shoulder is what forced him to the bench tonight. When Trevor Lacey started in his place the on-court chemistry seemed to be just what the Alabama offense needed. Randolph, Lacy, Releford and Mitchell hit three point shots early in the game, with the team going 5 for their first six outside the arc. The officials called a game that allowed Bama's quickness advantage to disrupt the Oklahoma State offense, and the early rout was on.
The Tide held an 18 point lead for most of the middle twenty minutes of the game. The Cowboys cut the lead to 9, largely when Eblen, Hankerson and Engstrom were on the court. Bama required two or three additional minutes to find their offensive rhythm again after Releford, Lacey and Jacobs returned to the floor. Other than missing the front end of what could have been two crucial one-and-one opportunities, the Tide played pretty well offensively once they relocated their stride.
Nick Jacobs' defense away from the basket was rather impressive in the early going, leading to a couple of Cowboy turnovers. Mitchell missed 3 or 4 dunks, but still had a solid game, posting a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Releford led all scorers with 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, logged 4 steals and 3 assists.
Box scores and more detailed analysis should follow when DJC and MSmile get access to their computers. Until then, it's good night from the Alias household, welcome home Bama, and Merry Christmas to Bama Basketball fans everywhere.