The games are coming fast and furious now. Alabama (11-6, 2-3) will have to rebound quickly from a tough road defeat in Knoxville because the Ole Miss Rebels (AP: 18; KenPom: 31; NET: 24) will be in Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday night. The Rebels (14-3, 4-1) have been one of the surprise teams in the league under first-year coach Kermit Davis Jr. after being picked to finish last in the preseason media poll. I didn't think Ole Miss would be this good, but with the experienced talent they returned, and my respect for Kermit Davis, I certainly didn't think they'd finish last. Game time is 8 P.M. CT. ESPNU will televise the game.
The university is offering "buy one, get one free" tickets so they're begging people to come out and support the team for a mid-week game. If you live in Tuscaloosa and can easily make it out to Coleman, please do. This team still has a lot to play for, and they're going to need all the support they can get.
My Two Cents: Alabama was oh so close to what would have been a monster win on Saturday. It's rare in recent years that we've seen an Alabama team put a top five team on its heels the way Alabama did in that second half on Saturday. While it's disappointing that they lost, the team has to come away from that game with some level of confidence in knowing that if they don't shoot themselves in the foot late in the second half, they're not only winning that game, but doing so by multiple possessions.
Ole Miss enters this game as one of the elite offensive teams in the country. The Rebels are ranked 23rd in offensive efficiency, 11th in effective field goal pct (56.2%), 56th in 3-pt pct (37,1%), 16th in 2-pt pct (56.5%), 32nd in free throw pct (75.5%) and, you guessed it, are an effective rebounding team with a 33.5% offensive rebound rate (ranked 40th). It's been a struggle at times for this Bama team on defense. If it's a struggle on Tuesday night, our guys are going to have a tough time hanging with this Rebel team.