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Alabama Men’s Basketball falls to No. 6 Florida

UFBBall_UA032Alabama hosted No. 6 Florida in front of one of the larger crowds to watch a basketball game this season.  The Tide kept it close most of the way through the game and actually closer than those would have thought against a senior lead Gator team that is picked to go to the Final Four.  Alabama never led during the contest but came within three several times in the 68-62 loss.  With the loss, Alabama falls to 8-10 overall, 2-3 in the SEC, while Florida is now 16-2, 5-0 in the SEC.

Alabama was without their second leading scorer Retin Obasohan who was out with a right hip flexor injury.  With the sophomore Obasohan sitting the bench the pressure was on Trevor Releford who never exited the game to make up the difference.

The Sr. point guard Trevor Releford led the team with 14 points, four assists, and two steals despite being covered by two Florida Gators.  He hit 50% of the team’s three-pointers but that statistic is a little skewed as Alabama only hit two from beyond the arch. The other came from Rodney Cooper late in the second half.

The Crimson Tide only attempted 12 three-pointers while Florida was 10 of 28 from the same distance.

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Alabama fought back all throughout the game and managed to out-score the Gators in the second half 36-35, but it was the Florida’s Michael Frazier who hit five of the Gators’ 10 3-pointers and managed to finished with a game-high 18 points.

Alabama had moments during the game and tried to spark a come-back but the senior laden Gators were too much for the Tide.  Alabama won the battle in steals and free-throws however as the Crimson Tide had six steals to the Gators 3 and went 73% to Florida’s 67%.

UFBBall_UA030Alabama is 8 – 0 when their opponents score 65 or less and are 0-10 when opponent scores more than 65. The loss snapped Alabama’s 14-game home winning streak against SEC competition.

Alabama is set to host the LSU Tigers on Saturday at 7 p.m.  The game will again be televised on ESPN2.

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