After a close 81-78 win in South Carolina last Tuesday followed by a 115-82 shellacking of Georgia on Saturday afternoon, Basketball No. 11 Alabama is looking to continue its third straight win with a trip to Texas A&M on Wednesday evening (8:00 p.m. CT , SEC network).
The Crimson Tide is currently 12-1 in the conference with a 17-5 overall record. Meanwhile, the Aggies are currently 8-7 overall and 2-6 in the SEC.
While Alabama has delayed a few more SEC games due to COVID-19 issues, Texas A&M has had its fair share of problems. The Aggies’ last four games have been postponed due to problems with the coronavirus, with the last game it took part in dating Jan. 30 in Kansas State in the SEC / Big 12 Challenge.
Last Friday, Alabama coach Nate Oats announced that the game was still underway according to administrators of both schools.
“Our administrators said they spoke to their administrators,” Oats said. “As of now, they said they would be back next week. We plan to play it. They have been on hiatus since February 2 because it will be a little over two weeks when we play them. It looks like it will play. two weeks, I suspect their two weeks would be over and they would play on Wednesday.
“At least we heard that from their administration.”
The Crimson Tide may not have any COVID-19 issues at this point, but it is still dealing with injuries. Herb Jones scored 21 points against Georgia on Saturday, but is still struggling with back pain. In the meantime, Juwan Gary and Jordan Bruner are both expected to be eliminated on Wednesday as Gary suffers a shoulder injury while Bruner is still recovering from a torn meniscus he sustained in Kentucky on Jan. 12.
Alabama is now just two wins away from earning the SEC regular season title. Texas A&M won’t be an easy game for Alabama to overcome, but a win over the Aggies and then against Vanderbilt this Saturday is all that separates the team from a 1-seed in the SEC tournament.
No. 11 Alabama at Texas A&M
True: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
When: 8:00 PM, CT, Wednesday
TV: SEC network
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network
Last time out, Alabama: The Crimson Tide dismantled the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon, 115-82. Despite his nagging back injury, Herb Jones led Alabama with 21 points and took home the coveted Hard Hat Award. The 115 points scored by the Crimson Tide are the most in program history against any other SEC team, and a dunk of Darius Miles in the closing minutes of the game came second in the SportsCenter Top 10 of the evening. While Georgia is hardly a statement win, the Crimson Tide still made a statement that even if it has two of its best greats behind it, it is still one of the top contenders in the SEC.
Last time out, Texas A&M: The Aggies’ last timeout was all the way back on Jan. 30 at the SEC / Big 12 Challenge in Kansas State. While Texas A&M was able to take a 68-61 victory, the Aggies’ next four games were postponed due to problems with COVID-19.
The series: This will be the 22nd game between the two teams, with Alabama taking a 12-9 lead over Texas A&M in the series. That said, the Crimson Tide has lost its last four encounters, with a final win going back to a 79-57 win on December 30, 2017.
More about the last meeting: In the last meeting of the two teams on February 19, 2020, Alabama lost 74-68 on its home field. Jaden Shackelford led the Crimson Tide by 24 points, and two other players scored double digits in Kira Lewis Jr. and John Petty Jr. with 16 and 11 points respectively. However, the three high-scoring performances weren’t enough for Alabama to beat Texas A&M and its four double-digit players, culminating in a 20-point game from Quenton Jackson.