TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – No. 4/5 Alabama men’s basketball faces Vanderbilt at Coleman Coliseum on Monday (7:30 p.m. CT) as the Crimson Tide look to bounce back in its return to Southeastern Conference play. The Tide are off to one of their best starts in SEC play in program history, as the Tide looks to improve to 9-0 for the second time under Head Coach Nate Oats and second time since the 1956-66 season (Alabama finished the year with a perfect 14-0 record).
Over recent history the Commodores and Crimson Tide have played close ball games, with the last five contests (Alabama leads 3-2) decided by an average of 6.4 points. Alabama’s Brandon Miller continues his historic season as the freshman is the only Division I player to score 400 points, record 170 rebounds and make 65 three-pointers this season.
Tuesday’s game is set for a 7:30 p.m. CT tipoff and will be aired on the SEC Network with Mike Morgan (play-by-play), Daymeon Fishback (analyst) and Alyssa Lang (sideline) on the call.
The radio broadcast can be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play), Bryan Passink (analyst) and Roger Hoover (sideline) on the call, while Tom Stipe (engineer) is turning the dials. The pregame show will begin one hour prior to tipoff.
Notes You Need To Know
- Alabama’s 8-0 record ties for the fifth-best start in SEC play in program history
- Alabama has six Quad 1 wins this season, which is tied for fifth-most in the country
- The Tide is one of six teams and the only Power 5 team left this season with an unbeaten record in conference play
- Alabama is 14-12 against AP Top 25 teams during Nate Oats’ tenure
- The Crimson Tide is one of six schools (UConn, UCLA., Creighton, Houston and Purdue) to rank in the top-23 in both defense adjusted efficiency (No. 6) and in offense adjusted efficiency (No. 23) according to KenPom
- Alabama has posted five wins over top-25 opponents in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history, going 10-5 over the span
- Over the last three contests UA’s bench is averaging 30 points per game
- Brandon Miller is averaging 19.0 points per game, the most by any freshman in the country and No. 39 overall
- Miller is the only player in Division I to score 400 points, record 170 rebounds and make 65 three-pointers this season
- Miller is shooting .445 percent from three-point range, which ranks 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 that has scored 400 points and recorded 170 rebounds this season
- The last five Alabama-Vanderbilt matchups have been decided by an average of 6.4 points
- The last five Vanderbilt-Alabama matchups have been decided by an average of 6.4 points
- Vandy averaged 69.8 points per game in nonconference play and in SEC action, the Dores are putting up 75.1 points per game including a 63-point second- half explosion in the win over No. 15 Arkansas
- Vanderbilt boasts six student-athletes with a wingspan of 6’8” or longer: Quentin Millora-Brown (7’2”), Malik Dia (7’1.25”), Lee Dort (7’1”), Liam Robbins (7’), Myles Stute (6’8”) and Emmanuel Ansong (6’8”)
- Coach Stackhouse is one of three active NCAAD-I head coaches who was a top-three pick of 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 improve in the NET rankings in each of the last three seasons: 155 in 2018-19 (year before Stackhouse arrives); 142 in 2019-20; 102 in 2020-21; 62 in 2021-22
- In his last five games, Tyrin Lawrence is averaging 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game
- Vanderbilt has four active student-athletes who have scored 1,000 points in their NCAA career: Jordan Wright (Vanderbilt); Liam Robbins (Drake, Minnesota, Vanderbilt); Ezra Manjon (UC Davis, Vanderbilt); Emmanuel Ansong (Wheeling, Green Bay, Vanderbilt)
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