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No. 4/5 Alabama Returns to SEC Play Against Vanderbilt

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.


The Broadcast


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


About Vanderbilt


  • 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)


For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facer the book. General athletic news can be found @UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.


Huntsville Impressive in Class 7A Duals Wrestling Finals Victory over Smiths Station

BIRMINGHAM – Smiths Station’s Kylan Pace opened the Class 7A Duals Wrestling championship with a 12-6 victory over Huntsville High’s Daniel Bennett at 170 pounds, staking the Panthers to earn early 3-0 lead. It didn’t last.
     The Crimson Panthers reeled off six individual wins in a row and steamrolled to a 59-6 victory over Smiths Station to capture the 2023 Class 7A Duals title on Friday at Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex. It’s the first Duals crown for Huntsville, coached by Patrick Harris, and ended Thompson’s four-year duals reign after beating the Warriors in the semifinals
     “This is a cap to how we’ve been working for the last seven years to get to this spot,” Harris said.
     Huntsville won its first state wrestling championship, having previously finished third “years ago,” Harris said, in the traditional state tournament. The Panthers also advanced to the Duals final for the first time this season.
     Dalton Wood started Huntsville’s six-match streak by pinning Smiths Station’s Erik Short in the 182-pound weight class. Griffin McKinney (195 pounds), Todd Whitmire (222 pounds) and Kiyon Simon (106 pounds) won by decision, while Bradley Wilbourn (285 pounds) and Wallace Blue (113 pounds) earned pinfall wins.
     After Smiths Station’s Tommy Luttrell earned a 6-0 decision at 120 pounds, Huntsville ended the match with six more individual match wins, including three straight pins by Brock Fields at 145 pounds, Noah Gross at 152 pounds and John McKinney at 160 pounds.
     “They were fun to watch,” Harris said. “We were very physical and showed good sportsmanship, and it reflected well on the school and the community really well.”
     Smiths Station, coached by Tommy Sanders, also made its first appearance in the duals championship round.
     In the consolation match, Thompson defeated Enterprise 68-3. The Warriors, coached by Shawn Weltzin, recorded eight pins – Will Atkinson (106 pounds), Kiowa Vines (132 pounds), Nick Dempsey (138 pounds), Parker Edmondson (145 pounds), Paxton Miller (160 pounds), Nathan Black (182 pounds), Avery Clark (220 pounds) and Dylon Marquess (285 pounds).
     For Enterprise, coached by Willie Fells, 126-pounder Grier Hunt won for the Wildcats’ only individual match victory.
     The AHSAA Wrestling Duals Championships continued Friday with Class 1A/4A and Class 5A duals finals and consolation matches remaining. Sparkman also won the AHSAA Girls’ Wrestling Tournament Friday.
    All matches are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based platform.


Huntsville (28-0) 59, Smiths Station (22-4) 6

Thompson (25-10) 68, Enterprise (22-4) 3


Mountain Brook (14-4) 32, Mortimer Jordan (31-3) 27

Hartselle (17-2) 36, Wetumpka (14-3) 35


Jasper vs. Tallassee, at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m.

Hayden vs. Wetumpka, at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m.


Dora (32-2) vs. Ranburne (23-2), at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 3:15 p.m.

New Hope (13-1) vs. Saint James (17-3), at Bill Harris Arena, Friday, Jan. 20, 3:15 p.m.

AHSAA Wrestling Duals Finals
Class 7A Championship Match
Huntsville (28-0) 59, Smiths Station (22-4) 6

106 pounds: Kiyan Simon, Huntsville dec. Eli Sanders, Smiths Station, Maj Dec 17-4.
113 pounds: 
Wallace Blue, Huntsville pinned Dustin Dunbar, Smiths Station, Fall 4:20.
120 pounds: 
Timothy Luttrell, Smiths Station dec. Jack Carter, Huntsville, 6-0.
126 pounds: 
Joseph Sowell, Huntsville dec. Jaden Sanford, Smiths Station, 6-1.
132 pounds: Yanik Simon, Huntsville pinned Craig Harris, Smiths Station, Fall 1:57.
138 pounds: Jake Ciccolrella, Huntsville dec. Bryson McDonald, Smiths Ststion, MAJ Dec 16-6.

145 pounds: Brock Fields, Huntsville pinned Andrew Bryant, Smiths Station, Fall 1:18.
152 pounds: 
Noah Gross, Huntsville pinned Al Williams, Smiths Station, Fall 0:30.
160 pounds: John McKinney, Huntsville pinned Nathaniel Jarmon, Smiths Station, Fall 1:48.
170 pounds: 
Kylan Pace, Smiths Station dec. Daniel Bennett, Huntsville, 12-6.
182 pounds: 
Dalton Wood, Huntsville pinned Erik Short, Smiths Station, Fall 2:00.
195 pounds: 
Griffin McKinney, Huntsville dec. Robert Sanborn, Smiths Station,TB-1 6-4.
220 pounds: 
Todd Whitmire, Huntsville dec. Lance Peterson, Smiths Station, 5-2.
285 pounds: 
Bradley Wilburn, Huntsville pinned Ken Felder, Smiths Station, Fall 0:43.

Class 7A Consolation Match
Thompson (25-10) 68, Enterprise (22-4) 3 

106 pounds: Will Arkinson, Thompson pinned Karter Stiffler, Enterprise, Fall 0:25.
113 pounds: 
Caleb Gray-Lowe, Thompson dec. Paxton Hanshaw, Enterprise, Maj. Dec 14-2.
120 pounds: 
Thomas Giere, Thompson dec. Kameron Stiffler, Enterprise, Maj. Dec 10-2.
126 pounds: 
Grier Hunt, Enterprise dec. Jordan Weltzin, Thompson, 2-0.
132 pounds: 
Kiowa Vines, Thompson pinned Samuel Bright, Enterprise, Fall 4:23.
138 pounds: 
Nick Dempsey, Thompson pinned Konner Galvez, Enterprise, Fall 0:46.
145 pounds: 
Parker Edmondson, Thompson pinned Kaemon Smith, Enterprise, Fall 1:45.
152 pounds: 
Devin Stone, Thompson dec. Cody Kirk, Enterprise, TB-1 7-4.
160 pounds: 
Paxton Miller, Thompson pinned Samuel Lynon, Enterprise, Fall 4:21.
170 pounds: 
Carson Freeman, Thompson dec. Kody Sigmon, Enterprise, Maj Dec 15-1. 
182 pounds: 
Nathan Black, Thompson pinned Brandon Bethea, Enterprise, Fall 1:19.
195 pounds: 
Barron Criddle, Thompson dec. Marcus Holder, Enterprise, Tech Fall 16-0.
220 pounds:
 Avery Clark, Thompson pinned Xavier Henderson, Enterprise, Fall 1:32.
285 pounds: 
Dylan Marquess, Thompson won by forfeit

Class 6A Championship Match
Mountain Brook (14-4) 32, Mortimer Jordan (31-3) 27

106 pounds: Wyatt Chavez, Mountain Brook dec. Amonte Fleming, Mortimer Jordan, Mag. Dec 10-2.
113 pounds: 
Caleb Wright, Mortimer Jordan dec. Stephen Springfield, Mountain Brook, 9-4.
120 pounds: 
Aiden Morris, Mortimer Jordan dec. Christopher Brown, Mountain Brook, 6-2.
126 pounds: 
Brodie Christmas, Mortimer Jordan dec. Douglas Johnson, Mountain Brook, 7-6.
132 pounds: 
Cruz Rainwater, Mortimer Jordan pinned Bill Bradford, Mountain Brook, Fall 1:14.
138 pounds: 
Nathan McCain, Mountain Brook dec. John Leon, Mortimer Jordan, 5-3.
145 pounds: Caden Todoroff, Mortimer Jordan pinned Stuart Andrews, Mountain Brook, Fall 1:34.
152 pounds: 
Jacob Horton, Mortimer Jordan dec. Coleman Bates, Mountain Brook, 4-2.
160 pounds: Judd Smith, Mountain Brook dec. Gavin Friese, Mortimer Jordan, 8-2.
170 pounds: Conner Horton, Mortimer Jordan dec. Sam Carroll, Mountain Brook, 7-3.
182 pounds: 
Jack Windle, Mountain Brook dec. Weston Tossie, Mortimer Jordan, 13-1 MAJ dec.
195 pounds: 
Allen Baker, Mountain Brook pinned Terrence Bowie, Mortimer Jordan, Fall 2:59
220 pounds: William Courtenay, Mountain Brook pinned Jacob Anderson, Mortimer Jordan, Fall 1:00. 
285 pounds: Malik Barfield, Mortimer Jordan vs. Daniel Ellis, Mountain Brook

Class 6A Championship Consolation Match
Hartselle (17-2) 36, Wetumpka (14-3) 35 

106 pounds: Jacob DoshierHartselle pinned Eli Walsh, Wetumpka, Fall 0:56.
113 pounds: Ramon Lozada, Wetumpka) dec. Jackson Schutt Hartselle7-0.
120 pounds: Roman McWilliams, Wetumpka dec. Ethan ThorneHartselleTech Fall 16-0
126 pounds: 
Gage Roberts, Hartselle pinned Troy Watson Wetumpka),  Fall 0:52.
132 pounds: 
Lincoln BryantHartselle won by forfeit
138 pounds: Tyler Mann, Wetumpka dec. Ethan England, Hartselle, 5-1
145 pounds: 
Chad Strickland, Wetumpka won by forfeit
152 pounds: Payton RobertsHartselle dec. Zach Crostwait, Wetumpka, 8-5.
160 pounds: Gage Ownby, Hartselle pinned Melvin Owens, WetumpkaFall 3:50.
170 pounds: Andrii Tymchenko, Hartselle pinned Eduardo Roblero, Wetumpka), Fall 1:58.
182 pounds: Jameson FalcianiHartselle dec. Kaleb Robinson, Wetumpka, 8-1.
195 pounds: Jason Henegar, Wetumpka pinned Sam Ashley, HartselleFall 2:31.
220 pounds
: Christian Preston, Wetumpka pinned Brian Holt, HartselleFall 1:52.
285 pounds: Willie Cox, Wetumpka pinned Brayden Huckabee, HartselleFall 2:45. 


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