Despite the best efforts of senior forward JaMychal Green and sophomore guard Trevor Releford, the Alabama basketball team was no match for the Ole Miss Rebels and the crew of officials calling Saturday afternoon's regular season finale in Oxford at the Tad Smith Coliseum. The Rebels were able to defeat the Tide 60-51, thanks to the Tide's poor shooting and the fact that Alabama was called for 12 more fouls than the Rebels. The Rebels, who amassed 15 team fouls, got to go to the line a whopping 34 times thanks to the 27 fouls that officials Doug Shows, Mike Thibodeaux, and James Barker called on the Tide.
Alabama, who saw their 3 game winning streak snapped, dropped to 20-10 overall and 9-7 in the SEC. They were led by Releford and his game-high 12 points, while Green had a game-high 13 rebounds and 3 blocks to go along with 11 points. It was the 26th career double-double for the All-American and All-SEC player from Montgomery in what was the last regular season game of his career. Green leads the SEC in double-doubles among active players.
While Releford and Green led the offense, they were not the only two Tiders playing hard. Junior guard Andrew Steele had 9 points and a game-high 7 assists, while freshman forward Nick Jacobs contributed 8 points and 8 rebounds. Freshman guard Levi Randolph also had 8 points in only 15 minutes of work.
Overall, however, the Tide did not play well offensively. Coach Anthony Grant's club shot only 34% from the field, while also hitting only 57% of their free throws. Usually Alabama, who leads the SEC in free throw percentage, is much more successful from the charity stripe. The Tide also kept up their season-long poor shooting from the behind the arc, hitting a paltry 25%.
Coach Andy Kennedy's Rebels, who saw their record improve to 18-12 overall and 8-8 in the SEC, were led by three players who all scored 10 points each. Guard Jarvis Summers and forward Terrance Jones scored their 10 points from their position as starters, while LaDarius White came off the bench to score his 10 points in only 17 minutes of work. Forward Reginald Buckner also had a big game for the Rebels, scoring 9 points while pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds.
Up next for the Tide is a trip to New Orleans for the SEC Tournament. Alabama enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed and opens up with a Thursday afternoon game at 2:30 pm CT against the 12th seeded South Carolina Gamecocks.