JaMychal Green's sometimes tumultuous college career is starting to come to an end. The lone senior on Alabama's basketball team will likely be playing in his final game at Coleman Coliseum tonight as the Crimson Tide (19-9, 8-6 SEC) hosts the Auburn Tigers (14-14, 4-10 SEC) on Senior Night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm CT with the SEC Network broadcasting the game.
Green, who is averaging a team-leading 14 points and 7 rebounds a game, almost wasn't around to celebrate the Senior Night festivities. The All-SEC forward from Montgomery found himself suspended from the team-his third time in 3 years-a few weeks ago by head coach Anthony Grant for "conduct detrimental to the team". As Green's suspension stretched out to 4 games, many fans feared that they would never get the opportunity to see the talented player in an Alabama uniform again. Luckily, coach Grant put those fears to rest before the Mississippi State game when he announced that Green would be re-joining the team. Whatever message the third-year coach was trying to deliver, the 4 year starter seemed to get it. Green came off the bench against the Bulldogs and scored 9 points while pulling down 3 rebounds in a strong 25 minutes of work. Perhaps Green's biggest contribution in the 67-50 victory, however, was his strong effort on defense, where he helped to hold the Bulldog's Arnett Moultrie to just 7 points. Moultrie had 25 points against the Tide in State's 56-52 victory over Bama earlier in the season. Hopefully Green, who had 19 points and 7 rebounds in Alabama's 68-50 win over the Tigers earlier this season, will have another strong game tonight and leave the hometown crowd with one final positive memory of one of the most successful players in Crimson Tide history.
Auburn, in it's second season under head coach Tony Barbee, is led by Frankie Sullivan and Kenny Gabriel, who both average over 12 points a game. Gabriel also leads the Tigers in rebounding with over 7 a game. The Tigers have lost 5 out of their last 6 games and seem to be out of post-season contention.