JaMychal Green's last regular season game as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team will be very similar to every other game the forward has played during his college career. As usual, he will be looked to for leadership and guidance by his coach and teammates when they travel to Oxford, Miss for a 3 pm CT tip-ff Saturday againt the Ole Miss Rebels. As the lone senior on a team of mostly freshmen and sophomores, coach Anthony Grant is expecting Green to continue to be a pivotal force for an Alabama team that is 20-9 overall and 9-6 in the SEC. Grant knows that Green, who led the Tide with 15 points and 10 rebounds in their 55-49 win over Auburn on Senior Night Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, and the rest of the Tide will have their work cut out for them if they hope to escape Oxford with a win during what will be the Rebels' Senior Night festivities.
"We've got a tough game on the road against Ole Miss," Grant said. "It was a challenging double-overtime game the last time we played them. We've got to be prepared for it to be a very emotional game with it being `Senior Night' at their place and a lot on the line right now."
Green, who led the Tide with 16 points and 12 rebounds in that 69-67 double-overtime victory over the Rebels a month ago, averages 14 points and 7 rebounds for a team that has won 7 out of their last 9 after starting 2-4 in conference play. Guard Trevor Releford averages 12 points while also dishing out 3 assists a contest. The sophomore also averages over 2 steals a game. Junior guard Andrew Steele continues to be a burst of energy for the Tide since returning from possible career-ending concussions. He is averaging over 7 points a game and almost 4 rebounds and 3 assists a game. More importantly, Alabama is 10-5 with him in the lineup and has won 5 out of the last 6 games he's started, including 4 straight.
Ole Miss, who is 17-12 and 7-8 in the SEC, comes in to this game with an incredible 11-2 record at home. The Rebels' only two losses this season at Tad Smith Coliseum have come at the hands of Florida and Vanderbilt, the two teams with the 2nd and 3rd best records in the SEC. Coach Andy Kennedy's squad is led by Terrence Henry and his 12 points a game. Forward Murphy Holloway, who is second on the team in scoring with over 11 points a game, leads the Rebels in rebounding with 9 boards a contest.
The game is scheduled to be broadcast by the SEC Network.