Avery Johnson the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide gives instructions to his team in the game against the Ole Miss Rebels during the second round of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Men’s preview: Alabama vs. Texas

Posted December 1st, 2016


Time: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540)

TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 FM The Horn


Series history: Texas leads the all-time series 7-4, however not many fans remember those games. These two teams have not played since Dec. 4, 1971.

TEXAS (3-3 overall)
12GKerwin Roach Jr.Soph.6-417512.22.4*
5GKendal YancySr.6-32108.23.3
10GEric Davis Jr.Soph.6-31958.24.2
31FJarrett AllenFr.6-1123510.57.8
32FShaq CleareSr.6-82754.84.3
Coach: Shaka Smart (23-16, 2nd season at Texas; 186-72, 8th season overall)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Longhorns: The calendar just flipped to December, but it’s never too early to start thinking about March. The Horns have lost three consecutive games against teams that will be in the NCAA Tournament hunt. This is the last high-profile home game of the non-conference schedule, too. Texas needs every win it can get this month. … G Tevin Mack has posted double-digit performances in four of the last five games . He’s also shooting almost 42 percent from 3-point range. … F Jarrett Allen had eight points and 11 rebounds in the first half against UT-Arlington but only five points and one board after the break.

ALABAMA (4-2 overall)
12GDazon IngramR-Fr.6-520510.04.2*
3GCorban CollinsSr.6-31958.81.5
00G/FNick KingJr.6-72283.33.2
25FBraxton KeyFr.6-822510.73.5
10FJimmie TaylorSr.6-102504.23.0
Coach: Avery Johnson (22-17, 2nd season at Alabama)
*-indicates assists per game

About the Crimson Tide: The most impressive aspect about the Tide may be the coach on the sideline. Avery Johnson, a huge fan favorite during his NBA playing days with the Spurs, compiled a 254-186 record in six-plus seasons with the Mavericks and Nets. He joined Alabama on April 6, 2015. In his first season, the Tide was 18-15 and reached the NIT. … Alabama suffered a five-point loss to Dayton and an eight-point loss to Valparaiso this season. … Braxton Key and Dazon Ingram are the only two players averaging in double figures. The Tide’s defense has been inconsistent. Opponents are shooting better than 40 percent so far this season.


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