The Alabama Crimson Tide (8–10, 2–3 SEC) dropped their second-straight SEC game on Thursday night against the No. 6-ranked Florida Gators (16–2, 5–0 SEC).
The Gators controlled the game from the opening tip-off, but a solid defensive effort by the Tide kept the game close.
The Tide was unable to find an answer to Florida’s smothering zone on offense. Alabama finished a sub-par 38.6 percent from the field and shot just 16 percent from three-point range.
Senior guard Trevor Releford led Alabama with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Forward Nick Jacobs and guard Levi Randolph were big contributors off the bench. Jacobs finished with 12 points and Randolph with 11.
Jacobs showed an unfamiliar shooting touch draining two long-range two point shots in big situations.
Florida sophomore guard Michael Frazier II had a big night and led all scorers with 18 points, 15 of which came from three-point range. Guard Scottie Wilbekin added 10 points and 4 assists in 35 minutes of play.
Although Tide forwards Carl Engstrom and Jimmie Taylor didn’t have great statistical nights, they were able to limit Florida’s attack on the post. Seniors Patric Young and Will Yeguete were limited to just a combined 11 points. Young played with 4 fouls for much of the second half and only gathered 6 rebounds on the night.
The Crimson Tide lacked a bit of excitement on Thursday night without sophomore guard Retin Obasohan. Obasohan didn’t dress and was sidelined with a hip injury. It was later reported that he strained his hip flexor during practice on Tuesday.
Trevor Releford was certain that his presence was missed on the floor. “If Retin (Obasohan) was out there, he would’ve definitely helped,” Releford said.
Alabama’s challenging start to the conference schedule continues on Saturday at home against the LSU Tigers (12–5, 3–2 SEC). The Tigers sport impressive wins on their resume including a 77–71 victory over the Missouri Tigers (14–4, 2–3 SEC) at home.
Florida will look to stay perfect as they return home to face the Tennessee Volunteers (12–6, 3–2 SEC) in Gainesville.
Saturday’s game will tip-off at 7 p.m. CT at Coleman Coliseum. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN2 and via the WatchESPN app. Radio coverage, as always will be provided by your local CTSN affiliate.
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