The Alabama Crimson Tide (12–17, 6–10 SEC) redeemed a mid-season loss to the Auburn Tigers (13–14, 5–11 SEC) in dominating fashion on Saturday afternoon at Coleman Coliseum.
Although the game had little-to-no significance in the SEC standings, the Iron Bowl of basketball always makes for a trilling and hate-filled matchup.
Led by another inspired performance by junior guard Levi Randolph, the Crimson Tide took control of the game early and never looked back.
Randolph notched his third straight game in double-figures with 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead all scorers. Randolph has seen a major confidence boost since scoring 33 points in an 80–73 victory over the Missouri Tigers on Feb. 22.
Senior guard Trevor Releford was able to extend his streak of double-digit scoring games with 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Releford has been the lone constant for Alabama most of the season and has scored in double-figures in all 29 contests.
Freshman forward Jimmie Taylor has shown signs of developing into a complete post player throughout the season and was a major factor against the Tigers.
Although Taylor only scored four points, he was a force when protecting the rim. He finished with four blocks and four rebounds before having to sit with four fouls.
Sophomore guard Retin Obasohan broke out of his scoring slump and finished with 13 points and three rebounds. Saturday’s game marks the first time Obasohan has reached double-figures since the Missouri game on Jan. 18.
Junior guard KT Harrell led the scoring attack for Auburn and finished with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Crimson Tide was able to control Auburn senior guard Chris Denson after a career-high 32 points in their first meeting. Denson was limited to just six points and six rebounds on 2-for–15 shooting.
The win gives Alabama some much needed momentum heading into a big matchup at Rupp Arena on March 4.
The Crimson Tide will look to notch its first road victory of the season against the No. 17-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (21–7, 11–4 SEC).
Auburn will return home to face the Tennessee Volunteers (18–11, 9–7 SEC) on Wednesday night.
Tuesday night’s game will tip-off at 8 p.m. CT in Lexington, Ky. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN and the WatchESPN app. Radio coverage, as always, will be provided by your local CTSN affiliate.
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