Alabama Undefeated in the SEC After Ole Miss Win
Alabama played their first game of 2023 on Tuesday, defeating Ole Miss 84-62. The game was a brawl from the beginning with tough defense from both teams. However, the Tide dug deep and played hard to pull out a win.
Brandon Miller led the team with 17 points followed by Mark Sears with 16.
Charles Bediako received the Hard Hat award against Ole Miss. Although he was fouled out of the game, his persistent blocking efforts and rebounds earned him MVP for the evening.
The Tide struggled with shooting accuracy right off the bat. This almost caught up to them during the second half of the game when Ole Miss had a short scoring streak.
Yet, Alabama's 3-point game saved their win, and Brandon Miller's half-court three had the whole arena on their feet.
Alabama and Ole Miss' blocking games were both on point, causing both competition and lots of fouls. Alabama walked away with a total of 15 fouls and Ole Miss with 23.
Noah Clowney had a remarkable defense game, several times he was able to keep the Landsharks from scoring. His time at the net even earned him a big-time dunk in the second half, assisted by Jahvon Quinerly.
The SEC rivals had a game of turnovers in the first half with Ole Miss having seven and Alabama having four. Alabama used their aggressive defense and quick rebounds to put themselves 21 points ahead during halftime for a 44-23 score. Ole Miss came back during the second half seeking vengeance and scored on the Tide a bit toward the end when their pace slowed.
The second half dragged on when Alabama couldn't seem to find their usual rhythm and Coleman's energy was low.
Jaden Bradley was able to keep his momentum going, scoring 11-of-14 of his game points in the second half. When asked what worked for him to keep going he said,
"You know my teammates help me stay confident, you know Charles the 'big man' gave me great screens to get down to the basket and to get to the free throw line," said Bradley.
Quinerly also brought the arena back to life in the second half with his on-point three-pointer game.
As the Tide moves into more SEC games such as Kentucky and LSU coming up, they could benefit from controlling turnovers and shooting accuracy against their rivals. When asked about the rest of the season Miller said,
"Right now we're just having fun with it, getting great wins like this for each other, I think it's the best thing ever," he said. "We can go real far in this SEC play and potentially win a championship."