Alabama beats Florida for SEC basketball lead – archyde

Here’s what we learned from Alabama’s 86:71 win over Florida Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum. That win put the Crimson Tide at the top of the very early SEC with a 3-0 start.

Crimson Tide drives like DeChambeau

Even without Jahvon Quinerly, who was out due to a medical problem, Alabama pledged to get the ball in the basket against Florida as often as possible. The result was an even offensive attack with five players in the double digits, led by Herb Jones, Jaden Shackleford and Keon Ellis with 16 points each.

Ellis showed the form that made him an All-American at junior college, adding eight team-level rebounds to his 16 points. His plus / minus ratio was plus-30 in 24 minutes of play.

“Keon was amazing,” said Alabama’s manager Nate Oats. “He grew up about 90 minutes from Florida campus, so I know it was big for him.”

The relentless assault on the rim opened up a controlled but effective 3 point attack as the Crimson Tide shot 40% (8 out of 20) behind the extended line.

The 3-0 start is Alabama’s best since 1986/87

The last time an Alabama team started 3-0 in the SEC game was the 1987 team that won the SEC title and rose to Sweet 16. Tuesday’s win was Alabama’s first win over Florida at the Coleman Coliseum since 2006, when Antoine Pettway’s chase Alabama gave its most recent SEC championship.

Oats says it was a “character game”.

“I thought they’d come out and answer the bell like they’d need,” Oats said on his postgame zoom call. “Wasn’t too happy with their efforts for the first eight minutes but I think they regrouped after that. They showed a lot of character tonight and left their ego at the door.

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