February 20, 2013

Alabama preview

It has been tough sledding for Mississippi State since the last time the Bulldogs met Alabama on the hardwood last month.

The Crimson Tide downed MSU 75-43 in Starkville on Jan. 16 and sending the Bulldogs in a 10-game downward spiral since.

State is hoping to put an end to the skid tonight traveling to Tuscaloosa for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

In the previous meeting, the Bulldogs led until the 7:02 mark of the first half. Alabama closed out the half on a 10-3 run and opened up the second half with five consecutive 3-pointers to pull away. Sophomore guard Levi Randolph led the Tide with 18 points and sophomore forward Nick Jacobs added a double-double off the bench with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Freshman wing Fred Thomas was the only Bulldog in double figures with 10 points.

Alabama leads the overall series 116-73 including a 74-14 record in Tuscaloosa. The Bulldogs have not won inside Coleman Coliseum since 2008, where Alabama has won 11 of the last 15 games in the series.

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