|February 22, 2014||Levi Randolph scores a career-high 33 in Alabama's win over Missouri|
|February 16, 2014||Shaun Dion Hamilton aims to be Alabama's next great inside linebacker|
|February 14, 2014||Alabama signee Cam Robinson hoping to become the Tide's next left tackle|
|February 13, 2014||Alabama signee David Cornwell ready to compete in stacked quarterback race|
|February 12, 2014||Alabama's Kevin Steele to coach inside linebackers, Kirby Smart to coach secondary|
|February 12, 2014||Early risers: Recruits enrolling in January has developed into trend for Alabama|
|February 11, 2014||Late three from Trevor Releford snaps Alabama's four-game losing streak|
|February 10, 2014||Alabama's Crimson Caravan schedule for 2014 includes stops in Charlotte, Nashville|
|February 08, 2014||Alabama legacy Keith Holcombe's dream of signing with the Tide comes true|
|February 07, 2014||As Rashaan Evans deals with backlash for picking Alabama, he'll have plenty of teammates to lean ...|
TUSCALOOSA -- Levi Randolph was aggressive from the tip, actively hunting his shot.
The junior guard set the tone for Alabama’s 80-73 victory over Missouri with 19 first half points en route to a career-high 33 on Saturday.
“Once you see a shot go in, you feel good,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said. “He’s shot the ball well the last couple of games. He works hard. He’s had his struggles, our team has had their struggles shooting the ball. It’s good to see hard work be rewarded.
“I was just happy for him to have that type of game in that type of situation that he had tonight. I think its well deserved.”
The Crimson Tide (11-16, 5-9 SEC) ended a two-game skid.
Randolph knocked down 11 of his 15 shots including five three-pointers. He also led the Tide with 38 minutes played. Randolph was able to get a few dunks early to help get him going.
“As a basketball player, you try to (get) easy buckets,” Randolph said. “They get you going a little bit. I was trying to play in the flow of the game and take what came.”
Senior guard Trevor Releford put in 18 points and handed out six assists. Releford went to the locker room early in the first half after taking a knee to his upper thigh. He returned after a brief rest and finished the game, playing a total of 35 minutes. Grant said Releford suffered a contusion and will receive treatment, but noted that Releford should be fine going forward.
“Trevor played completely on heart and guts tonight,” Grant said. “He was no where near 100 percent so he played on just guts.”
For the night, the Tide shot 57.4 percent (27-47) from the floor and 47.6 percent (10-21) of its three pointers.
Alabama was outrebounded 36-24, but forced 16 turnovers and converted them into 19 points.
“Tough loss for us. I thought Alabama played with a lot more passion, a lot more toughness than we did,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “I thought we didn’t defend at all. … It really hurt us that we weren’t able to do what we needed to do on that (defensive) end of the court. That was really disappointing.”The Tide will travel to Mississippi to battle Ole Miss Wednesday before returning home to host rival Auburn on March 1.
TUSCALOOSA -- Trevor Releford’s three-pointer with less than a second on the clock propelled the Crimson Tide to a 67-64 win over Ole Miss on Tuesday.
After two free throws by Ole Miss guard Jarvis Summers with 12 seconds left, Releford took the ball up the floor, passed to Rodney Cooper and got it back at the top of the key. With Marshall Henderson guarding him, Releford drilled the game winner to snap the Tide’s four-game losing skid.
“I saw Marshall try to play over the screen so I just crossed back over and took the shot,” Releford said. “I took what he gave me.”
Releford scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half to lead the Tide to the dramatic victory. Releford played 34 minutes.
“In the first half, I felt like I was struggling,” Releford said. “There was a point where coach took me out and just let me rest for a minute and get my legs back under me. I think that was key because I was a little frustrated with myself. I was able to gather myself and just focus on what I needed to focus on. I think that helped me throughout the rest of the game.”
After leading for much of night, Alabama trailed 55-51 with five minutes to play. Releford scored 14 of the Tide’s final 16 points and had an assist on the other two points.
“I thought Trevor really did an outstanding job of leading our team and willing our team to victory tonight with his efforts,” Tide coach Anthony Grant said.
On the night, 59 of the Tide’s 67 points came from Releford, Nick Jacobs and Shannon Hale. Jacobs put in 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Hale added 15. While Rodney Cooper didn’t have a big scoring night, he pulled down 10 rebounds.
Ole Miss had more turnovers (12) than assists (10). The Tide also dominated Ole Miss in the paint with a 34-18 advantage. Alabama also held a 42-34 rebound edge.
“We got some good efforts from a lot of different guys tonight and I think this team needed a win,” Grant said. “We needed some positive momentum going our way. It’s great to be able to get this win in the fashion that we did.”The Tide (10-14, 4-7 SEC) will hit the road to travel to South Carolina for a matchup with the Gamecocks on Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Caravan will make eight stops in 2014.
The tour begins on April 22 and concludes May 20.
Along with Saban’s regular appearances in Huntsville (April 22), Mobile (May 1) and Birmingham (May 20) are stops in Dothan (April 29) and Montgomery (May 13).
Saban will also speak in Charlotte, N.C (April 24)
For a third consecutive year, Saban will speak in the city where Alabama opens its upcoming season when the caravan makes a stop in Atlanta (May 6).
Other Alabama coaches and university officials will also make appearances. Times and specific locations will be announced at a later date.
Tickets are $50 each for all events except Charlotte, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn., which are $75 each.
Crimson Caravan city/date
--Huntsville April 22
--Charlotte, NC April 24
--Dothan April 29
--Mobile May 1
--Atlanta May 6
--Montgomery May 13
--Nashville, Tenn. May 15
--Birmingham May 20