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Video of ‘Rammer Jammer’ after Alabama beats Auburn

The final score: Alabama 55, Auburn 49. This was the scene right after the game in Coleman Coliseum.

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Video of Iron Bowl trophy presentation

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for. The Iron Bowl Trophy is officially back in Alabama’s possession after the halftime presentation from the Auburn student body president. Here you go. Enjoy the rest of the game.

 

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Panoramic look at sold out Coleman Coliseum

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The official starting lineups for Alabama-Auburn found here

It’s almost basketball time in football country. The starting lineups have been posted in Coleman Coliseum. Click here to follow the live action on our Twitter home.

Alabama lineup:
G Rodney Cooper, 6-6, Fr., 5.6 ppg., 2.4 rpg.;
G Trevor Releford, 6-0, So., 12.2 ppg., 2.9 assists;
F JaMychal Green, 6-8, Sr., 13.9 ppg., 7.0 rpg.;
G Levi Randolph, 6-5, Fr., 6.3 ppg., 4.1 rpg.;
G Andrew Steele, 6-4, So., 7.4 ppg., 3.6 rpg.

Auburn lineup:
G Josh Wallace, 5-10, Jr., 3.4 ppg., 2.1 assists;
G Frankie Sullivan, 6-1, Jr., 12.4 ppg., 3.9 rpg.;
F Kenny Gabriel, 6-8, Sr., 12.2 ppg., 7.5 rpg.;
F Rob Chubb, 6-10, Jr., 8.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg.;
G Noel Johnson, 6-6 So., 1.5 ppg., 1.6 rpg.

Noteworthy: Tide freshman Trevor Lacey is still questionable for the game after reinjuring his sprained ankle Saturday against Mississippi State. Coach Anthony Grant said he was limited in Monday’s practice. … Alabama announced all tickets were sold out Tuesday morning. Seven of the past 10 games with Auburn played in Coleman Coliseum were sold out … The Tide has four straight wins over Auburn after the Tigers took four in a row in the series.

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The Iron Bowl trophy is here

Look what just arrived at Coleman Coliseum. It’s the Iron Bowl football trophy. It’ll be handed back to Alabama at halftime.

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Take a look at anti-Auburn signs on student seats

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Instead of waiting for the students to raid newsstands, the Crimson White went ahead and decorated Coleman Coliseum tonight.

It’s all in the rivalry game, you know.

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Hello for the 3,000th time

I apologize in advance for the self-serving nature of this post, but it had to be noted. You are reading the 3,000th post in the almost 3-year history of The Daily Bama Blog.

This is shameful.

The fact that the last 1,000 took just about six months shows the growth of this site from the humble beginnings.

There are more readers now than ever before. I thank each of your for supplying the motivation to write as much and as often as I can.

As Nick Saban once said, this is not the end. This is just the beginning.

Expect more of the same and more of more in the days, weeks and months to come.

There’s no part of my job I enjoy more than keeping it casual with you fine folks on this site. As always, feel free to drop an email if you have feedback or a suggestion for future content.

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Fun with numbers: Alabama basketball edition

I can’t deny my love of numbers and statistics. Nevermind my deplorable history in math class. I can’t get enough. I’m a nerd.

So let’s take a look at some of the more entertaining figures as they relate to the Alabama basketball program with an assist from the media relations game notes. As you know, the Crimson Tide play host to Auburn at 7 tonight in Coleman Coliseum. Historically, that’s a good thing for Alabama.

The Tide is 43-8 against the long-time rivals when playing in Tuscaloosa. The record is 36-7 in Coleman Coliseum. On the road, Alabama is just 26-26 in games played in Auburn.

Alabama is 3-2 in games played on Wednesdays. Sunday, Monday and Friday are better for the Tide since Anthony Grant’s team is 5-0 when playing those days. Alabama doesn’t have a losing record on any single day of the week, but is 5-4 on Saturdays.

The fact that it’s still February is a decent omen for Alabama, too. The Tide is a combined 12-2 in the two bookend months of the season so far (November and February). December and January were not as kind. Alabama was 7-7 in the middle of the  season.

The bench has played a major role in the three-game Alabama winnings streak. The reserves have outscored its competition 113-37 in the past four games (23-0 against Florida, 20-6 over Tennessee, 38-17 over Arkansas, and 32-4 over Mississippi State. Alabama even found a way to outscore LSU’s bench Feb. 11 (9-8) when playing just eight players because of suspensions.

The four-game winning streak Alabama’s enjoyed against Auburn followed a stretch of four straight losses to the Tigers. The winning trend is the longest Alabama’s enjoyed in the rivalry since winning eight straight from 2003-06.

Of the last 10 Alabama-Auburn games played in Coleman Coliseum, seven were sellouts. Make it 8-for-11 after tonight’s game since all tickets were sold by yesterday.

I’ll update this if there’s time for more. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Alabama is big favorite to beat Auburn tonight

Given their records, and player personnel disparities, the Las Vegas line for tonight’s Alabama-Auburn basketball game can’t come as much surprise.

The Crimson Tide enters as a consensus 12.5-point favorite to beat the Tigers at 7 p.m. in Coleman Coliseum.

Click here for the line movement on VegasInsider.com.

The status of injured Alabama freshman Trevor Lacey is still unknown. Mystery still remains surrounding the suspensions of Auburn’s Varez Ward and Chris Denson. The return of either would certainly play a factor in this one.

 

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A video flashback to the day Saban referred to the ‘University of Auburn’

There doesn’t figure to be many empty seats in Coleman Coliseum tonight. Auburn comes to town for the basketball home finale, but some of the most anticipated action comes at halftime.

Since the Tide beat Auburn 42-14 on the football field this November, the Iron Bowl trophy will be handed back to Alabama tonight. The Auburn student president will sing “Yea Alabama” and there will likely be some jeering from the audience.

Take a look back at the scene from two years ago when Nick Saban and the football team accepted the trophy and made an unintentional comment that’s still bouncing around message boards. Notice the gasp when Saban refers to “the University of Auburn.”

 

In the spirit of equal time, here’s Auburn receiving the trophy last season. Gene Chizik took heat for using a certain word when saluting the crowd.

 

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Trying to determine JaMychal Green’s legacy

That’s a complicated issue now that the Montgomery product enters his final game in Coleman Coliseum. This is the story I wrote for today’s newspaper.

TUSCALOOSA — JaMychal Green wasn’t quite sure what to expect when he jogged to the scorer’s table Saturday evening.

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Still, the applause caught him off guard. His four-game suspension, the third of his career, threatened the legacy of a once-highly touted Alabama basketball team. So the response to his return early in the 67-50 beating of Mississippi State was a bit jarring just as it was welcomed.

Now he’s staring his final appearance in Coleman Coliseum straight in the eye. The Montgomery product is the only senior on the youthful Crimson Tide roster who’ll be honored before facing Auburn at 7 p.m. It’s not too soon, he said, to consider a legacy that’s seen its share of peaks and valleys.

Green leads the team in scoring (13.9 points a game), rebounding (7.0), blocks (1.4) and shooting percentage (.550). A nine-point game Saturday pushed him passed Robert Horry for 12th on Alabama’s career scoring list. It was all made possible by Green’s decision to return for a senior season instead of turning pro last spring.

“I think it could have been better, but I think certain things happen for a reason,” Green said. “We’re still in a good position right now to be in fourth place and get a bye in the SEC tournament. I still feel like things can work out.”

Alabama (19-9, 8-6 SEC) could secure that first-round rest with wins over Auburn (14-14, 4-10) tonight and at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ole Miss. That would all but assure the Crimson Tide of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since Green’s sophomore year of high school in 2006.

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JaMychel Green discusses four-game suspension

JaMychal Green is one day from playing his final game in Coleman Coliseum. As the only senior at Alabama, he took time to reflect on his four years with the Crimson Tide this afternoon.

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Of course, that included the third suspension of his career that ended Saturday against Mississippi State.

Green chose not to explain what got him the indefinite suspension that ultimately lasted four games.

“I’m just moving past it,” he said. “It’s in the past and I’m focusing on Auburn.”

When asked if he was disappointed in himself for his actions, Green said the following:

“Not really. I mean I was disappointed I put myself in a situation that I did. Other than that, like I said, everything happens for a reason.”

Read much more about Green in tomorrow’s newspaper.

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Quick update on Trevor Lacey, JaMychal Green

Anthony Grant just met with reporters in soggy Tuscaloosa. The quick bullet points are …

  • Freshman Trevor Lacey was “limited” in Monday’s practice and Grant said he’d have a better idea about his availability for Wednesday’s game with Auburn after today’s practice. Lacey sprained his ankle last Thursday and re-injured it Saturday.
  • JaMychal Green will “most likely” start against the Tigers. The Montgomery native is the only senior who’ll be honored for playing his final home game.
  • On the Iron Bowl football trophy presentation at halftime, Grant just laughed. He said he wouldn’t have a clue what was going on if he wasn’t asked about it.

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Three ex-Alabama players on hall of fame ballot

The ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame was released this afternoon. It included three former Crimson Tide players among the 66 total.

  • Paul Crane, center/linebacker, 1963-65
  • Bobby Humphrey, running back, 1985-88
  • Derrick Thomas, linebacker, 1985-88

A panel of 12,000 will vote and results will go to the National Football Foundation’s Honor Court. That group will make the final sections. The election announcement will come May 15. Stay tuned.

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Ticket update for Wednesday hoops game with Auburn

Crowd before Mississippi State game Saturday.

The university just announced all public tickets have been sold for the Wednesday basketball game between Alabama and Auburn.

Only students with valid IDs can get tickets at this point for the 7 p.m. tipoff in Coleman Coliseum. But if the last few games are any indication, that does not guarantee a sell out.

Alabama made a similar announcement before Saturday’s game with Mississippi State. Still, the announced crowd was more than 1,000 below capacity and large portions of the student section went unclaimed.

Maybe the whole Auburn rivalry thing will make a difference for Alabama’s final home game of the season.

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