–Alabama returned to the type of team that can out-fight an opponent for win. The Tide did that against South Dakota State and Oregon State earlier in the year, but suffered close losses against Cincinnati, Mercer and Tulane. In all three cases, the Tide struggled at the end. Today, Alabama had to battle, and for once, it got a win.
–Andrew Steele had 11 points and four steals, and he really does make a difference off the bench. He’s not loaded with quickness, and the 6-foot-4 guard is a little slender. But he seems able to guard players whether they’re big, small, quick, whatever. Alabama is 7-1 when he plays and 2-5 when he was out with his sports hernia.
–Moussa Gueye, a 7-foot-0 junior, gave Alabama five rebounds off the bench but no points. If he could become just a little bit of an offensive threat and cut down on fouls, he could add plenty. He has played in 15 games and has 15 points, 20 blocked shots and 40 fouls.
–Alabama isn’t done with Tennessee yet. The Tide travels to Knoxville on Jan. 26.