–Alabama isn’t a great team, certainly, but can play like a good one on occasion, especially when it plays as hard as it did Saturday. Defense helps, as the Tide showed Saturday. Alabama had one steal in the first half when it fell behind 26-15 but nine in the second half when the Tide outscored A&M 35-23.
–The 50-49 score looks uglier than it actually was. Alabama and A&M didn’t shoot that poorly. The Tide made 44 percent and the Aggies 48, but Texas A&M was awfully deliberate on offense, making Alabama play defense for long stretches.
–Through 17 games, Trevor Lacey made 4 of 6 from 3-point range and has 35 treys for the year. He is shooting 45.5 percent from behind the arc. Last year, Lacey made 31 in 33 games and shot 30.1 percent.
–Alabama 7-foot-0 center Moussa Gueye looks more comfortable defensively and rebounding. He altered a couple of Texas A&M shots late. But it would be nice for Alabama if he could score a little more. He hasn’t scored in four straight games.
–Saturday’s game drew 13,741 to Coleman Coliseum, which is a little under the 13,912 Alabama’s gymnastics win over LSU drew the previous night. Tide home basketball tickets are $20 for adults, while the gymnastics seats are $10 for adults.
–This marked Alabama’s first win over the Aggies in any sport since Texas A&M joined the SEC.