No. 4 Tide stays perfect in SEC play, extends streak to 7 against Missouri

(*4*)Nate Oats is on a quest for normalcy.

As Alabama continues its Southeastern Conference gauntlet amid an off-the-court tragedy, the Crimson Tide’s head coach admitted a street journey lent itself nicely to “therapeutic collectively.” It continued Saturday evening with a crew prayer led by Noah Gurley earlier than the 5 pm tip.

(*7*)The established order held true against Missouri. The No. 4 groups in the nation went right into a buzzing Mizzou Arena and dealt with their very own poor capturing stretches and compelled just a few of their very own. Alabama’s 85-64 win showcased the Tide’s depth with 4 double-digit scorers.

“Numerous mentally robust guys which are in a position to give attention to what they want to give attention to and nonetheless have compassion for the entire state of affairs to be sincere with you,” Oats mentioned postgame on Zoom (gamers have been out there for interviews). “…We prayed for the folks concerned in the state of affairs and prayed for us to give you the chance to focus. … I believe our management has been good.”

No. 4 Alabama (17-2) stayed a perfect 7-0 in the SEC and gained its eighth total recreation. The Tide wrapped up a two-game street stint — one heavy with emotion after the arrest of Darius Miles — with a pair of wins earlier than a house matchup against Mississippi State on Jan. 25.

With the win, Oats has gained in each SEC venue besides Texas A&M’s Reed Arena (at the moment scheduled for March 4 on CBS).

Even with a below-average area objective share, Alabama gained on the boards (45-36) and on the free throw line (18-11) whereas welcoming again a former starter for a couple of minutes off the bench. Shortly earlier than tipoff, the Tide confirmed Nimari Burnett would make his return after a five-week rehab for a damaged wrist. Meanwhile, the Tigers’ main scorer and Huntsville native Kobe Brown was dominated out with an ankle damage and the Tigers missed his 15.7 factors per recreation.

Noah Clowney earned his first double-double (17 factors, 13 assists) since Dec. 10 versus Houston. Brandon Miller cooled off following a 30-point efficiency at Vanderbilt, however he transformed open 3-pointers and one-on-one matchups off the dribble. The Tide’s guards, Mark Sears and Jahvon Quinerly, every added just a few clips to the spotlight reel, combining for 30 factors and 12 rebounds.

“We had completely different guys step up. …(Raylan Griffin) makes three 3s after we want it. Hit the massive one in the second half when it was beginning to get uncomfortably shut in my opinion,” Oats mentioned. “…Brandon did not rating, I imply, you say Brandon did not rating a ton he nonetheless finally ends up with 15 factors, that is fairly good for many guys.”

Despite just a few turnover-proof stretches, the Tide held off first-year head coach Dennis Gates’ squad. Missouri State switch guard Isiaih Mosley made eight of 9 area targets for 19 factors, however a crew on a three-game profitable streak was held to 32.9% from the ground.

An prolonged eight-minute stretch bridging each halves offered Alabama with an 18-point lead that might barely be threatened.

Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @nick_a_alvarez or e mail him at

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