No. 14 Alabama used its high-powered offense to propel the Crimson Tide to their 20th win of the season, beating Ole Miss 103-88.

Alabama used its ninth time eclipsing the century mark this season to lock up back-to-back 20 win seasons.

After allowing 117 points to Kentucky, Nate Oats was hoping to see his players respond with a better defense performance. The defense looked slightly better, but once again, the offense bailed the defense out.

Here are a few takeaways from the game.

  1. Slow Start

Alabama started the game out slowly, finding themselves down as much as 14 points with just five minutes left in the first half. This led Nate Oats to call a timeout. The defense looked uninterested, and the three-point shots weren’t falling. Coming out of the timeout, Alabama went on an 11-0 run to trim the lead to just three going into halftime. 

  1. Bama Takes Care of the Basketball

On Wednesday, Alabama did a great job of not turning the ball over. At times during the season, Alabama has had issues protecting the ball. With the uptempo style of basketball that the Crimson Tide play, protecting the basketball is important. Alabama won the turnover battle 14-8, using the 14 turnovers to create 19 points.

  1. Crashing the Offensive Glass

Alabama barely out-rebounded Ole Miss by a narrow 36-31 margin but doubled them up on the offensive glass. The Crimson Tide pulled down 14 offensive rebounds to just 7 for the Rebels. The 14 offensive rebounds led to 20 second chance points for the Crimson Tide.

  1. All-Around Aaron

Aaron Estrada did it all for the Crimson Tide on Wednesday night. Estrada recorded his first triple-double in an Alabama jersey, recording 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Four of his 10 rebounds were on the offensive end of the court, leading to second chance opportunities for Alabama. Estrada finished the game 7-for-11 from the field, making him the most accurate shooter for the Crimson Tide on the night.

No. 14 Alabama returns home to face No. 4 Tennessee on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN.

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