Alabama welcomed an underachieving Ole Miss team to Coleman Coliseum on Tuesday for the Crimson Tide’s SEC home opener, winning 84-62. The win over the Rebels gives Alabama their 12th win of the season and an undefeated 2-0 record in SEC play.

The Alabama defense took control of the game in the early holding the Rebels to just 23 points on 29% shooting in the first half. Alabama’s offense started out slow, but midway through the first half, they went on a 23-9 scoring run to end the first half to take a 44-23 lead into halftime and would never look back.

Five Alabama players scored in double figures, led by Brandon Miller with a game high 17 points and Mark Sears with 16 points. Freshman Jaden Bradley started off slow, scoring just three points in the first half but got hot in the second half scoring 11 of his 14 points.

The Crimson Tide offense ended the game shooting an impressive 46% from the field and connecting on nine of its 20 three-point attempts for a 45% shooting rate. But the most impressive stat of the night was Alabama turning the ball over just seven times. The seven turnovers was the lowest amount of the season and the first time it was underneath the double-digit mark this year.

Noah Clowney led the Crimson Tide in rebounds with eight and added 10 points on the offensive side of the ball. Despite having the size advantage over Ole Miss, Alabama lost the rebounding battle to the Rebels 48-39, a big upset with the Crimson Tide being one of the best rebounding teams in the nation.

Alabama will remain at home Saturday as they host the Kentucky wildcats on January 7 in Coleman Coliseum for what should be another tough SEC matchup. 

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