On a three-game losing streak, Tennessee basketball visits the Alabama Crimson Tide Tuesday. Here is our preview for the Volunteers in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Continuing their SEC West road trip, Tennessee basketball will try to rebound from a loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs this past Saturday. The Vols travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face the Alabama Crimson Tide with both teams looking to get above .500 in SEC play.
UT is currently on a three-game losing streak. Before Mississippi State, they lost at the Kansas Jayhawks and at home to the Texas A&M Aggies. At 12-9 overall and 4-4 in the conference, they are desperately trying to right the ship.
One thing that will complicate matters is the fact that they will be without freshman guard Josiah-Jordan James for the second straight game. James tweaked a hip injury that bothered him at the beginning of the season. Here is all the other information you need for Tennessee basketball’s matchup Tuesday night.
Tennessee Volunteers at Alabama Crimson Tide
When: Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Coleman Coliseum; Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Live stream: WatchESPN
Under first-year head coach Nate Oats, Alabama shares the Vols’ record at 12-9 and 4-4 in the SEC. They are currently on a two-game losing streak, having fallen to the LSU Tigers on the road and to the Arkansas Razorbacks at home.
However, neither of those are bad losses, and they do have some solid wins, including a dominating victory over the Auburn Tigers earlier in the season. So this is another brutal test for Tennessee basketball that is going through a lot right now.
Rick Barnes is trying to adjust to his personnel changes, and James being out makes things worse. He started center Uros Plavsic, who was just granted an eligibility waiver by the NCAA two weeks ago, on Saturday. Once again, he’ll have to figure out a lineup without a true combo guard.
Things won’t get any easier for the Vols after this one, as they then host the Kentucky Wildcats and Arkansas Razorbacks before visiting the South Carolina Gamecocks. So while they continue to struggle through a brutal schedule, it will remain brutal for the next week and a half. They’ll need to steal a couple of wins somewhere, and this is one opportunity.