Bama Faces Georgetown Tonight in Big East-SEC Challenge

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The Tide will face their biggest challenge of the year so far when they face Georgetown (5-1) tonight at Coleman Coliseum. The Hoyas are coming off an 81-58 victory over IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and are averaging 82 points again which is unusual for them because like Alabama, they are known for their defense.

“That’s not supposed to happen with the Princeton offense, is it?” joked head coach John Thompson III in the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Alabama is fourth in the country in field goal percentage defense and eighth in scoring defense, having not yielded more than 64 points in a game this season.

So, Thompson knows his team’s offensive moxy will be challenged this evening.

“We’re very far from being what we’re going to be as an offensive unit.”

Tide coach Anthony Grant knows that this will also be a huge challenge defensively for his team.

“They're a very dangerous offensive team,” Grant said. “They've got a lot of weapons from the perimeter, and in the post they've got great size.”

Make no mistake, the Tide players understand after last year how important a win over Georgetown would mean to this program.

“This game could really be big on our resume at the end of the year,”said Tide sophomore point guard Trevor Releford. “Every game counts right now.”

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