It's an early start on 95.3 The Bear today for Alabama basketball, pregame begins at 4:30pm, the tip at 5:30 vs the 19-3 South Carolina Gamecocks.  South Carolina and Alabama come into the game as two of the top defenses in the SEC.  South Carolina is believed to be at #5 seed coming into March madness and having a great year.

USC leads the league in scoring defense (61.5) and field goal percentage defense (.379). UA is second in scoring defense (65.1) and fifth in field goal percentage defense (.415).

DID YOU KNOW...The last time Alabama defeated a ranked opponent in a true road game came on Feb. 21, 2004, when the Tide upended then-No. 4 Mississippi State, 77-73, in Starkville, Miss.

This past weekend, Bama dropped its second consecutive game, falling at Coleman to the dang Auburn Tigers, 82-77.  Coach Avery Johnson will face his 10th ranked opponent. The Tide's second-year head coach is 4-5 when facing teams ranked in the AP top 25!

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