Tide off to good start in SEC play

“It starts on the defensive end, and it was an outstanding effort in both halves,” said Alabama basketball coach Anthony Grant following Tuesday night’s win at home against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Defense was the story of the night as Alabama held South Carolina to their lowest point total in six years. The Tide won the contest 57-47 at home in Coleman Coliseum following its road win in Starkville over Mississippi State.

The story in Starkville the previous game was offense, as the Tide ran away to 75-57 win at the Hump…a place where victories don’t come easy. But last night’s win came on a somewhat dismal shooting performance, where not a single 3-pointer was scored. Bama finished 0-3 beyond the arc.

But that didn’t bother Coach Grant. “I just looked at the stat sheet, and we only took three (treys) in the game. That’s even more impressive, to get a 10-point win in this league (without making a 3-pointer). It shows what kind of defense they played.”

Alabama (10-6, 2-0 SEC) travels to Arkansas Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. tip-off on the SEC Network and ESPN3.