What we learned as Alabama basketball defeats Ole Miss 97-83
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter AJ Holliday
Alabama basketball traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, to face the Ole Miss Rebels Wednesday night, and the Crimson Tide took home the win 97-83. The Crimson Tide broke their two-game losing streak and road losing streak. Bama improved to 15-9, 5-6 SEC, while the Rebels fell to 12-12, 3-8 SEC.
It was an all-around great effort from the Crimson Tide as four players reached double-digits scoring. Jaden Shackelford led the Tide in scoring with 30 points, JD Davison followed up with 18, and Noah Gurley contributed 10 points to go with seven rebounds.
Ole Miss got out to a hot start starting the game 5-for-5 with senior Jarkel Joiner scoring 8 points in the first three minutes. Halfway through the first half, the Rebels were shooting 63% from the field and 67% from the 3-point line. Bama was never phased as the Crimson Tide began to heat up and ended the half on a 22-4 run. Alabama led 49-38 at the half.
Here’s what we learned:
Alabama showed flashes of the past
Alabama finally played like the team fans were accustomed to seeing. They looked like the NCAA Tournament contenders they’re supposed to be and the team that was ranked No. 6 earlier in the season. The Tide bounced back from its awful shooting night against Kentucky Saturday, shooting 60% overall and 64% from three. It was a great team effort and several players stepped up.
Bama ends road losing streak
The Crimson Tide’ road losing streak comes to an end at four games. Bama’s last win on the road came Jan. 5 against Florida. This should be a confidence booster for the Tide, as it seemed like a game they needed to win.
Jaden Shackelford and JD Davison put on a show
Shackelford led the way, scoring a career-high 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while tying his career high for 3 pointers made, finishing 8-for-13. Davison was aggressive all night long, contributing 18 points and eight assists, including some strong finishes at the rim.