College basketball: Tide gets hammered at home by UT
by Marq Burnett
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Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) goes inside against Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) and guard Josh Richardson (1). (AP Photo/, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT
Alabama guard Trevor Releford (12) goes inside against Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (5) and guard Josh Richardson (1). (AP Photo/, Vasha Hunt) MAGS OUT
TUSCALOOSA -- For the past two games, nothing has gone right for Alabama men’s basketball.

After a blowout loss at in-state rival Auburn on Thursday, the Crimson Tide responded with a 76-59 blowout home loss to Tennessee on Saturday.

It was the Tide’s worst home loss since falling to Clemson by 26 in January of 2008 and its worst SEC home loss since 2003.

"We got outplayed," Tide coach Anthony Grant said. "Tennessee obviously had a lot of success. All you have to do is look at the numbers. In the second half they were 71 percent from the field and 3-for-5 from the 3-point line.

“They did a great job getting to the free throw line and converted 13 of 16 attempts in the second half. That's the story of the game. When you give up those kinds of numbers, it's hard to win.”

The Tide entered the contest having won 15 of its last 16 home games against SEC foes, but even the 12,620 fans in Coleman Coliseum couldn’t give the Tide the energy it needed. The school sponsored a "White Out" promotion, with the first 10,000 fans receiving free "White Out" T-shirts.

Alabama (9-12, 3-5 SEC) came out flat and trailed the entire game. At one point, the Vols led by as many as 23.

Trevor Releford led the Tide with 23 points and six assists, while Nick Jacobs put in 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Outside of those two, the Tide got little offensively from its other contributors as no one else scored more than seven points.

Tennessee’s Jordan McRae led all scorers with 26 points. Vols’ forward Jarnell Stokes had a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while guard Josh Richardson added 12 points.

The Vols shot 45 percent (9-20) from 3-point range, while Alabama made just 20 percent (3-15) of its 3s. The Tide played a 2-3 zone on defense for much of the night, but it didn’t seem to bother the Vols.

"I told our guys you have to take shots," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said. "We felt like they would probably play zone most of the night. When shots present themselves, you have to take the shot."

Despite the team's struggles, Releford said he isn't giving up on the season.

"You can't quit. You have to keep motivating," he said. "As a senior, I have to keep trying to lead like coach tells me every day. I have to stick with it, and that's what I have to try to do throughout the rest of the season."

Alabama will have a few days off before traveling to Arkansas for a showdown with the Razorbacks (13-8, 2-6 SEC) on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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