Alabama knocks off Mississippi State to win first SEC championship since 2002
Confetti is in order around Tuscaloosa as Alabama’s men’s basketball team secured the program’s first SEC championship since 2002 with a 64-59 victory over Mississippi State in Starkville.
The win meant Alabama became the first team since 2006-2007 Florida to win the SEC title in both football and basketball in the same season. It is the eighth title for the program.
In its classic “blue collar” nature, Nate Oats’ program did it by edging Mississippi State in rebounds, 45-40, as they shot 32.3 percent from the field, and 25 percent from 3-point range.
Jahvon Quinerly led the Tide with a game-high 19 points off the bench, while Jaden Shackelford added 15 points. Herbert Jones pulled down a game-high 14 points.
About a week ago, Oats received a contract extension as the Tide was ranked No. 8 in the AP Top 25 poll, the highest ranking for Alabama since the 2006-07 season.
Alabama hasn’t been ranked in the Top 10 in mid-February since 2002. The Tide is widely projected as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which would match its highest in program history.
The win lifted Alabama to a 19-6 record, including a 14-2 mark in the SEC.
THIS ONE IS FOR YOU, BAMA NATION! 🐘🅰️#ALABAMA IS YOUR 2021 SEC CHAMPIONS! 🏆#BlueCollarBasketball | #RollTide pic.twitter.com/nC4oRYRrR7
— Alabama Men’s Basketball (@AlabamaMBB) February 28, 2021