Change in Defensive Effort Propels Alabama Basketball’s Comeback

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In its first game ranked in the AP top-2 in over two decades, the Alabama Crimson Tide left much to be desired.

Alabama (18-2, 8-0 SEC) survived a valiant effort from SEC bottom-dweller Mississippi State, narrowly escaping 66-63 in front of an SEC crowd that was eager to erupt all night.

While the Crimson Tide left its home court victorious, it wasn’t without a gritty comeback effort. The first half saw Alabama come out flat and uninspired, trailing the Bulldogs 18-9 in the opening minutes. Alabama trailed by as many as 10 in the half, and a Dom Welch three cut the Mississippi State lead to 36-29 at the break.

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