TUSCALOOSA, Ala – Alabama Basketball and South Carolina have a common goal for Tuesday night’s game at the Colonial Life Arena

Both the Crimson Tide and the Gamecocks have lost 2-1 in their last three games, each due to a loss last Saturday

For Alabama came the defeat of Missouri, who rose 20 points by just over five minutes. The Crimson Tide came back on a 22-2 run to draw within a point, but the Tigers ultimately prevailed a 68:65 win by

For Alabama’s head coach Nate Oats, the first five minutes of this game were as important as the last five minutes

“I usually do a full cleanup in videos,” Oats said. “We pretty much showed them the first five minutes of this game. If you watch the first five minutes before this game’s first media time-out in Missouri, then see Look at the five minutes where we were 20 points clear and cut it from six to one to get to just over one. Another minute – you lost 19 points in less than five minutes – the feeling of Urgency in those five minutes was drastically different from the sense of urgency in the first five minutes of the game

“Not that we’re going to be flying around doing stuff like that for the first five minutes, but we have to play a little harder“That was our point. We have to start the games better”

South Carolina experiences the same emotions Saturday afternoon, the Mississippi State Gamecocks (75-59) were knocked out while South Carolina is usually a solid rebound team under coach Frank Martin, the Bulldogs dominated the glass by a 46:31 margin and sent South Carolina returned home with a defeat from their own arena

“It’s disappointing that we can’t play two games in a row,” said Martin after the game on Saturday. “It’s just been a roller coaster ride”

The SEC record in South Carolina may be 3-5 compared to 10-1 in Alabama, but on the face of it, the multiple breaks the program had to take due to COVID-19 doesn’t reflect that Gamecocks had to stop playing for almost a month from December 5 through Jan 2 before having to take another 10-day hiatus at the start of the conference game, while its record may not indicate the success it had, South Carolina beat tough opponents like Florida and Texas A&M

Oats is not only aware of the tenacity that the Gamecocks show despite their record, but also of the tenacity that his own team needs on Tuesday night

“This game in South Carolina is going to test our toughness,” Oats said. “Coach Martin is obviously one of the best coaches in the country when it comes to getting these guys to play hard, play hard and being physical.They’re one of the better offensive rebounding teams in the country every year – they’re back to the top 10 in the country again. They play fast so our transition D, our rebound, is tested – if you aren’t tough they will Get them off the ground

“I know their record isn’t that good on the SEC – I think they’re 3-5 right now – but they’ve had more COVID breaks than anyone in the league so it’s difficult to keep the rhythm to get going”They’ve been practicing for a couple of weeks now, they haven’t been stopped for a while, they probably play their best basketball because they’ve been practicing for a few weeks in a row”

With both teams suffering heavy losses, both fight to regain a sense of dignity after a bad track

Alabama Senior Wing Herb Jones continues to struggle with an excruciating back injury that has kept him out of contact in practice. Although Jones’ playing time has not been too limited, the injury has continued to cause problems for Jones, who frequently uses a massaging back brace the side of the square can be seen

Jones remains a game-time decision, but will likely play Tuesday night with him in the lineup, the Crimson Tide has a better opportunity to achieve their key to the game: Limit the gamecocks in the rebounding game If Alabama can do it, it should come out of the arena with a victory on Tuesday evening

If Alabama is able to defeat South Carolina, this could be the start of upgrading a ship that has gone off course in the past few weeks. That being said, it won’t be easy

“I think they are dangerous,” Oats said on Monday afternoon. “I think they have really good players, I think they make them play really hard and they play fast and we have all hands tomorrow full to do””

Alabama and South Carolina are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CT Tip and will air on the SEC network

Joey Blackwell is a Bama Central employee and has been reporting on the Crimson Tide since 2018. His primary focus is Alabama football, men’s basketball and baseball, but a variety of other sports as well.You can find him on Twitter @BlackwellSports

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