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Boxscore Breakdown: Maryland 58 – Alabama 57

NIT LogoAlabama made it close but could never take the lead in the second half.   Down by seven points at halftime, the Crimson Tide had a chance to win it at the end thanks to two missed Maryland free throws with 27 seconds left.  But a last-second jumper by Trevor Lacey bounced off off the rim as time expired on the Alabama season.

Levi Randolph led Alabama with 15 points.  Rodney Cooper added 13 points and Trevor Releford scored 11.

- Crimson Tide shot 40.7% from the field (22-54) while Maryland shot 50% (23-46).

-Maryland outrebounded Alabama 31-23.

-Alabama connected on 4-15 three point shots (26.7%) while Maryland made 7-15 (46.7%).

Maryland advances to the NIT semi-finals.  With the Alabama loss, Florida is only remaining SEC team in postseason play.

As pointed out here, this marks the second straight year Alabama’s season ends with a 58-57 loss.  Last year, Creighton took out Alabama in the NCAA Tournament by that score.

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Trevor Lacey Chooses Alabama

Trevor Lacey has signed with Alabama.

The guard from Butler High School in Huntsville, Ala., made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon. He also considered Kentucky, Auburn and Kansas.

Lacey is the fifth member of Alabama’s 2011 class, which was ranked No. 12 in the nation by before Lacey was added to the Crimson Tide’s class. He joins highly-touted guard Levi Randolph from Madison, Ala., along with guard Rodney Cooper and post players Moussa Gueye and Nick Jacobs.

How significant is Lacey’s addition to Alabama’s 2011 class?

“(Anthony) Grant has essentially signed a starting five with help everywhere,” Shane Youngblood of wrote on twitter.

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Writers Predict Lacey Will Choose Alabama

Trevor Lacey’s college announcement is expected to come this afternoon.

And reports (here and here) say Lacey is likely headed to Alabama. The guard from Huntsville, Ala., is also considering Kentucky, Auburn and Kansas.

Lacey would be a nice get for Alabama’s 2011 class. The Crimson Tide also signed highly-touted guard Levi Randolph from Madison, Ala., along with guard Rodney Cooper and post players Moussa Gueye and Nick Jacobs.

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Recruiting Headlines – 2/11/11

1.  Alabama basketball signee Rodney Cooper is making a name for himself.

2.  Alabama and Auburn are battling for Trevor Lacey who “might be the best unsigned high school senior basketball players in the country.”

3.  Arkansas linebackers coach Reggie Johnson is happy with the Razorbacks’ recruiting haul.

4.  LSU signee Johnny O’Bryant will play in the McDonald’s All-American game next month.

5.  John Calipari has recorded another UK recruiting first: Every member of the Cats’ 2011 signing class has been named a McDonald’s All-American.

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Men’s Basketball Signs No. 16 Class

University of Alabama head men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 season. Levi Randolph, Nick Jacobs, Rodney Cooper and Moussa Gueye are slated to join the Crimson Tide on the court next season.

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