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Bama’s Mitchell Heads To The NBA

Former Alabama hoopster Tony Mitchell — suspended down the stretch last season — announced yesterday that he would enter the NBA Draft.  It’s been known for nearly two weeks he would not be returning to Anthony Grant’s program in Tuscaloosa for his senior season.

Yesterday’s announcement simply means he won’t transfer to another school even though he’d been given a release to do so by Bama.  At the time of his suspension in February, Mitchell was averaging 13.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Crimson Tide.

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Bama’s Grant Says Green Won’t Play Thursday

Scream that he’s costing his team a possible NCAA Tournament berth.  Call him bullheaded, a throwback to another era.

But don’t call Anthony Grant lax on discipline.

Yesterday, Alabama’s coach announced that leading scorer JaMychal Green would return to his team while fellow starter Tony Mitchell would remain suspended for the rest of the season.  Green did return to practice today, but he won’t be returning to the Tide lineup until Saturday at the earliest because, “he’s not playing Thursday,” Grant announced today.  Alabama — 17-9 and in need of wins to grab an at-large tourney bid — will visit Arkansas on Thursday.

“We’ll see how the week goes this week, and we’ll make some decisions after Thursday,” Grant said of Green, who’s already been suspended two weeks for a violation of team rules.

As for Mitchell, Grant said only, “I don’t know,” when asked if he might return to Alabama’s program next season.  Mitchell was initially punished for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

You have to say this for Grant — He’s willing to pay the price to run a disciplined program.  Losses could cost his team an NCAA bid, yes, but down the road a lack of NCAA bids could cost him his job.  The man has principles.

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SEC Headlines – 2/21/12

1.  Florida O-lineman James Wilson is trying to gain a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

2.  The Gator basketball team isn’t taking Auburn lightly.

3.  Georgia might be the next SEC school to begin offering multi-year scholarships.

4.  John Calipari expects Mississippi State to bring its A game tonight.

5.  Tennessee’s inside threat Jeronne Maymon is working to extend his range.

6.  Tied for fourth place in the SEC — with a 6-6 league record — has the Vols in “a good place” according to point guard Trae Golden.

7.  After knocking off MSU at home, Auburn has some confidence as it hits the road for a game at Florida tonight.

8.  Anthony Grant’s decision to suspend Tony Mitchell for the year while allowing JaMychal Green to return…

9.  Might just provide Alabama’s basketball team a chance stabilize.

10.  Arkansas’ players need to quickly forget the homecourt whoopin’ put on them by Florida over the weekend.

11.  A win over top-ranked Kentucky would provide Mississippi State’s NCAA tourney resume with a big boost.

12.  New offensive line coach Matt Luke is open to making change along Ole Miss’ O-line this spring.

13.  On the hardwood, Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner should be well-rested for the Rebels’ stretch run.

14.  So what are the top storylines heading into spring practice?

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Alabama Reinstates Green, Suspends Mitchell For Season

Alabama has reinstated forward JaMychal Green and suspended forward Tony Mitchell for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

The announcement was made Monday.

Green, who leads Alabama with 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, returned to practice on Monday. He isn’t expected to play on Thursday when Alabama (17-9, 6-6 SEC) travels to Arkansas.

Mitchell, Alabama’s second-leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, could return to the team next year as a senior. He promised to return last week when he posted a message on twitter. That will have to wait.

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Alabama’s Green, Mitchell Remain Suspended

Alabama forwards JaMychal Green and Tony Mitchell remain suspended indefinitely and won’t play against Tennessee on Saturday.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant told the media Friday afternoon that he plans to meet with Green and Mitchell next week before he evaluates each player’s status.

Green, who leads Alabama with 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, hasn’t played since Feb. 7 at Auburn. Mitchell, the Crimson Tide’s second-leading scorer with 13.1 points per game, has been absent since Alabama’s game against Ole Miss on Feb. 4.

Junior guard Andrew Steele, who was suspended on Saturday against LSU before being reinstated earlier in the week, credited Grant for his discipline of the team and said Green and Mitchell are understanding of their situations.

They’re staying positive,” Steele said. “They understand it’s the coach’s decision.”

Alabama (16-9, 5-6 SEC) has lost two straight games and six of its last nine games. The Crimson Tide remain in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid but need a quick turnaround to keeps those hopes alive.

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A Road Win! A Road Win! Tide Wins Away From Home, Gators Don’t

Yesterday we told you that in SEC hoops, teams have but a 24% chance of winning on the road.  Well after last night, that number has skyrocketed to a 25% chance.

SEC home teams are still 38-13 in league play, but one of last night’s two contests was indeed captured by the visitor.  In spite of the turmoil surrounding that squad.

Alabama 68, Auburn 50

One day after the indefinite suspension of Tony Mitchell, the Crimson Tide traveled into the home of its arch-rival and made off with an easier than expected win.  The Tigers had been 3-1 at home and Bama would be looking to replace Mitchell’s 13 point- and 7 rebound-average.

JaMychal Green and Trevor Releford combined for 34 points to fill the scoring void.  And UA managed to outrebound AU 30-26 on the night, even without Mitchell’s usual contribution.

The win boosts Bama to 16-7 overall and 5-4 in the SEC.  They’ve now rebounded from a four-game losing streak with a three-game win streak.  The NCAA Tournament is still in sight for Bama.  For Auburn?  The SEC cellar remains in view as the Tigers tumbled to 3-7 in league play, ahead of only Georgia and South Carolina.

Kentucky 79, Florida 58

The thinking went as follows: If anyone is going to knock off the Wildcats in Lexington, it will be the Gators.  But in reality, Billy Donovan’s team was just another speed bump en route to an SEC crown and a probable #1 seed in the NCAA tourney.

When we pointed out yesterday that UK’s average home win was by a score of 83-60, we didn’t anticipate last night’s score being so similar.

For the Cats, overconfidence might be the only concern moving forward.  Example: “We have this little swagger.  We just want to go out there and play hard and win.  We’re capable of winning a national championship if we keep playing how we’re playing.”  That’s from Anthony Davis after last night’s whipping of Florida.  Davis, of course, is a freshman who happens to have no idea of what it takes to win six games in a row in the NCAA Tournament.

There’s a reason John Calipari changed his talking point from “being physical” to “avoiding overconfidence” this week.  The latter seems to be the only thing that can slow down his Wildcats… especially in the regular season.

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Bama Suspends Mitchell For Conduct

When Alabama rolls into Auburn Arena tonight they’ll do so without a key contributor.  Junior forward Tony Mitchell has been put on indefinite suspension by coach Anthony Grant for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Grant said his decision was based on “an accumulation” of issues, not just a single incident. 

Mitchell averages 13.1 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Crimson Tide. 

“It obviously hurts,” teammate Andrew Steele told  “He’s such a big part of what we try to do.  But it’s a coach’s decision and we just have to focus on doing what we have to do to get a win.”

Alabama is currently 15-7 overall and just 4-4 in the SEC.  Expected to be an NCAA Tournament team — and still a probable for March Madness — Grant is making quite a statement with his suspension of Mitchell.  The Tide’s RPI and tourney resume will surely take a hit if Bama can’t overcome the loss of the talented forward tonight on The Plains.

Kudos to Grant for putting discipline first.  If the moves comes back to haunt Alabama, you can be sure his decision will be second-guessed.

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SEC Headlines – 7/29/11 Part Two

1.  Kevin Scarbinsky does a nice job of explaining how overzealous fans can love their programs to death.  A good read if you’re wondering about the hubbub regarding T-Town Menswear.

2.  Alabama needs to restock its backfield.

3.  Tide hoopsters Ja’Mychal Green and Tony Mitchell are trying to make Team USA for the World University Games.

4.  At Auburn, folks are asking how important returning starters are anyway.

5.  It looks like Arkansas will face Michigan in basketball this season.

6.  This fall, the expectations are high for Razorback players and coaches.

7.  Ole Miss fans can set their preseason football calendar.

8.  Could it be that MSU’s Renardo Sidney is more interested in himself than his team?

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SEC Headlines – 3/2/11 Part Three

1.  Auburn’s got to find some offense tonight against Ole Miss.

2.  Despite AU’s bad season, attendance at the new Auburn Arena has been pretty good on most nights.

3.  The Alabama basketball team needs to hope members of the tournament selection committee don’t get ESPNU.

4.  Tony Mitchell suffered a bruised elbow on a hard fall last night, but he’s expected to be back in action Saturday against Georgia.

5.  Arkansas has been getting some improved play from its seniors in recent games.

6.  John Pelphrey needs to show this week that his team is making progress.

7.  LSU will look to take carry over some momentum at Georgia tonight.

8.  UGA’s Mark Fox credits Trent Johnson for helping his career… and introducing him to his wife.

9.  Storm Warren is coming on strong with 38 points in his last two games for the Tigers.

10.  Ex-LSU cornerback/return man Patrick Peterson turned heads at the NFL combine.

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Tide trounces Trojans 79-60

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Box score

A thorough asskicking from beginning to end…. this game was never in doubt. Green was unstoppable in the 1st half, Hillman with a monster dunk, and Tony Mitchell solid throughout.

Only sore spot is 3 point shooting… and it was fine in the 1st half. We destroyed a team I thought would give us trouble.

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