November 17, 2006

Paradise Jam: Alabama vs. MTSU

What: Middle Tennessee (1-1) vs. No. 10 Alabama (1-0), Paradise Jam Quarterfinals.
Where: University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas, VI
When: Friday, Nov. 17
Time/TV: Noon (CST)/semi-finals and final will air on Fox Sports South
Additional coverage: Webcast of MTU-UA available here.
Tournament format: Paradise Jam features a field of eight teams. Alabama is in the top half of the bracket with Middle Tennessee, Toledo and Iowa. The bottom half features Xavier playing Virginia Commonwealth in the first round and Charleston playing Villanova. Each team is guaranteed three games. First-round winners get Saturday off before playing in Sunday's semi-finals. Click here for the tournament bracket.
Series record: Alabama leads, 5-0.
Last meeting: 2002: Alabama took a 80-65 decision in Tuscaloosa.

The Coaches
Alabama -- Mark Gottfried (ninth season) has compiled a record of 161-96 at Alabama and an overall mark of 229-120.

Middle Tennessee -- Kermit Davis (fifth season) has compiled a record of 69-51 at MTU and an overall mark of 206-126.

The Starting Lineups
Forward -- 35 Richard Hendrix (6-8, 265, So., 9.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG)
Forward -- 12 Alonzo Gee (6-6, 215, So. 16.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG)
Center -- 33 Jermareo Davidson (6-10, 230, Sr., 14.3 PPG, 8.9 RPG)
Guard -- 4 Brandon Hollinger (5-11, 170, So., 3.0 PPG, 7.0 APG)
Guard -- 22 Ronald Steele (6-3, 185, Jr., 8.0 PPG, 6.0 APG)

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