Tennessee Volunteers at Alabama Crimson Tide

Tennessee Volunteers Preview

Dealing with a three-game losing streak that has dropped them to 12-9 after they rose as high as 17th in the rankings the first month of the season, the Tennessee Volunteers go to Alabama not certain about the availability of guard Josiah-Jordan James. The freshman had started his first 20 games but had to deal with a groin injury his past two appearances and sat out the Volunteers’ 86-73 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday.

He is averaging 7.8 points a game but is the team’s No. 2 rebounder (5.7 per game), is second in assists (57) and tied for second in 3-pointers (22 of 60). The Vols already are without guard Lamonte Turner (season-ending shoulder surgery), whose 78 assists in just 11 games still lead the team.

Alabama Crimson Tide Preview

The Alabama Crimson Tide have health issues with junior forward Herbert Jones expected to miss at least most of February after undergoing surgery for the wrist injury he sustained in last week’s loss at LSU. Without his defense and 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a game, the Tide lost at home to Arkansas 82-78 Saturday. Guard James “Beetle” Bolden (25 of 68 on 3-point attempts) also has missed the past two games because of illness, though he is day-to-day.

After winning four consecutive games, the Tide have lost two games in a row for the first time since November, but they have one of the league’s top guard combos in Kira Lewis Jr. (16.4 points a game) and John Petty Jr. (15.4).