Alabama Still Seeking First SEC Win

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The latest potential issue facing Alabama's basketball team is poor 3-point shooting. But coach Mark Gottfried knows that the Crimson Tide's weak spots are subject to change.

That's one reason why Alabama (11-7, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) is still chasing its first league win entering tomorrow's home game against Mississippi State.

The Tide had been a solid perimeter shooting team before Wednesday night's 3-of-20 performance from 3-point range in a 61-54 loss to Georgia.

Alabama has dropped its first three league games for the first time since 1998-99, Gottfried's first season.

The Tide is actually the SEC's fourth-best 3-point shooting team, at 36.4 percent. But the team's most prolific outside shooters, Mykal Riley and Alonzo Gee, made a combined 1-of-10 3s against Georgia.

Defense has been a much bigger problem for a team ranked 11th in scoring defense and giving up a league-high 3-point shooting percentage (36.6).

Now, Alabama faces Mississippi State (12-5, 3-0), the only Western Division team without an SEC loss.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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