Nate Oats, ‘I Like Where We’re At, Health Wise’
No. 6 ranked Alabama basketball is set to take on the No. 20 Arkansas Razorbacks tomorrow at 8 p.m. The Crimson Tide could clinch its first SEC regular season championship since 2002 with a victory in Fayetteville. Recently extended Alabama head coach Nate Oats met with the media today and gave an update on his team.
"We're getting closer to being full strength and being healthy, getting Bruner back helps, you know, everyday in practice, every game he's going to get a little bit better," said Oats. "Juwan was able to practice today, we'll see how he feels after practice today as to what he can do tomorrow. Herb's looking better and better, so I like where we're at, health wise."
The Crimson Tide has managed to overcome several minor injuries throughout the season en route to a 13-1 record and a top 10 ranking.
Jordan Bruner returned to the lineup this past Saturday against Vanderbilt after missing several weeks with a meniscus injury. His return gives the Tide a rebounding presence that was lacking in his absence.
Juwan Gary has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury he suffered in the South Carolina matchup but he could be available as the Tide attempt to clinch the SEC.
The Crimson Tide are led by senior Herb Jones. Jones is considered one of the favorites for SEC Player of the Year despite playing with an injured back most of the season. He also dislocated a finger but managed to not miss any games over it. Jones has been the heartbeat of this Alabama team and clinching the regular season title could allow him to get some much needed rest.
Alabama takes on Arkansas at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The game can also be heard on the Crimson Tide Sports Network on 95.3 The Bear.
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