The Jumbo Package │11.19.13

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Men's Basketball wins NIT Opener over Stillman, 102-65 - ROLLTIDE.COM

I thought we did a really good job in the press and in the zone," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "We had a stretch there where they had nine or ten straight possessions without scoring." UA scored over 100 points for the first time since Dec. 27, 2005 when the Tide beat Jackson State, 101-66.

Former Auburn center respectfully calls Alabama boring | AL.com

"A lot of people struggle with my respect for Alabama," Cubelic said, "and it's mainly Auburn fans. I'll admit that I don't like it. But you can respect something and not like it." Undefeated Alabama is seeking its fourth BCS national championship in the past five seasons.The Crimson Tide is on top of the BCS ratings. Florida State is No. 2. But don't compare the exciting Seminoles to boring Alabama, Cubelic said. Boring is better.

"To me, you want to talk about a team and not a group of great players -- a team," Cubelic said, "when you watch a team and they begin to get boring, mainly on offense, and they're still very successful, that's when you know it is good. "Florida State to me - a lot of jump balls, a lot of deep balls, a lot of quarterback scrambles, a lot of blitzes - that's not boring to watch. That's fun. Take your 6-6 quarterback, let three guys try to sack him, run around until he throws it to a 6-5 receiver and he catches it over a guy's head for a touchdown. That's cool to watch. I don't think you can bank on that week in and week out, game in and game out against high-level competition, though."

RECRUITING: Hand's decision piques interest of top recruits | TuscaloosaNews.com

The Seminoles are considered a major threat to lure away the Tide legacy. Humphrey doesn't expect to announce a decision any time soon. A decision will likely come sometime in January. Humphrey took notice of Hand's commitment to Alabama. “It definitely influenced me a little bit,” Humphrey said. “He is the No. 1 player in the nation. He is the best at his position. Knowing that he will be on the team for four years, I may just want to join him.”

Alabama offensive line refocused after it 'dropped the ball' with communication at Mississippi State | AL.com

"We dropped the ball on communication, honestly," Kelly said. "As an offensive line, all five of us have to be connected with the whole offense and you could see when negative plays happen, there’s usually a lack of communication there. So we’ve got to get back to the way we always play and us communicating and everybody is on the same page."

INSIDER REPORT: Seniors set for final home game | TuscaloosaNews.com

Saturday's game is senior day at the University of Alabama, a contest marking the final game inside Bryant-Denny Stadium for a wildly successful class. Fifth-year seniors such as AJ McCarron, Kevin Norwood, Kenny Bell and more have gone 59-5 during their time in crimson and white. Those who have spent four years on campus, such as C.J. Mosley, have won a total of 45 games.

Robert Lester's game-saving INT big on Monday night; Twitter reacts | AL.com

Meanwhile, the game came down to a controversial ending, but it was former Alabama standout Robert Lester who came up with the interception on the final play. "We had good pressure and our safety Robert Lester was in good position to make the play," coach Ron Rivera said. Lester, who has three interceptions this season, finished with three tackles, a pass defense as well as the interception.

Alabama-UTC Football Game PAY-PER-VIEW Details Announced - ROLLTIDE.COM

Crimson Tide football fans have several viewing options available for the upcoming football game against the UTC Mocs. As previously announced, the game scheduled for 1 p.m. CST on Saturday, Nov. 23 will be available via pay-per-view, televised live in both High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD).

Alabama football: Defensive success continues to carry Crimson Tide | The Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama held the Bulldogs to 53 rushing yards, 144 passing yards and 197 total yards. All of those numbers are less than the team’s season average. The Crimson Tide ranks first in the SEC in rush defense (91.1 ypg) and total defense (272.7 ypg). The pass defense is second at 181.7 ypg. Then there’s the bottom line. The team ranks first in the nation in scoring defense at 10.2 points a game.

Alabama's Mandell, Foster showing more consistency on special teams | TuscaloosaNews.com

Foster, who came into the season converting less than half (13 of 27) of his career attempts, is 11 of 12 on the season. He hasn't missed a field-goal try in two months, a 46-yarder in the first quarter against Colorado State. Mandell earned conference and national recognition Monday for his performance against Mississippi State, in which three of his four punts went for more than 50 yards, including a 63-yarder, in windy conditions. He was the Southeastern Conference special teams Player of the Week and is a Ray Guy Award semifinalist. For the season, he's averaging 47.3 yards per punt, and he's landed nearly 40 percent of his punts inside the opponents' 20.

Mother of all Iron Bowls: tickets up to $3,000; get-in price much less (links) | AL.com

In July, the average asking price for Iron Bowl tickets was $348.34. That was long before Auburn went on its 10-1 run through the 2013 schedule to essentially make this year's matchup with No. 1 and undefeated Alabama an SEC West championship game. TiqIQ, a search engine that aggregates sales from major ticket sites, currently lists a selection of 1,654 tickets available on a bevy of resale websites, including StubHub and eBay. Among the five major ticket broker websites we searched, the get-in price is as low as $374 and tops out at $3,000. Fans can currently get six tickets together on Row 1 of Section 6 behind Auburn's bench for $18,000 plus shipping and handling on StubHub.

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