TOLEDO, OH - Toledo (3-10) receives its final tuneup for Mid-American Conference play on Monday, Jan. 4 when it hosts Southeastern Conference foe Alabama (9-4) in Savage Arena.
The contest is the second meeting between the two schools and also marks the Rockets' second home game vs. an SEC foe in the last three years. UT also faced Vanderbilt in the 2007-08 campaign.
Toledo will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid following last Tuesday's 66-52 setback at UIC.
Freshman G Jake Barnett matched his scoring average with 14 points to lead UT offensively against the Flames. Freshman G and Chicago native Malcolm Griffin also was in double figures with a season-high 11 points. Barnett topped the Rockets in the rebounding department with seven boards, while sophomore G Larry Bastfield dished out a game-high six assists.
A 14-0 run to start the second half doomed the Rockets as the Flames held UT to a season-low 32.1 field-goal percentage.
Barnett is UT's top scorer with 14.1 ppg and has posted a team-high 42.0 three-point FG% and 81.8 FT%.
First-year head coach Anthony Grant has posted an 9-4 win-loss mark in his first season on the Crimson Tide bench. Three of Alabama's defeats have come against teams currently ranked in the national polls.
Sophomore F JaMychal Green and senior G Mikhail Torrance pace the Crimson Tide's attack with 16.0 and 15.5 points per game, respectively. Green is also averaging an impressive 2.5 blocks per contest.