Following his team's 76-71 win against No. 17 Auburn, Alabama's third-year basketball coach delivered an impassioned stand toward a viral video shot by a now-former Alabama student that circulated around Tuscaloosa this week.
The win was made more impressive by the fact that it came without star point guard Collin Sexton. Then Auburn when on a run of its own, scoring 11 unanswered points to take its first lead of the game, 16-15, with 9:33 left in the half.
In one clip, Barber said she "didn't care that it was Martin Luther King Day" and she was from New Jersey, so she could say the n-word "as much as I want". "So I came out, made a couple of 3s and I just felt great". He just probably didn't think it would the way it did Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa.
It wasn't always easy for Alabama.
"We kind of figured (Sexton) wasn't going to play today, so it was just next man up", Crimson Tide freshman wing Herbert Jones. On defense, it was Auburn guards Jared Harper and Mustapha Heron who forced the turnovers, generating four steals.
Arkansas (12-6, 2-4) is now 12th out of 14 teams thanks to the loss in Gainesville. "I watched the film again last night".
"We feel, in my opinion, like the underdogs a little bit".
Alabama basketball has another home game Wednesday against Mississippi State 14-4 (2-3). In the second half, he went on a run where he made five long-range shots in a row. Jarrett Culver scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech (15-3, 4-2). "But I thought we did a good job coming out of the locker room (after halftime)".
"Look, there's a prize on our head", Auburn coach Bruce Pearl acknowledged on radio after the Tigers' 76-68 win at Mississippi State on Saturday.
After the videos went viral - first due to Tide running back Damien Harris' public outcry against them - the university took action.
Georgia (12-5, 3-3) got 21 points and 12 rebounds from Yante Maten in its 61-60 loss at LSU on Tuesday.
Sexton, a freshman point guard who leads Alabama in both scoring (19.3) and assists (3.4), was ruled out of the game just prior to tip, according to a release.
Alabama would be without its injured leading scorer and the point spread quickly jumped to five.
"I find the videos highly offensive and deeply hurtful, not only to our students and our entire University community, but to everyone who viewed them", university president Stuart Bell said in a statement on Wednesday. "It felt the same". With 14 straight wins, they have the nation's longest active winning streak, the program's best since 1999-2000. "It felt pretty good". It ended a two-game skid for the Tide against the Tigers.
"We played against a terrific basketball team". The doctors cleared me and I'm not in any danger, and I've talked to Clarke (Holter).' I was thinking about playing him on Saturday, that was the plan.
His 23-point effort against Mississippi State on Saturday helped him narrowly edge Mustapha Heron (15.8) for the team lead in scoring, but Auburn has four players now averaging double figures.
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