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No. 20 Alabama seeks rare back-to-back wins vs. So. Carolina

Feb 3, 2007 - 4:33 PM South Carolina (12-8) at No. 20 Alabama (16-5) 3:00 pm EST

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) - If Alabama intends to make a push for the top spot in the Southeastern Conference West Division, it needs to win games in bunches.

The 20th-ranked Crimson Tide attempt to win consecutive contests for the first time since December 29-January 1 in Saturday's SEC battle with South Carolina.

Alabama won 13 of its first 14 games before hitting conference play, where it has been inconsistent, splitting eight contests. However, it is just one-half game behind Auburn for the top spot in the SEC West.

The Crimson Tide ended a two-game drought with Wednesday's 73-70 triumph at Louisiana State. Jermareo Davidson made 12-of-20 shots and scored a career-high 31 points and Richard Hendrix added 13 for Alabama.

Despite a 2-5 mark to occupy last place in the SEC East, the Gamecocks have won two of their last three contests and are seeking their 100th all-time SEC triumph since joining the league in 1991-1992.

South Carolina is coming off Wednesday's 80-75 defeat to Auburn. Evaldas Baniulis scored 21 points and Dominique Archie added 14 for the Gamecocks.

Alabama has won five of the last seven matchups against South Carolina and is 9-1 at home in the series.