February 21, 2009

Pearson talking Mississippi State

A lot can happen in a month, just as the Alabama basketball team.

A little over a month ago the Crimson Tide and head coach Mark Gottfried were preparing to take on Mississippi State after coming off a huge win over LSU.

Fast forward to the present and Gottfried is no longer with the team and the Tide have dropped eight of their last 10 games including that matchup with MSU.

But even with interim head coach Philip Pearson pacing the bench for Alabama today does not mean he will not have his team ready to go. Pearson had been a assistant coach at the Capstone for 11 years and has been apart of many battles with the Bulldogs.

"We've had some great games over the years with them," Pearson said. "They've had a lot of good players, we've had a lot of good players, they've had good teams and we've had good teams. Obviously for the last year or so, they've had the upper hand. They've performed at a higher level than we have."

State knocked off the Crimson Tide 83-74 on Jan. 14 this year during the second conference matchup for both programs. Alabama has dropped five straight games against the Bulldogs.

"I don't know that there are any big changes in what they are doing," Pearson said. "They are probably even more so committed to the smaller lineup and relying on the 3-point shot which they have done a great job with. They've got four really good shooters in the lineup to go along with (Jarvis) Varnado."

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