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Final guards before the SEC tournament

Alabama basketball Guard Rylan Griffen will be a game-time decision for Friday's game in the SEC Tournament, coach Nate Oats said Wednesday.

“Rylan hasn’t gone live yet, but he’s doing more and more basketball activities every day,” Oats said. “We hope he can play on Friday.”

Griffen went down late in the Florida game with a calf injury. Then he sat out the Arkansas game, wearing a medical boot while wearing street clothes.

Oats considered him day-to-day before the Arkansas game with a calf strain. “The MRI results were a lot better than we feared,” Oats said before the Arkansas game.

This season, Griffen is averaging 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists over 26.3 minutes per game.

Alabama (21-10) has a double bye in the SEC Tournament as a No. 3 seed and won't play its first game in the conference tournament until Friday, 25 minutes after the end of the first evening match. The SEC tournament will be played in Nashville again this year and the Crimson Tide will look to defend their tournament title.

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Nick Kelly is the Alabama writer for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network, and he covers Alabama football and men's basketball. Contact him at or follow him @_NickKelly on X, the social media app formerly known as Twitter.

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