Alabama basketball player appears to throw elbow at Florida opponent while fighting for loose ball


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The Alabama Crimson Tide-Florida Gators rivalry in the SEC is mostly known for the two teams duking it out on the football field instead of the basketball court.

However, Wednesday’s matchup appeared to be more fit for the Octagon.

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Mohamed Wague confers

Alabama forward Mouhamed Dioubate, #10, and Alabama forward Mohamed Wague, #11, confer in front of Alabama head coach Nate Oats during a timeout in the game with Mississippi State at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Feb. 3, 2024. (Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports)

Crimson Tide forward Mohamad Wague appeared to elbow Gators center Alex Condon as the Florida player dove for a loose ball in the first half. Condon appeared to hold his head in pain.

A foul was called, but it was on Condon.

Alex Condon vs Tennessee

Alex Condon, #21 of the Florida Gators, prepares to take a free throw against the Tennessee Volunteers in the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena on Jan. 16, 2024 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

The situation would not escalate from there. Condon scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds with three assists. Wague had a rebound in three minutes of play.

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Alabama won the game 98-93 in overtime.

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Florida head coach Todd Golden did not directly address the play but did not appear to be too happy with the officiating in their five-point loss to the Crimson Tide.

“There were some 50–50 things down the stretch that didn’t go our way,” he said, via the Gainesville Sun. “… But in a tight game like that, there’s going to be some situations like that that you’ve got to power through.”

Alabama’s win is sure to build momentum for the No. 13-ranked team in the country. However, the close victory even left Alabama head coach Nate Oats surprised.

Nate Oats yells

Alabama coach Nate Oats argues a call during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

“We’re figuring out ways to win games,” Oats said. “If you’re going to win league championships, which we’re obviously in the hunt for with five games left, these are the games that you’ve got to figure out ways to win when you don’t play well.”

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Alabama is 19-7 on the season and 11-2 in SEC play. Florida is 18-8 on the season and 8-5 against SEC opponents.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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