The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball team has started off undefeated in SEC play this year. The Tide stands 14-4 overall and 9-0 in SEC after a 66-61 loss to Oklahoma in SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday. Alabama got out-rebounded on the road and missed forward Jordan Bruner in the paint.

Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats joined Crimson Tide Sports Network and admitted that he would likely be without the graduate transfer for a bit longer.

"The rebounding deal's been a big problem. Two games ago we had four second chance points, this past game we had zero at Oklahoma, we've got to get more second chance opportunities, so rebound a little bit better," said Oats on the radio.

The Tide was out-rebounded 42-34 in Norman and the Sooners got the edge on the offensive boards 13 to six. It was Alabama's first loss in the calendar year. It was the fifth game Alabama's been without Bruner after injuring his knee on the road against Kentucky.

"So Bruner's still got a few weeks. We were hoping to get him sooner, it looks like the initial four to six is going to be accurate, so, I don't know, another two to three, I'm hoping. Two to three for Bruner," said Oats when discussing how much longer he was expecting to be without the forward.

Should Bruner return in three more weeks he will be available for the Tide's last three games of the SEC regular season.

Alabama returns to SEC play on Wednesday Feb. 3 at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU and can be heard on 95.3 The Bear.

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