Sunday, February 13, 2011

'Bama still in 1st....

The week that was for Alabama Basketball ended with a fatigued Tide hanging on against Ole Miss on Saturday in the friendly confines of Coleman Coliseum. The Tide, which less then 48 hours earlier was robbed of an opportunity to win in Nashville by Tim Higgins, rebounded with a 47 point 1st half performance against the Rebels.

Despite the quick turnaround ('Bama faces the same situation at LSU and vs Arkansas this week), the Tide jumped on Ole Miss in the opening minutes, shot the ball extremely well with some great offensive efficiency, and hammered away to a 20 point cushion. All SEC Player Chris Warren was rendered ineffective, connecting on his only 2 field goals in the last 1:16 of the game. To Andy Kennedy's credit, the Rebels made a run at the Tide in the 2nd half, cutting a 23 point advantage to 6, but 'Bama responded to ice the game away, despite scoring only 6 2nd half field goals.

Late in the game, Alabama looked like a fatigued team, coming of an emotionally draining loss to Vandy. This team that only plays 8 players, was given the day off on Friday to recover for Saturday's game. Smart move by Coach Grant. Also, Alabama's trapping zone defense really caused problems for the Rebels in the 1st half.

So now Alabama heads into another week of must win games, winnable games at LSU and vs Arkansas at home. National TV talking heads seem generally complimentary of 'Bama's play lately and sympathetic to Thursday's ending in Nashville. The opportunity to win an SEC crown is still there for the taking for the Tide, which is still hard to fathom at this point.

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