Sunday, January 8, 2012

Workmanlike Alabama dismantles Ga. Tech & UGa on te road.

(this will be a game by game or weekly update on Alabama basketball throughout the rest of the year)

Georgia State Champs!!!

Alabama took apart Ga. Tech and Georgia this week in Atlanta and Athens repectively. Niether game was never really in doubt, as Alabama established that they were the better team early on and took care of business.

Tuesday, Tony Mitchell showed why he will be a first round pick giving Atlanta Tide Fans their own version of the Highlight Factory at Phillips Arena. The Swainsboro Ga. native is shooting the rock better from 3 point land and has been the team's most consistent player through the first 15 games (going 12-3).

The return of Jaymicahel Green from shoulder injury helped this week and his injury might have been a blessing in disguise as it forced the group of Rodney Cooper, Trevor Lacey, Nick Jacobs an Levi Randolph to play more minutes and as a whole, Alabama is shooting the ball much better from distance.

The biggest addition in the last week has been Andrew Steele. His play has been superb since coming back from a concussion suffered last season. Steele always makes the right cut, pass, hustle play that seemed be lacking early in the year. When UGa made a run in the 2nd half to cut Alabama's lead to 4, it was Steele who was on the floor, making the correct decisions, getting putbacks and connecting on free throws. He is a more then welcomed addition back on the team.

So now with 'Bama being on the verge of going back into the top 25, they get an ever improving LSU team at home on Wednesday and travel to #15 Miss. State on Saturday. It doesn't get any easier though as 'Bama hosts Vanderbilt and Kentucky next week. If they get out of this sequence at 3-2, you could be looking at another 12 win season in SEC play because as of right now, the second half of the SEC Schedule gets easier.

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