Saturday, August 16, 2014

Full schedule released (see right hand column in full browser) and predictions

Link to schedule
I predict a 8-5 non-conference record and 10-8 conference record for a total of 18-13 overall.

This should be enough to keep Grant around another year.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Non-Conference Schedule released

Nov. 14         TOWSON#                                                  TUSCALOOSA              
Nov. 17         WESTERN CAROLINA#                           TUSCALOOSA              
Nov. 20         SOUTHERN MISS                                      TUSCALOOSA              
Nov. 24         vs. Iowa State%                                        Kansas City, Mo.        
Nov. 25         vs. Maryland/Arizona State%             Kansas City, Mo.
Dec. 2            SOUTH FLORIDA                                       TUSCALOOSA              
Dec. 6            at Xavier                                                      Cincinnati, Ohio
Dec. 13         TENNESSEE TECH                                     TUSCALOOSA              
Dec. 16         at Wichita State                                        Wichita, Kan.
Dec. 19         STILLMAN                                                   TUSCALOOSA              
Dec. 21         APPALACHIAN STATE                             TUSCALOOSA              
Dec. 28         UCLA                                                             TUSCALOOSA              
Jan. 2             NORTH FLORIDA           

This should be much more manageable than last year's slate.  Southern Miss is a solid team and is a game that could give us problems, in addition to the obvious challenges of Iowa State, Xavier, Wichita State, and UCLA.  I'm assuming we were unable to find a D1 opponent willing to come to Tuscaloosa and had to settle for Stillman.  I don't like playing D2 schools in real games.  I understand we have to play some weak teams to fill out a schedule, but I wish we would at least change it up some, it seems like the North Florida Ospreys come to Tuscaloosa every year.  

Unless the football team fails to make the SEC championship game, I probably won't make it to any road games.  If the football team isn't in Atlanta, I guess I'll go to Cincy for the Xavier game, but all the other away games are during the week.  I was really hoping to make it to Wichita too.  

In other news, congratulations to both Trevor Releford and JaMychal Green.  Releford signed with a team in Poland, and Green signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs.  Best of luck to both of them.  


Monday, July 21, 2014

Good article on Kennedy Winston

I hope everyone is enjoying the off season.  Things have been relatively slow, I assume most of you have heard that Retin Obasohan had ankle surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, he should be good to go by November.

I thought I would share this al.com article about Kennedy Winston.  He is still playing overseas and running a basketball camp in Mobile, and it sounds like he is doing very well.  I particularly liked this quote:  "College basketball is hands down the best basketball.  It is better than any pro or high school."

Kennedy will always be one of my favorites.  I had a blast sitting next to his aunt (who was super cool) in Phoenix when we knocked off the defending champs to advance to the Elite 8.  It's great to hear that he's still doing well.




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Nick Jacobs- gone from Alabama

DJC and I pretty much saw this back in March... no surprise, but it leaves us really thin inside. I honestly don't know how we are going to compete in the SEC with the lack of size coming in next year.

Link

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Christophe Varidel transfers to Bama

He will be eligible as a senior for the upcoming season.  He was part of the Florida Gulf Coast's Cinderella team before transferring to Chaminade.  Varidel also considered Fordham and UCLA.  He looks like a good 3 point shooter, so this will provide additional depth on the perimeter if nothing else.

More from al.com

Thursday, May 08, 2014

SEC/Big 12 challenge matchups

We are not participating.
Link

Arkansas-Iowa St, Florida-Kansas, and Texas-Kentucky are the only good match-ups IMO.

Unrelated- I'm probably going to take on a smaller role on this blog starting next season... my disgust with our AD concerning hoops makes me a subjective poster. I've always tried to go the objective route, but to be honest I can't do that this coming season.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Oregon St fires Craig Robinson (Obama's brother in-law)

Seems like they didn't blink about a $4 million buyout despite not having the funds we do.
Link

Add to this what Bill Battle said recently about our basketball program, I continue to scratch my head at the direction we are going (hint- it's approaching Gilligan's Island hilarity).