from their home court in The Hump! Here's a quick summary.
The first half reminded me of the Oklahoma State game. M$U was much bigger and more physical than any five we were able to put on the floor and the officials were allowing a great deal of physical play underneath the basket that disrupted Bama's best scoring efforts. Bama led by one at the half. I expected the Bulldogs to wear down the Tide with physical play in the second half, but it was M$U who eventually wilted.
We don't need to read too much into one game, but anytime you can take a game from State on their home court it's a big, big win. It looked to me like Sidney lost his composure and probably was not in shape to play an up paced game. He was a virtual non-factor in the second half. The Tide has moved to primarily a half-court press this season, and that seemed to take its toll on both M$U's physical and mental composure.
The Bama boys maintained their composure and Coach Grant stayed on top of the game, calling a cruicial time out to keep Greene from losing his cool at what proved to be the pivitol point of the game.
State cannot be expected to perform so casually on offense in the future, but they got almost as rattled as the Tide did a few years ago against Clemson. The good news is that Coach Grant's approach of instilling physical and mental toughness in his players is beginning to produce fruit and the more this group plays together the better they have the chance to become.
I'll take any win over a $lick Rick $tan$field team, but an 18 point blow out is especially sweet. Let's hope our kids keep their heads on straight and keep doing whatever it takes to get a little bit better each and every week.