Bama fell to Tulane tonight by a score of 53-50. It was Alabama's fifth loss in their last six games and their third straight home defeat.
Jesus H. Christ. It is hard to fathom what has happened to this team. This not the team that began the season 6-0, nor do I know what has happened to that team. The team probably doesn't even know what's happened to that team. Alabama will be hard pressed to post a winning record at the rate this season is going. And I can't and won't make any excuses for this coaching staff. Not any more. Bottom line: it's year four and this program is nowhere near being a consistent championship level program, conference or otherwise. I love ya Coach Grant, but it's true.
The game tonight. Well, Nick Jacobs finally shows up and plays a hell of a ball game......but......our guards decide to take the night off. Of course they did. I counted 4-5 (at least) missed wide open shots that could have changed the tone of the game. And our guys - our 4/5 star guys - could not knock one of them down. Not one. I'm a defensive guy. I love defensive basketball. But f*****g hell, is the team going through shooting drills at all? This has become too routine. This has to be addressed. I love defense, but at the end of the day you have to be able to put the ball in the fricken hoop if you want to win games.
To their credit, the team did show some heart in the second half when Tulane took their first five point lead. Unfortunately, the team could not build on that momentum and failed to finish a game yet again. And I'll also give Moussa Gueye some credit for playing his role well during the game. The team finally got some inside production and the perimeter guys failed to answer the call. It's so frustrating being a fan of this program right now.
A tip of the hat to Tulane's Josh Davis. He was the best player on the court and single-handedly kept Tulane in the game at points when it looked like Bama could take some measure of control. If Alabama had a guy that played with half the energy, heart and hustle of that guy, they would be in much better shape right now.
At this point, just cherish whatever victories this team can nab this season and repeat the mantra that has become near and dear to all of us: wait until next season. Cause folks, that's probably the best we can hope for.
Happy New Year to everyone.