Friday, February 22, 2013

How much does the LSU game mean tomorrow (and a short preview)?

IT MEANS EVERYTHING if we are to hold on to those slim hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. We have 3 road games left with LSU IMO being the most winnable. I've read some say Ole Miss is, but with our history in the Tad Pad we REALLY need to win tomorrow afternoon in Red Stick.

Let's play scenarios... we finish the final five at 3-2 it puts us at 13-5. That's probably not good enough for an at large berth unless we somehow beat Mizzou and UK on our way to the finals of the SECT or or one of those wins is at UF (meaning we lose @ LSU and Ole Miss). Obviously, winning the tournament ends this discussion.

4-1 and we are in IMO. That puts us at 14-4 in conference. Yes, the SEC sucks monkey nuts, but being +10 in a 'Big Boy' conference plus being respectable in the SECT pretty much puts us in as a 10/11 seed.

Don't we all wish we could have back the Dayton, Tulane, Mercer, and Barn games?

LSU has won 5 of their last 7 including 4 straight at home. Johnny O'Bryant has led the team in boards in 9 of the last 10 games and 4 of the last 6 in scoring. He's also dropped 11 double-doubles this season. He torched us in the 1st meeting and probably will give us fits again inside. I think Moussa should take one for the team and...

Season stats

Another one to watch is Anthony Hickey. While he's still not shooting the ball well he has been doing a better jobs getting his teammates involved averaging just under 5 assist a game the last month. Andre Stringer is still their best 3pt shooter, Shavon Coleman has done a decent job rebounding (in spite of his recent offensive woes), and the 7 foot band geek turned great white hoops star Andrew Del Piero has been serviceable inside since becoming a starter the last 3 games. I predict an EPIC matchup between him and Gueye on both ends of the court.

Bottom line is this... we contain Johnny, we win. We let him go for 20/10 like he's been doing recently we lose. We need production from Cooper and Randolph. We also need to see more Obi-Wan Kenobi (Obasohan) spelling the Trevors at the point. With Steele and Jacobs questionable for the game we are down to 7 that will see the court... and with Pollard looking lost out there (he is rebounding well considering his minutes) that's not a good thing.

Game time is 1:30PM EST on the SECN and watchespn.com.

69 comments:

crimsontider said...

Here we are with all of our regular and post season hopes and dreams within sights, as we enter the home stretch of this fun but stressful basketball season. All we need to do is notch a road win against a mediocre team with virtually nothing to play for, and we perserve those dreams for another week. Alabama should be able to take care of buisness in a game like this. Right? Well, going by the past 2 decades of Alabama Basketball the answer is a heartbreaking NO! I feel like I have seen this movie before, and it continually results in the same ending. Over the years Alabama has had a hard time taking care if business in tricky games like this.


Will this team be different? If Anthony Grant is going to build a successful program here at Alabama, he better win games like this. Come tomorrow night will we be on cloud nine, or will we, the tortured fans of Alabama basketball be left to pick up the pieces after yet another late season heartbreaking loss to a mediocre team? I believe in you Coach Grant. I believe in this team, but you have to win games like this. Show me something Coach, change the script, avoid the trap, turn the tide. RTR

RichTide said...

So far this is one of the best played games by Bama this season. Solid offensively and defensively. Releford has been on fire. Hopefully they can close it out without a late game swoon in the last 5 min...

crimsontider said...

Put in Dakota Slaughter!!! Anybody is better than this clown Nick Jacobs! Jacobs is awful bench him!!!

crimsontider said...

Nick Jokeobs is going to cost us this game.

crimsontider said...

All of the people bashing Moussa are eating crow right now, i'm sure.

GEE said...

How many times #22 turned the ball over

crimsontider said...

At least you can't say Alabama plays boring games now.

crimsontider said...

This can't end well...

GEE said...

LACEY for 3 to win the game!

GEE said...

OPPS mean for the tie!

RichTide said...

So typical of Bama bball this year. Oh well, barring SECT champ, no NCAAT for 6th time in 7 years. After playing a great game that was a 'complete collapse' to use the announcer's term. When a team time and time again struggles at the end of a game it's coaching. All the Grant apologists...sorry. Blowing a 10-pt lead with 3 min left is inexcusable against a team you know leads the SEC in steals. Bama put the brakes on offensively and allowed LSU to scrap their way to a win. No excuse not to keep letting Releford run the offense. Whenever we shut it down to milk the clock the other team comes back. He didn't score in the last 17 min of the game after having 29 with 6:48 to go. Bama bball fans are like Cubs fans...always waiting for next year.

GEE said...

Triple T we got this now

crimsontider said...

These Refs are awful!!!!!

RichTide said...

Poof goes the NCAA bid. Bama fans are like Cubs fans...always waiting for next year.

GEE said...

If we lose this one where do we go from here?

RichTide said...

The Not Invited Tourney

crimsontider said...

Home cooking in baton rouge

RichTide said...

Typical SEC homer refs. All the close calls go to the home team. Free throws skewed beyond credibility. Still, LSU played to win. Bama played not to lose. Will burn you everytime...

crimsontider said...

Alabama cheated out of a win by the refs for the second time this season,Mal Moore and Anthony Grant need to be on the phone with slive now!!

crimsontider said...

Your headline title should be: "Refs, Nick Jacobs beat Alabama"

RichTide said...

When you have 10 pt lead with under 3 to go, you stick the dagger in so the refs can't steal one from you at the end. Refs weren't the reason, Bama blew it

crimsontider said...

I think Jacobs should be benched, how do you not come up with a rebound there? Absurd! I can deal with Pollard's inept play, at least he tries, same can't be said about Nick JOKEobs

Msmilie said...

Are you stupid? The team didn't milk the clock and that's one of the reasons, along with poor defensive rebounding down the stretch, that cost them the game. Cooper took two ill-advised shots early in the shot clock late in the game that gave LSU two extra possessions. It's a crushing loss, but to blame this solely on Grant is beyond ridiculous. The Grant haters are becoming ludicrous at this point in your lack of logic in calling for the man's head. He had these guys ready to play, they outplayed LSU for 37 minutes, but the lack of having Moussa and Levi in the game late to rebound cost us. Give LSU some credit instead of ripping Coach Grant. They never gave up and made plays down the stretch in regulation and overtime (Hickey and Stringer hit several shots with hands in their face). I'm more concerned with the next game at this point. I think the Auburn game is on Tuesday and I worry about how this team will respond to this crushing loss.

crimsontider said...

28-9 FT discrepancy, did you see those last two calls? The refs and Nick Jacobs are the only reason we lost this game.

crimsontider said...

M is right on this one, Alabama had to overcome the incompetency of Nick Jacobs, and the idiot offcials, I do wish Grant would have put Slaughter in at least he tries.

crimsontider said...

Yep, called it, this one was as heartbreaking as they come, why do I do this to myself?

crimsontider said...

I do wish Coach Grant would have pulled Gueye after his third foul, but to call for his job after this game, is as M said is ridiculous.

GEE said...

First of all we played pretty good in the three overtimes!what happen before then.And I like to thank Bobbyjack,Crimsontider,DJC,ALIAS,MSMILE,and HUNTSVILLE.Great BLOG you guys are awesome! I respect y'all keep up the good work.

crimsontider said...

I bet the people who bash Grant's system, would really like to have a 58-56 win right now.

bobbyjack said...

I missed the final 2 OTs due to my phone dying and I find out we lost this critical game. I want to say like others that for the first 37 minutes I thought this was the best game we played all season.


Of the writers on this site I am the most critical of Grant and even I can say that the team was in position to win which is all a coach really can do. I'm not gonna call it a choke because that's too easy... and the truth is LSU made some big plays down the stretch in regulation to tie it up. Nevertheless this loss pretty much ends our AT LARGE berth chances. Need to win the SECT to get in now. That is disappointing.


The one thing I can get onto Grant about that others have said is roster management. We have 12 scholarship players and I bet the farm we are sitting at 24-5 instead of 18-9. That's what REALLY SUCKS!

bobbyjack said...

Just wanted to say there is no such thing as SEC refs. They travel all over the country to call games.

crimsontider said...

Lacey dissapeared down the stretch, but it was mostly Nick Jacobs, I have no idea why we play him, all he does is loaf around and does not even try on defense, he is awful.

crimsontider said...

Just so disappointing, why do I do this to myself?

bobbyjack said...

Why we play him? Because he's one of our 2 big men on the roster. Put that on Grant why we have no decent big men on the team in year 4.

crimsontider said...

Sorry that was a dumb question, i'm just frustrated, I know why we play him, because moussa's offensive game is not well rounded enough. Thats why Grant needs to sign a good offensive big man, so we can stop playing that no rebound, no box-out, no effort Nick Jacobs.

crimsontider said...

I love Alabama Basketball, but dang they sure do make it hard sometimes.

RichTide said...

Yup, I'm stupid. Except for Cooper's two quick shots (13 sec and 15 sec into the shot clock), no one on the team was looking to score. Even the announcers said LSU was the more aggressive team in the last 3 min of regulation. Go ahed a fire away if being critical of Grant's end of game coaching is being a hater. John Wooden said how a team plays in the last 2 min is how they are coached every day in practice. If this was an abberation I wouldn't be so critical of Grant, but look at this season, we've had too many issues with too many games in the final 2 minutes, even the ones Bama has won. Guess what? Poor decisions at the end of games by players is coaching. Who got the heat when UGa didn't call time out and threw that short pass in the SECCG? Richt, not the QB! Grant may have had them ready to play this game but he didn't have them ready to play 40 min. What has Saban been able to beat into the football players? Play for 60 min. Go ahead and disagree but most Bama bball fan holds their breath in the last 5 min of every game, regardless how big the lead is. I think Grant is incredibly classy, represents Bama well, and would love for him to be wildly successful but after 4 years of results, with the same glaring issues, saying his coaching is lacking is not being a hater. Donovan had this same problem at UF until he brought experienced head coaches onto his staff. Donovan said he brought his dad on board specifically for end of game situations. Grant needs someone to help him with late game management, offensive gameplanning, and development of of big men. If he can fix those areas, Bama becomes a top 25 program. Ask yourself? Do we lose to UT, Barn and LSU with Calipari or Pearl as our coach? That said. I would rather lose with Grant than win with Bruce Pearl...

crimsontider said...

I don't blame Coach Grant for this loss, he put the players in position to win. But we are paying him 2 million a year, and have no NCAAT wins through 4 year, and almost every season has ended in heartbreak. Nobody want's Anthony Grant to succeed more than me, but you have to start winning games like these, and until we do, we will have to settle for being an average program, which really stinks.

crimsontider said...

Criticizing Grant's late game coaching is reasonable, calling for his head is not.

RichTide said...

Not sure where I ever called for Grant to be fired. No desire to go through another coaching transition, but Grant needs to hire asst's that make up for his coaching deficiencies. Some on this board view being critical of Grant's coaching issues as being a hater or calling for his head.

RichTide said...

Jacobs' incompetency and Pollard's lack of progression is...their fault? Grant has to take as much responsibility for their lack of development. Our guards are well coached. Our big men are not and haven't been under Grant. Find an asst that can fix that!

RichTide said...

Agree refs blew those last two calls. In SEC venues FT disparity for home teams has always been a glaring problem. Jacobs didn't help but his (and Pollard's) lack of development sits squarely on the coaching staff. What big man has improved in the last 4 years? Even JaMychal regressed offensively his last 2.

RichTide said...

Wasn't Pollard supposed to be our good offensive big man? He averaged 24 pts, 16 reb his sr year! One year later he looks less effective than Engstrom! Releford's offensive improvement is huge this year, but we don't seem to have anyone that can coach bigs.

RichTide said...

Yup. Coaching is more than X's and O's. I like Grant's system but it requires depth and positional coaching. He needs an asst with mad roster mgt skills.

crimsontider said...

I have been critical of Grant to, look at some of my other comments.

RichTide said...

Don't forget the homecookin' in Knoxville with the 'no call.' That's why when you have a lead you cannot let SEC refs steal one at the end!

RichTide said...

Ugh. This must be what it feels like to be a Miss State football fan...oh so close every year

crimsontider said...

I think we have a really good young coach, and need to be patient. Alabama went for the young, up and coming coach, and this is what you get with them sometimes.But there is no doubt we have made huge strides since Gottfried's final few years. Billy Donovan had the same problems his first few years at Florida. While I understand the frustrations some of you have,I really do think CAG is for the most part, getting the most out of this group of players.

crimsontider said...

Could Releford potentially declare for the draft after this year?

crimsontider said...

Yep

GEE said...

Does anybody remember last year when Tony Mitchell was suspended Anthony Grant said this was his team?Or was everybody just listening to the other comments he was making about his team!Last year whenTony Mitchell was being on sportscenter top plays.Things started going bad!Could it have been he didn't want him to leave for pro early!T-Mitch was another Gerald Wallace. Right now he's avg.18.5 in NBA DL.He just wanted to win and not slow the ball down and get out of rythem.Grants is holding back the talent on this team to keep his job.Lacey, and Randolph their shooters,they been that way since freshman year in high school. Why would they just stop shooting now?Unless they were told to run clock down and then shoot ?When I play ball a coach was like a second father. I wonder if you take a poll how many Alabama players will agree! Why is everybody scared of Anthony Grant! Even the media is scared to ask him tough questions! But like Grant said this is his team! He does what he wants!!!!!!

crimsontider said...

Yea that was CAG's problem with TM, he wanted him to not declare for the draft so much, that he suspended him for the rest of the season, and eventually kicked him off the team. That has to be one of the most rediculous comments I have ever seen on here.

crimsontider said...

Called it

RichTide said...

No offense but Billy Donovan is only one year older than Grant, Butler's Brad Stephens is 36 (back to back nat'l runner up), and Shaka Smart is 35 (Final Four and Sweet 16 in 3 yrs as head coach). When I was at the VCU game they liked Grant but most thought Smart was a superior game coach. Whether VCU is down by 20 or up by 20 he expects (and usually gets) the same level of effort and intensity. I believe Grant expects the same but somehow lacks the method to impart that on the players. VCU fans said under Grant there were too many stretches of no offense, no defense, or both. Sound familiar? BTW - We blew a 10 pt lead with 3 min to go and VCU came back from down 17 in the second half AT Xavier...and won. I agree we have a good coach, but I wish Grant would find that missing quality and become a great one.

GEE said...

Crimsontider maybe I'm wrong .But I think these kids deserve more. Look at what or baseball team,softball, football, golf, gymnastics and etc. Why can't we produce on the ball court the talents their.Is it coaching or what.

crimsontider said...

None taken, you have the right to your opinion. I was just making the comparison. Shaka Smart did not go to the sweet 16 last year, and went to the final 4 with Anthony Grant's players.

crimsontider said...

We will, Alabama is close. I think next year could be a big year for basketball, and this year is not over yet.

GEE said...

Yeah I know I guess I'm just jumping the gun.Do you think we can get Hakeem Olajuwon to come work with the big men.he be a He__of a coach.

crimsontider said...

If that is possible that would be great. It may not be, but Coach Grant might as well try.

crimsontider said...

Thanks, but I don't actually write for the blog. DJC, Alias, Msmilie, HVille, and BobbyJack do a good job with that.

crimsontider said...

In other news, UNC drills NC State 76-65. I'm sure CMG is so "Proud." There is a Final Four caliber team that will bow out in the first round.

crimsontider said...

I do think Grant may try to tweak the staff a bit.

crimsontider said...

I loved how defiant Grant was in his post game interview, I have a feeling they will be "Ready to play" on tuesday night.

RAY said...

don't let m get to you rich. this is a guy who's had his head up anthony grant's ass from day one. he pulls it out occasionally to attack objective commenters such as yourself and then shulphf, right back up in there.


(i think he's afraid of losing his place in line.

crimsontider said...

Finebammer, the offensive product you constantly whine about improved today. And your boy Larranaga got drilled by an 11-14 ACC team.

RAY said...

ct, my "boy" larranaga coaches a top 10 (in the nation) team that will not only make the tournament this season, but will do so as a 5 seed or higher. (in his second season there. not that it's unfamiliar territory for him, he took george mason to the final four in '06)


what is happening at miami right now is part of the process of building your team up for a run in march. the great coaches WANT their team brought back to earth before building momentum for a march tourney run. not saying they throw games. am saying losses at this time of the season help them ground egos and meld a team.


but don't let that keep you from taking shots and making idiotic comparisons of grant to a coach that's been there and done that.


larranaga DID things with the george mason program that had NEVER been done. he WILL (already has) take the miami program to places they've never been. he WILL NOT stay there.


the difference between you, m and myself, you and m bitch about the state of the program but in reality are satisfied. you compare alabama with what the college basketball pack is doing and advocate more of the same by propping up grant.


i watch the cream of the crop and wonder 'why not us'? i look at coleman coliseum and wonder 'what the hell are we doing'? i watch us make a millionaire of a man who after four years has us playing some of the most lackluster basketball i have ever watched at alabama and wonder why? (and yes, i'm including david hobb's error basketball)


i listen to and read to those who are basically satisfied with the status quo product rip the customers for not buying in to snoozefest games and wonder 'what the hell are they thinking'?

crimsontider said...

I have said numerous times that I am not satisfied with the state of the program, but I do support Grant, and do think he has us in the right direction. He inherited a program going in the wrong direction from Gottfried, and while we are not where we can, and should be, there is no doubt there has been drastic improvement since Grant took over. He will win over 20 games for the third straight year this year. Gottfried did not do that in any of his last 4 years. The difference between me and you is that I show concern about the program, you complain on here every game, win or lose, and want to fire someone every time there is a missed shot.

crimsontider said...

Mark Gottfried has been to the second weekend of the NCAAT more than Laranaga has. Why don't we just hire him back?

Msmilie said...

Finebammer: Don't judge. I'm sure you've had your head shoved up someone's ass that you've respected a time or two in your life. You know, guys like Nathan Bedford Forrest, David Duke, Rush Limbaugh.