Monday, March 25, 2013

Battle to NYC- Maryland preview

Winner goes to NEW YORK CITY. Forget Atlanta, I'd rather be in NY (if the championship means close to the same). Regardless, This should be a great matchup (and if we win I think the toughest one left).

Here's the preview from the Maryland side of the fence. Terps come in 24-12 (8-10 in the ACC) beating Niagara and Denver along the way.

To be brutally honest, I've seen Maryland play 2 times this year and didn't come away impressed either time. Then again I can say I've seen us play 32 times and came away impressed 2 times, but anyways...

I know containing Dez Wells should be job #1 for us. I think that will be a job for Cooper and Randolph as both have the height and quickness to keep him at bay. Alex Len is going to bang inside against our monster Moussa Gueye. He will give Gueye fits since he can score and rebound. Logan Aronhalt is by far their best 3 point shooter at 44%.

Season stats

Defensively, Maryland is 10th nationally in defensive FG percentage. This game might be 1st to 50 wins.

Game time is 7:30PM EST on Tuesday on ESPN.

35 comments:

RAY said...

voices i always love hearing in interviews, gene stallings and:

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013130329849

RAY said...

http://www.lostlettermen.com/aaron-crafts-drawn-charge-gets-memed/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter



of course, i like the pink floyd one.

RAY said...

well, it's halftime and the Terps are making us look like fools.

crimsontider said...

3 plays stand out so far in the second half. Releford dribbling behind his back and getting all fancy spoiling a chance for a layup. Lacey traveling on the end bounds pass, and Moussa's stupid lane violation. Perfectly represents the sense of entitlement Alabama has played with the past two years.

crimsontider said...

Trevor Releford is ready for spring break.

crimsontider said...

Geez, Lacey was fouled.

RAY said...

yep. but we had so many opportunities to take control of this game in the second half.

crimsontider said...

Yea,no excuse for losing to an 8-10 ACC team at home, that turned the ball 16 times. It's still hard to lose like that in the postseason for the second straight year. Although they can't compare. Losing like that in the NCAAT last year was much worse. The NIT is nothing but glorified exhibitions.

Edd Gee said...

SPEECHLESS !!!!!!!!MY HEART BLEEDS CRIMSON!!!!!!!

Msmilie said...

Well, darn it. The guys battled, but too many ill-timed mistakes, couldn't get stops when they needed them, Len abused us. Nevertheless, Lacey had a good look at the end and it just didn't drop. I wish Releford had held on to the ball and took the last shot, but Lacey has hit a couple of those shots this season so it's hard to complain too much about that last shot.


Releford had a nice second half but he needed to have a 40 minute game. Randolph and Cooper played well. And I thought Nick played well despite a serious size mismatch inside with Len. The bench didn't produce as much tonight and that hurt. Maryland is a deeper team than I thought. Not sure they will transition well to the Big 10 next season, but if Len comes back (doubtful) they have a chance to be top 25 good.



Speaking of which, I sure hope we can get better in the post next season. As much as I love Moussa and his efforts to improve, it really is 4 vs 5 when he's on the floor. Engstrom has a long way to go as a basketball player, but I think we're a better team this season if Engstrom isn't injured. And we have to find consistent three point shooting. That Layman kid really stuck us with those two late threes.



Ah, I hate when the season ends. Unlike most of you, I don't find much entertainment on the baseball diamond so it's a long 7 month wait for me. I guess now we sit back and watch what happens with the Grant speculation and on the recruiting trail. Even though all of us haven't agreed this season on the state of things, I do enjoy having a place to write about and discuss Alabama basketball. Here's hoping we're all a lot happier next season. Roll Tide.

crimsontider said...

Alabama assistant coach currently caking the youth excuse on the radio broadcast while Anthony Grant mumbles through his post game presser. No excuses next year. Big offseason getting underway for Bama.

Msmilie said...

How big was that lane violation in light of a one point loss? Geez

crimsontider said...

Yea, both teams tried to give the game away. Bama should have taken it at home.

crimsontider said...

I hate to slam Moussa, as he plays so hard, but with Engstrom coming back, and the two big men coming in, I look forward to seeing less playing time for him. He just does not look like he can play on this level especially offensively. It just looks like he has little to no understanding of the fundamentals of the game.

crimsontider said...

"The main goal of the program is not to go one and done in the NCAAT, it is to win a National Championship"-Chris Stewart Love his expectations, no reason this basketball program can not have those types of expectations. The crowd was great tonight, need to find a way to get those types of games during the regular season.

RAY said...

well, frankly, we are a dumb basketball team. yes, i said it, D. U. M. B.

what DJC said about grant's instruction to moose at that point in the season is just inexcusable.

we came out tonite in absolute fear of who we were facing. on our home court. fear.

in the second, we fought back defensively but made too many stupid mistakes. and that's not just me talking. Dan Hipsher said the very same in the post game interview.

i about to say something here that will send some of you through the roof, but here goes:

white kids can play basketball. and around the country, they're playing some damn good basketball too. i know we have our token in engstrom but i just don't know why there aren't more white kids on our team. and this is not a grant thing. this goes back to gottfried's last few years. donovan's got one in patrick murphy that's gonna be a thorn in our side for years to come.

that layman kid that stuck the knife in us is a FRESHMAN.

white, black, purple, green, we've got to get some basketball players on the court.

and don't be surprised if Lacey transfers. his frustration down the stretch has been palpable.

finally, we have to make some changes around the program if real improvement is to be expected. look at what happened when we got the football flunkie mafia out of that gym for these games.



simple things. obvious things. some things that require some common sense investment by that athletic dept.


i said this year when some of you were getting on the crowd they were not to blame. these last three games have bore out what i've been saying for years.


it ain't the fans.


build it and they will come.

crimsontider said...

What did DJC say about Moussa and Grant? I think I missed that. Interesting thought on Lacey as well. What have you heard? It would be ashamed if he transfers as I still think he has a ton of talent and potential, but he is clearly frustarated, and it is clear the coaching staff is misusing him.

RAY said...

Sitting close to the bench, I can occasionally hear things being said by the coaching staff or players, but sitting just a little bit closer last night I could hear almost all of the instructions Coach Grant was yelling out during the game. Of course, some of the terminology is specific to our system and not readily understandable, but what really struck me was how much instruction Moussa Gueye requires on offense. As far as I can tell, Moussa does not do anything on offense without Coach Grant's instruction. Every single possession it was "other side Moose", "Moussa, Post!" "Moussa, C'mon" (this meant go set a high ball screen.) "Roll Moose" (Of course this would follow the ball screen.). When he got called for 3 seconds, Coach Grant did not even get onto him for it, he just turned around and given the expression on his face, I think Coach believed it was his fault for not instructing him to get out of the lane.

RAY said...

from DJC after the northwestern game.

Msmilie said...

Change the seating policy and improve the non-conference home schedule and I think the fans will turn out. It's easier to bring people in when you're playing tougher competition like a Stanford or a Maryland.

RAY said...

happy, it's not just the number of fans, it's the quality. there ARE real live alabama basketball fans out there that, if put in the right position, can make a difference.


i'll bet you dollars to your happy donuts grant would trade the last three crowds for any this season sans kentucky in a heartbeat

Msmilie said...

He was a highly rated guy coming out of Juco. All I can figure is that the multiple leg injuries have really limited him physically. Len's size affected the game. Moussa has size, but I've yet to see him consistently affect a game with his size. A lot of it is due to his lack of mobility. I agree with you that Engstrom, assuming he returns healthy, and a guy like Jimmie Taylor will probably take a lot of Moussa's minutes next season. I also want to see an improved and mature Nick Jacobs next season. The kid looks great now, but it took him all season to get his weight under control. I want to see a kid hungry for a starting spot coming into next season.

RAY said...

and those fans showed up to see ALABAMA. not stanford or maryland.

crimsontider said...

Agree that scheduling is big as well. It's pretty clear the NCAAT committee values Non-conference strength of schedule in a big way, even if you lose to the good teams you play. Ala Middle Tennessee this year, and UAB two years ago.

RAY said...

also, where was retin obasohan tonite??

http://stats.al.com/cbk/boxscore.asp?gamecode=201303260006&home=6&vis=343



14 minutes??? considering the way he's been playing and all he gets is fourteen minutes??

crimsontider said...

Yea, that is completely ridiculous.

crimsontider said...

Although to be fair, Retin took a hard fall to the floor near the baseline, and maybe Grant did not want to risk his future for an NIT bid.

Msmilie said...

Where were they for the Northeastern game then? You're fooling yourself if you think power conference teams don't bring in better crowds.

RAY said...

and you're fooling yourself if you think that's all they showed up to see. that NE crowd made more noise than most of the regular seson crowds did. and they probably looked better on tv.


the football flunkie mafia has to go, happy. they're choking the program to death.

crimsontider said...

I don't feel like ranting on the tide totals program right now, but I think we all know what needs to happen to get better crowds to these games.

crimsontider said...

If by the football flunkie mafia, you mean the football only fans sitting in the front seats, I agree. That has to change if Alabama wants to develop a good basketball program.

RAY said...

that's EXACTLY who i mean. the ones who get tickets because they spent big money on football. the one's who don't show. the ones who do sitting on their asses.


writing letters to the athletic dept when someone stands in front of them cheering the team, blocking their view while they sit on their ass.


i've told folks on more than one occasion if they can't see, get off your ass and make noise while you're at it. i've had ushers ask me to sit down.

Rocky Mountain High Tide said...

When we only had a 3 point lead after the terps didn't score for what, 8 min? That's when I knew we wouldn't win the game. I don't know what to make of MD. I see a team with some real good size and talent but doesn't seem to play that well together and makes plenty of dumb mistakes. Much like a slightly more talented version of Bama. I have to agree with Ray, this team makes dumb mistakes too much. All basketball teams will have periods of uninspired play during games but the lack of intensity and dumb plays have got to go hand in hand. I can only hope that competition within the team will increase focus. Right now players know consequences for dumb play aren't severe because there's no depth on the team and they will play again, a lot. But when consequences mean significant loss of minutes, we can only hope that helps. CAG better declare all starting positions open for next year. Well, maybe decide Rely has to play point and lock that in, but everything else should be up for grabs. No one player showed enough consistency throughout the year to deserve a guaranteed spot, again save Releford. I guess we'll for sure one year from now, just right before the Sweet 16 starts.

Edd Gee said...

Dear alabama fans and supporters.Please help us rebuild Tuscaloosa .By donating to the ANTHONY GRANT BUYOUT RELIEF FUND.The goal is 1.3 million dollars.PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR KIDS.REMEMBER TALENT IS A TERRIBLE TO WASTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Msmilie said...

You wasted ten minutes of your life writing this and I wasted ten seconds of mine reading it. Remember Edd, time is a terrible thing to waste.