Posted: 7:00 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013
Bammer- Today I have asked one of our basketball writers, Jeremy_RBR to add his thoughts after Alabama's win against Northeastern Tuesday night. Enjoy.
It’s a shame hardly anybody was there to see it. The announced crowd was 2,889. That might have been the smallest announced crowd at Coleman Coliseum since 2,619 saw the 1991-92 season opener.
Jeremy- Is there a bigger way to say "Duh"? We came out on all cylinders to take a 16 point lead late in the first, but, predictably, went into sloppy mode producing an offensive drought that has become expected of this team. Thankfully we were able to right the ship and win convincingly but it came against a very mediocre opponent. It's encouraging, to me at least, that Grant recognizes this as a microcosm of the season, and the players seem frustrated by the Tide's inability to put together a complete game.
As for the attendance, it's not a concern to me. Disappointment in the season + Tuesday night NIT game against a vastly inferior team right before spring break - I don't see an issue. I'd expect to have a solid crowd for the game Saturday against Stanford.
Alabama (22-12), one of four No. 1 seeds in the 32-team field, will play host to Stanford in the second round at 11 a.m. CDT Saturday. The Cardinal defeated Stephen F. Austin 58-57 on Tuesday at home in the first round.
Again, the key theme is inconsistency and anyone with a basic fundamental understanding of basketball has been screaming this all season. During these offensive droughts we take poor shots, rush our offense, and turn down our defense a notch. This team is loaded with solid talent and if we can consistently put together a 40-minute game, we'll never make major waves.
I'm enjoying watching Randolph play. He's exciting and as the season has progressed it appears he has become more comfortable taking over and his shot selection has improved. I expect him to step into a leadership role next year with Steele leaving
The Cardinal holds off Stephen F. Austin in a first-round game at home.
Stanford isn't there usual NCAAT-quality team, but we will need to cut out our mid-game drought (or at least shorten it) if we are going to win this one. We need to get deep in the NIT to end the season on as high a note as possible, as our expectations for 2013 will be much greater than the results of this season.