Gino Torretta and Lamar Thomas come to town looking for the upset. Wait... this is a basketball blog... nevermind.
Let's try this again... Malcolm Grant leads his team to Tuscaloosa looking to advance to NEW YORK CITY! (in my best Texas Pete commercial ripoff). This Hurricane squad lost 11 games by less than 10 points so this should be a back and forth game. They blew a huge lead to North Carolina in the 2nd round of the ACC tournament to lose 61-59. They dominated that game for about 30 minutes.
Malcolm Grant leads the team at 15 PPG and is also their best 3pt threat hitting 42.8% beyond the arc. Adrian Thomas is the other guy to keep an eye on outside. Inside, Reggie Johnson is a load at 11.9 and 9.7 boards a game. I can't remember us having to guard a 6'10 300lber this season so Green/Hines will have their work cut out for them.
As a team, they go 8 deep so like us, they're not going to wear us down running guys in and out.
Keys to the game:
- get Reggie Johnson foul trouble. He can dominate inside.
- keep Grant in check.
- Charvez/someone keeping the Hurricanes honest with some outside shooting
- Releford is needed more than ever to dribble drive.
Prediction- We're going to NYC... too much JaMychal and Releford as we squeak out a close one in front of a raucous crowd at Coleman. Bama by 5.
Game time is 9PM EST (8PM CST) on ESPN2.