Friday, March 22, 2013

Road to the NIT Championship continues- Stanford

Your reigning, DEFENDING NIT champs ARE HERE (tomorrow at 11AM CST). Stanford is looking to do something only 2 other programs have done in history... win BACK TO BACK NIT CHAMPIONSHIPS! You remember the great Dave "Mr. NIT" Odom leading the Gamecocks to 2 in a row recently right? Probably not. Anyways.

Stanford comes in 19-14 overall (9-9 in the PAC-12). They have 1 real win of note this year... over PAC-12 tourney champs Oregon. They beat Stephen F Austin 58-57 in the 1st round of the NIT.To be honest I'm not sure why they made the NIT... Arkansas and LSU IMO have a better resume than them.

Game note from Stanford.

The big thing in defending Stanford IMO is limiting their 3 point looks. They shoot 36% as a team. Do that and keep Dwight Powell from dropping 20/10 on us inside and we should be in good shape to win this game comfortably. Don't get beat up on the boards (Stanford has 2 that average 8+ boards a game).

Powell leads the team with 15.3 PPG. Next up are Chasson Randle and Josh Heustis (who might be the first brother I've heard of from Great Falls, MT) at 13.7 and 10.6.Aaron Bright runs the offense and also pours in 9.4 a game.

Team stats

I don't see how we lose this game, but given how unpredictable (and bipolar) this team has been this year it's not out of the realm of possibility. Maybe Stanford is out for revenge for getting beat as the #1 overall seed by us in 2004 (HA! Even their coach at the time isn't there now... coaching at rival Cal in the NCAAT). Still, I feel pretty good about this match up and say we win by 11.

Game time is noon EST (11AM CST) on ESPN.

25 comments:

crimsontider said...

Ok, but what about the game against Auburn where we were lackluster the entire game and suffered a devastating loss, that cost us big time? That game was on Feb. 6. Are you telling me Retin couldn't have played then?

crimsontider said...

I call it like I see it, great game today no doubt, but it only makes me question some of the early season losses more. If we could have played like this when the games mattered more, we could be in a much better place now.

crimsontider said...

Agree, the crowd was great today. Alabama really needs to find a way to get crowds like this more often.

Msmilie said...

He could have, but Andrew Steele played 21 minutes. Where did Retin fit in the rotation when Andrew was healthy (well, relatively speaking)?

crimsontider said...

We have been playing with 8 or 9 scholarship players a year. Are you telling me with our attrition and lack of depth that we could not fit Retin in the rotation?

Msmilie said...

You seem unable to grasp that Retin was unable to play at the level earlier in the season that he is now. But that's okay. You seem unable to grasp quite a few things.

Msmilie said...

Our depth issues are and have been in the frontcourt since Engstrom was injured. Even before his injury, the team was not particularly skilled or experienced in the frontcourt. Retin is a guard. Depth was not an issue in the backcourt when Andrew was playing. When Andrew has been out, Retin has received more playing time. In December, when Andrew was injured, Retin played. I don't seem to remember him being able to effectively turn the tide in those games. Do you?

crimsontider said...

Really? Retin played against Mercer and Tulane. I don't seem to recall that.

Msmilie said...

Retin played 14 minutes against Mercer and 9 minutes against Tulane.

RAY said...

we defended home court. we were supposed to win.

crimsontider said...

Not enough, should have played about 25-30.

Msmilie said...

Oh my god. Okay, whatever. Jesus, man. Retin wasn't capable of playing a productive 25-30 minutes at that time. Can you not understand that? Who would you have taken the minutes from? You're really grasping for reasons to hate on Anthony Grant, man.

Not sure if you guys follow Alabama uber fan Hunter Johnson on twitter (@HunterLJohnson), but this tweet from earlier today perfectly sums up crimsontider. "Now people are complaining about Retin Obasohan not starting. Bammers: Finding something to complain about since 1831."


Couldn't say it better myself, Hunter.

Edd Gee said...

Great win today guys.RTR.And CONGRATULATIONS Tony Mitchell Dleague slam dunk champion.He put up 47 points and 12 rebounds and 5 assists friday night against former teammate Jamychal Green who had 29 points 13 rebounds.GREAT WEEK FOR THE TIDE!We'll be watching these guys in pro soon!

crimsontider said...

Tony Mitchell, what a talent. To bad he got big headed, or he would have been special. Sigh.

Edd Gee said...

Looks likes he's doing pretty good to me.Last ten games 25 per game,season 20.4 huh.not bad for the big head.

crimsontider said...

I meant more of a waste for Alabama. Tony could still have a good career in the NBA, and I wish him the best, but after Puerto Rico he was never the same, and it showed in his mentality. If he had kept his head on a swivel he could have led Alabama deep in the tourney with his talent.

crimsontider said...

Nobody with as much talent as Alabama should be missing the NCAAT. So when a team rediculously underacheives there are complaints.

Edd Gee said...

ok crimsontider lets get back to the present.I and think we going to be a very good team next year.we are a young team with alot of talent.i being to see what i wanted to see any giving night 1 of 5 players can put you up 15.but right now we need to win this tournament and let the momentum carry us into next year.when you an athLete a trophy means a lot.WELLto me it did.ASK Kentucky!WITCHITA STATE JUST KNOCK OFF NUMBER 1 TEAM! DIDN,T THEY WIN THIS TOURNAMENT 2 YEAR AGO AGAINST WHO?

Msmilie said...

Ridiculously underachieves?????? Are you serious? A team with limited perimeter shooting, little to no inside game and one of the youngest rosters in D-1 basketball has won 23 games. Explain to me how THIS TEAM has underachieved. They had one poor stretch in December that probably cost them an NCAA tournament bid. Give me a fucking break. Go away, man. I'm through dealing with your dumb ass.

crimsontider said...

Agreed, we will have hype which next year which worries me. We always seem to fall short of our talent level which was my point on the whole Tony Mitchell thing.

Edd Gee said...

just hope relford dont leave for pro

crimsontider said...

We are a team with a top 5 recruiting class two years in a Mcdonald's All American, and one of the best open floor players in the country in Trevor Releford, that is enough talent to at least make the NCAAT. Their was not one Alabama fan that I heard from before the season that did not predict at least a NCAAT berth. We are 4 years in to the coaching regime, don't blame the fans for getting a little frustrated.

crimsontider said...

Oh geez, that would be terrible, but I doubt that will happen.

Msmilie said...

Yes, that's right. Completely ignore the points I made about THIS TEAM.



Recruiting rankings mean nothing. Absolutely zero. You're showing Retin a lot of love, but what was he rated? Yeah, you see, recruiting ratings don't mean squat. You recruit kids, you coach them, you develop them, and you hope they have that intrinsic something that makes a player a winner. That's it. End of Story. Antoine Pettway was a walk-on, and he's one of the most popular Bama players in program history because he was coachable, he worked on his game and he was just a winner as a person.



And you don't represent the entire fan base, crimson. I don't think those people at the game today would agree with you.



Yes, I predicted an NCAA berth before the season, but the injuries in December hurt this team. If Engstrom and Steele don't miss major time, maybe that results in a few more wins and Bama makes the tournament. I've never said I was completely satisfied with how the season played out by the way, but to say that this team has underachieved is simply ridiculous and unfair to these kids who, despite missing the tournament, have played at a pretty high level in the first two NIT games. I'm not sure they can win this tournament, but at least they're giving it their best. That is to be celebrated, not derided as being "underachieving".

bobbyjack said...

You two can bicker like old ladies on here for all I care, but the profanityha got to.stop. I really don't feel.like moderating but I will with a heavy hand if I have to.